Opinion

Jewish Americans Should Care About Refugees Today

06/17/2014
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Last year, just 36 of the nearly three million Syrian refugees were resettled in the United States. To give some context, in the same year, 658 people summited Mt. Everest, a number 18 times greater than the amount of people who escaped Syria and made it to America.

An Alternative To Palestinian Intransigence?

06/10/2014
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On a recent field trip with my students in what some people call the West Bank and others call Samaria, we noticed a roadblock preventing access to a Palestinian Arab town we often pass through. Later on, when the roadblock was lifted, we spoke with Israeli soldiers at the Tapuach checkpoint, where a 25-year-old Arab man with 12 pipe bombs underneath a long coat was apprehended, prompting the earlier roadblock.

Irwin J. Mansdorf

Is Sexism Still Alive In The Newsroom?

06/10/2014
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‘What do you think of the Jill Abramson firing?” my dentist asked as she pressed a long scary needle into my gum to numb the tooth she was about to drill. “Ouch!” I cried, from the instant pain of the needle — and the lingering pain of the firing.

Francine Klagsbrun

Launching A Baseline For Jewish Knowledge

A Jew may have a strong sense of Jewish identity, but without knowledge, that identity is a house without a foundation.

06/10/2014
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I believe in pluralism. But, when it comes to Jewish knowledge, I also believe in the fundamentals.

Columbia University has a core curriculum. Educated Americans recognize “Four score and seven years ago,” and understand cultural-historical references such as “the answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.”

Abi Dauber Sterne

Revive – Don’t Resign From --The Conference Of Presidents

06/03/2014
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Emotions have run high in some quarters in recent weeks, since J Street failed to win membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Like the Reform Movement’s other three Conference member organizations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism, voted in favor of J Street’s application.

Rabbi Richard A. Block

On-Demand Judaism: Observing When It’s Convenient

06/03/2014
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Something new to worry about: It began with the conversation with one of my oldest friends, who is a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera.  She noted that ticket sales were down due to the fact that people do not like to commit to subscriptions, which requires them to be in attendance at a performance at a certain time on a certain evening.  She also noted that her cousin, who is a director of the National Theater in London, had told her that all of the performing arts are in trouble because we live today in an on-demand world.

Donald Sterling, David Ben Gurion And What They Tell Us About Anti-Semitism Today

06/03/2014
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What could Donald Sterling and Ben Gurion possibly have in common other than they are both Jewish?

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

Everybody Thinks They're 'Chosen'

06/03/2014
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I grew up with an epic clash of narratives, as did so many of my Jewish-American peers. On the one hand, we were told that everyone is equal, and therefore we should judge people on their actions and individual character, not based on their ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status.

Yet at the same time, I was told to only marry Jewish.

Paul Golin

Can Zionism Be The Answer?

A nuanced form of the Jewish state project can galvanize the community.

06/03/2014
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Students of American Jewry often point to 1967 as a watershed in the evolution of the American Jewish community. The anxiety that American Jews felt in the weeks leading up to the Six-Day War was palpable. There was no evidence that Israel could defend itself against any concerted Arab military assault, no less a multi-front war.

Sid Schwarz

Israel Education: One Size Does Not Fit All

06/03/2014
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On Sunday, thousands of day school students in the New York area marched in the Israel Day parade. While they marched with their schools, new research highlights differences among students within schools when it comes to caring about Israel. The findings offer a call to action for day school leaders and supporters.

Yossi Prager
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