Opinion

Reform Movement Promotes Young Leadership

02/07/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I  read Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg’s Opinion piece, “Forever Young? Community Relegates Adults to ‘Kids’ Table” (Feb. 1) and was intrigued by her assessment that organizations “must find ways to engage and cultivate genuine new leadership” rather than relegating young leaders to the proverbial “kids’ table.” I couldn’t agree more, which is why I felt inspired to share the very positive experiences I’ve been fortunate to have as a young lay leader in the Reform Movement.

To Revitalize Conservative Jewry, Build On Camp Ramah

02/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Those of us who have grown up in the Conservative movement have heard the conventional wisdom for years — Camp Ramah is the best and most successful program that the movement ever developed. We would even hear this from Jews across the spectrum who admire with envy this jewel of a program that formed lifetime bonds among alumni and created a community of knowledgeable, proud, energized, committed, Zionist young Jews.

Rich Or King? An Investors’ Guide For Jewish Donors

02/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in the early 2000s, Professor Noam Wasserman of Harvard Business School was researching entrepreneurs (my thanks to my friend and entrepreneur David Perla for pointing this out to me). Wasserman realized that these entrepreneurs fell into two categories.

Mark Charendoff

Forever Young? Community Relegates Adults To ‘Kids’ Table’

01/29/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Across cultures and time, many have been obsessed with the Fountain of Youth. But I’ve found the secret. In fact, if current trends continue, I’m destined to be a “young adult” forever.

Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg

Female Orthodox Rabbis? We Already Have Them

02/01/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The pressure on Orthodoxy for the ordination of women has been mounting for many years. Nowhere in the Torah does it say that women cannot be teachers of the Law; halacha merely precludes women’s judicial roles. Why is traditional Judaism so steadfastly opposed to women’s rabbinic leadership roles?

Countering Religious Extremism In Israel

01/29/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

A year ago, I flew from Israel to New York and was disappointed to find a front-page New York Times article: “Israeli Women Core of Debate on Orthodoxy.”

Yoni Sherizen

Israeli Election Analysis: Bibi, Lapid And Bennet As The Nucleus

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The final results of Tuesday's vote in Israel show that the big losers are not (as some would have it) the pollsters who had expected 32 seats to Likud-Beitenu, but Binyamin Netanyahu - the apparent winner and natural candidate for prime minister - and his team that gleaned 31 seats. Bibi's fall from 42 to 31 seats amazed almost as much as the dazzling rise of Yair Lapid from none to 19.

Kerry, Hagel, Brennan: Harmful To Israel, Soft On Terrorists

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

Case Studies Offer Help In Countering Challenges To Israel’s Legitimacy

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

As the managing director of the Israel Action Network (IAN), I am resolving to become an even stronger advocate for both Israel and peace and reconciliation in the Middle East this year. We have learned a lot about how to do this. For starters, instead of focusing on what we believe those concerned with these issues need to hear, we must resolve to reflect on how to better address their concerns. In other words, to effectively respond to assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, we must become better listeners -- thoughtful and strategic.

A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights

01/23/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, I was one of several rabbis from a range of religious denominations who met with a senior Israeli diplomat at the Israeli Embassy. We were there to deliver a letter asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel plans to construct a new settlement in the E1 zone.

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