Gary Rosenblatt

The Sounds Of Lubavitch

Memories of a 'farbrengen,' and lingering questions about the rebbe.

06/24/2014 - 20:00
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Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in The Jewish Week in June 1994, 20 years ago, a few days after the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Gary Rosenblatt

Inching Back Toward Tradition

It's about Israelis becoming Jewish, not the secular becoming religious.

06/17/2014 - 20:00
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Micah Goodman, 39, a rising star in Israel as a philosopher, author, television personality and catalyst for change, makes a strong case that the deep divide between religious and secular Jews in Israel is narrowing.

Gary Rosenblatt

Ruskay Looks Back, And Ahead

Leader takes pride in 15 years at helm of UJA-Fed NY while noting community's ‘uncertain future.'

06/10/2014 - 20:00
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In a rare quiet moment, John Ruskay, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 15 years as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, sat in his office on East 59th Street and described his feelings these days as “running in a relay race, trying to hand the baton” to his successor, Eric Goldstein, as seamlessly as possible.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Love Me, Love My Book’

A personal account of a two-minute pitch that can catapult or sink an author.

06/04/2014 - 20:00
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It’s every author’s dream. And nightmare.

The chance to address several hundred people from around the country who, deeply attentive, have come to New York for three days and one purpose — to find speakers for their local Jewish community book fairs, sisterhood luncheons and other cultural programs.

Gary Rosenblatt

JFNA To Promote Civil Marriage

In Israel, federations walk a fine line to support religious freedom without opposing Chief Rabbinate.

05/27/2014 - 20:00
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The Jewish Federations of North America, or JFNA, may soon launch an effort that would include supporting groups in Israel working to limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial, The Jewish Week has learned.

Gary Rosenblatt

Doubts Cloud Israel’s Diaspora Push

Practical, ideological questions hover over big-money project to fortify Jewish identity.

05/20/2014 - 20:00
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The Israeli government is about to finalize a major initiative intended to inspire, engage and empower Jews around the world. At a cost of up to several hundred million dollars annually over the next six or seven years, it seeks to promote Jewish identity throughout the diaspora, particularly among young people.

Gary Rosenblatt

Superstition's Powers, Pitfalls

Our rituals are illogical, but we perform them faithfully, anyway.

05/13/2014 - 20:00
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On Shabbat mornings, when I go outside to pick up the newspaper from the front stoop of my house, I am aware of a deep sense of responsibility. I know that where and how I open the paper to check the scores during the baseball season determines whether my beloved Baltimore Orioles won or lost the previous night’s game.

Gary Rosenblatt

Losing The Battle, Winning The War?

After the Presidents' Conference rejection of J Street, what does it mean to be ‘pro-Israel?'

05/06/2014 - 20:00
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Last week the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected the controversial group, J Street, for membership. Was the vote a test of the openness of the communal umbrella group itself or of the truthfulness of the rebuffed lobby that describes itself as “pro-Israel and pro-peace?”

Gary Rosenblatt

Spotlight On Bloomberg's Jewish Identity

As recipient of first Genesis Prize, ex-mayor expected to open up about his heritage.

04/29/2014 - 20:00
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Last October when Michael Bloomberg was named the first recipient of the Genesis Prize, billed as “the Jewish Nobel Prize,” more than a few eyebrows were raised at the choice of the then-New York mayor.

Gary Rosenblatt

My Tea With ‘Dudi’

Meeting up — again — with comedian David Steinberg.

04/16/2014 - 20:00
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Watching a first-rate documentary a few weeks ago on Showtime about David Steinberg, the controversial but loveable Canadian-born comedian, actor, writer and director, brought back a flood of memories for me.

Gary Rosenblatt
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