Gary Rosenblatt

We Talk A Good Game

03/20/2013
Editor and Publisher

http://www.russellberriefoundation.org/initiative_jr_ujafederation.phpHow much, if any, cooperation and collaboration can there be — or should there be — among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities, starting with their rabbis?

Gary Rosenblatt

A More Balanced Picture

New and authentic films will counter Israel's negative image.

03/14/2013
Editor and Publisher

I was relieved and not at all disappointed last month when neither of the Israeli entries for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards came home with the prize. I felt badly that the two films representing Israel, “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken Cameras,” cinematically compelling as they were, took aim at the country’s alleged faults rather than its miraculous accomplishments, sending a skewed message around the world.

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.

03/04/2013
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

Don't Confront, Educate

Jewish students' aversion to conflict prompts pro-Israel activists to shift tactics on campus.

02/27/2013
Editor and Publisher

There is a crisis regarding perceptions of Israel on college campuses today. But it’s probably not the one you think it is.

Gary Rosenblatt

Has Jewish Infighting Finally Hit Bottom?

We need a full-time professional to get us to talk to one another.

02/20/2013
Editor and Publisher

It strikes me as praiseworthy, and more than a little sad, that the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York has created a position called “director of Jewish intracommunal affairs.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Rabbi Hartman's Judaism Of Many Rooms

A brilliant thinker, he let others debate whether he remained in the Orthodox fold.

02/11/2013
Editor and Publisher

“Would you like to win a Pulitzer Prize?” Rabbi David Hartman asked me one day, a number of years ago.

I said sure, and wondered why he asked.

David Hartman

The Jewish Museum You’ve Never Been To

Why does the Museum of Tolerance fly under the radar?

02/05/2013
Editor and Publisher

One of the best-kept secrets in the New York Jewish community most certainly is the Museum of Tolerance in Midtown — and not by design.

Gary Rosenblatt

Ex-Mossad Head: ‘Haredization’ Trumps Iran As Threat

Recent Israeli elections surprised and pleased even world-weary intelligence veteran: sees 'winds of change.'

01/30/2013
Editor And Publisher

It’s not often that Mideast events surprise Efraim Halevy, who served in the Mossad for 28 years (including four as director) and who also was head of the National Security Council and adviser to and confidante of four Israeli prime ministers.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sharansky’s New Mission: Impossible?

Tasked with resolving the issue of women's prayer at the Western Wall, the Jewish Agency head has a tough job.

01/23/2013
Editor and Publisher

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was in New York for a quick two-day trip last week, meeting with a variety of American Jewish leaders on his newest assignment: seeking to resolve the conflict between women who want to hold prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and traditionalists who oppose them on religious grounds.

Gary Rosenblatt

Election Preview: Why The Israeli Right Has Turned Hardline

Recent history has shown that Israelis favor the right when they feel threatened.

01/16/2013
Editor and Publisher

The three most important pieces of information to know about Tuesday’s upcoming national elections in Israel are: Bibi Netanyahu will emerge as prime minister for another term; the government will move further to the right and the electoral system is in desperate need of change, a major factor in the disturbing polarization we are witnessing.

Gary Rosenblatt
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