Opinion

Establishing A Soviet Jewry Liberation Day

11/26/2012

As we are about to mark the 25th anniversary on Dec. 6 of the historic march on Washington by an estimated 250,000 people on behalf of Soviet Jewry, I believe the time has come to establish a day of commemoration to be included on the U.S. Jewish communal agenda, memorializing one of the great redemptions of Jewish history, which we were privileged to witness in our time.

Jacob Birnbaum

Diary Of A Rabbi On An Emergency Mission In Israel: When Your Home Is In Danger, You Come Home

11/26/2012

Day One: Tuesday, Nov. 20                                                                                                    

How To Make Nov. 27 A Special Day

11/26/2012

There was a time, not that long age, when Thanksgiving opened the season of giving. Now it opens up the season of buying. Black Friday and Cyber Monday now define this time of the year. It is of course wonderful to give and receive gifts to and from friends and relatives. We should be happy as Americans to see consumerism strong in a time where our economy is so challenged. Nonetheless, something is being lost in the shuffle.

Why This Gaza Conflict Was Different

'Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations.'

11/23/2012

This one was different.

Yes, the missile and rocket fire into the population centers of southern Israel caused panic, anxiety and quite a bit of understandable distress. As in previous wars, I, along with many other behavioral health clinicians, were called upon to help man special "stress teams" that worked with local officials dealing with the many issues that could develop in a population under constant threat. And yes, people ran, people screamed and people did need to know where to go to for psychological support.

Irwin Mansdorf

The Invisible Victims Of The Gaza Conflict

11/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

While the devastation in Gaza continues to unfold daily on our television sets, and great attention is paid to the cost of the fighting for Gaza’s civilians, very little is reported by the international media about how the children in southern Israel are handling the stress. 

With more than 9,000 rockets launched into southern Israel since 2006, and hundreds more in recent days, many of these children have literally grown up in a state of terror. No place is this more apparent than in the western Negev town of Sderot.

First-Hand Report: How We’re Helping Israelis

11/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

These are the days that remind us what it means to be a people. Last week, a group of Israelis came to New York to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This week, I traveled to Israel as a representative of UJA-Federation of New York on a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) solidarity mission. The irony isn’t lost on any of us — Americans or Israelis. But this is how we take care of one another.

Eric S. Goldstein

A Turning Point For Disability Advocates?

One-day conference may mark the beginning of a new era in Jewish communal attitudes.

11/20/2012

Despite good intentions by the organized Jewish community and some model programs, for years it has largely fallen to the parents of children with mental illness, intellectual, physical, learning, social and other disabilities and differences to battle for "a place at the table" for their children in Jewish day schools, synagogues and summer camps.

Judaism Honors Our Children's Questions

11/20/2012

Judaism offers much wisdom to help people in our communities cultivate the resilience to recover from the aftereffects of Sandy, a storm that created a unique situation affecting an estimated 54 million people in 24 states.

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