Helping Israelis And Palestinians Build A Grassroots Peace

03/17/2016 - 11:33

Advancing two states for two peoples, a Zionist necessity, has never been more urgent.   Those of us who share this vision must find concrete and effective vehicles to support its fulfillment.  One way is to constantly encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make progress toward peace, and to press for the United States to play an active facilitating role. Equally important, we should seek opportunities to build positive Israeli-Palestinian engagement at the grassroots level.  A true and lasting peace requires genuine reconciliation between peoples, not just the signatures of leaders on treaties.

Martin J. Raffel

Why Dueling Camps On Israel Need Each Other

03/15/2016 - 17:34
Special To The Jewish Week

The discourse between Jewish groups that engage in traditional Israel advocacy and those that attempt to alter the Israeli government’s stance on peace and human rights leaves much to be desired.

David Bernstein

‘A’ Needs To Stand For Action On Inclusion

03/15/2016 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

I recently visited a synagogue that had a special guest speaker who had been brought in for JDAIM - Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, which is marked in February. The very well-meaning speaker represented a national disabilities organization, but his talk objectified individuals with disabilities, saying their existence on this earth is to be a light for us “normal” people. Regrettably, he also described a girl with disabilities as having an “affliction.”

Shelley Cohen

Pew Findings Not Surprising, But Also Not Irreversible

03/14/2016 - 16:39

The Pew Research Center poll released this week surveying attitudes among Israeli citizens confirms what many of us who work on Israeli issues already knew: Israel is a deeply divided society, first and foremost between its Jewish and Arab citizens, but also among its Jewish sectors.

Daniel Sokatch

Charedi Hubris In Flight

When did it become OK to put religious preference before common courtesy?

03/10/2016 - 16:55
Staff Writer

The middle-aged chasidic man, sitting in a window seat, on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, didn’t say a word to me when I took my aisle seat in the same row. The seat between us remained empty for a few minutes, and then the occupant appeared – a member of a Birthright Israel group returning to the States.

Illustration by Charles Rosenthal/JW. All rights reserved

Bernie’s Judaism Becomes A Litmus Test

03/09/2016 - 09:07
Special To The Jewish Week

Once The New York Times is on it, it’s officially a trend: self-appointed representatives of the Jewish community wringing their hands about what kind of a Jew the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is.

Paul Golin

Vanity Fair

03/08/2016 - 12:06
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve been unmasked! And in time for Purim. Some of you might have noticed that for the past two months the photo that accompanies this column has been different from the one that appeared here for some 20 years. I know you noticed, because I’ve received many emails about the new photo; some positive, others not. The “nots” have a good reason. “It looks as if you’ve aged overnight,” one of those complainers emailed me. It does look that way, but I can assure everybody that as the years went by the aging happened naturally. The photo just confirms the reality.

Francine Klagsbrun

The Broken Promise Of Universal Pre-K

03/01/2016 - 12:48

When asked in December what his administration’s major accomplishment was, Mayor de Blasio responded with alacrity: “Everyone knows my one true love is pre-K.”

Allen Fagin

The Subject Of Israel Education Is Not Israel

03/01/2016 - 10:47
Special To The Jewish Week

Today’s world is very much about personalization and customization. Mattresses, automobiles and worldviews that speak to “my” tastes, desires, interests, schedule and way of thinking and living are the vantage point from which we approach the world. Some people regard this as narcissistic; others see it as an era of the search for “my” meaning and “my” community — an era of identity of assent rather than descent.

Barry Chazan

Bernie’s Judaism Becomes A Litmus Test, Regardless Of Who You Support

02/29/2016 - 13:02
Special To The Jewish Week

Once the New York Times is on it, it’s officially a trend: self-appointed representatives of the Jewish community wringing their hands about what kind of a Jew the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is.

Bernie Sanders. Wikimedia Commons
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