Opinion

Engaging Millennial Jews: An Opportunity We Must Seize

05/15/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

An annual ritual begins snow and runs through mid-June: approximately 100,000 Jewish students will be donning mortar boards and gowns and accepting diplomas on more than 500 colleges and universities across our continent.

Wayne L. Firestone

Pluralism In A Post-Pluralistic World

05/14/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

 

The Conservative Movement is in crisis.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism estimates that from 1985 to 2009, 175 affiliated congregations have dispersed or merged with other denominations. The movement’s branch of day schools, the Solomon Schechter schools, has had the sharpest enrollment decline out of any denominational schools with a 3.8 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011, and since 1998, 20 Conservative day schools have shut down nationwide.

Measured Insularity Does Not A Monk Make

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Haredi Jews have become accustomed to their portrayal in a variety of negative ways over the years, the result of our stubborn refusal to assimilate Western values and mores into our lives, our rejection of the notion of a multi-winged Judaism-bird (and, perforce, of conversions of non-Jews to “new Judaisms”) and, to our shame and chagrin, the inexcusable actions of some individuals in our community.

Rabbi Avi Shafran

So, You Want Your School To Be More Like Camp?

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We should make our school more like camp” has been a popular refrain lately. It is impossible to spend time at a Jewish overnight summer camp and not be moved by the intensity of relationships, depth of spirit, and pure joy that imbues the setting. The off-season is a time for camp memories, keeping up with camp friends, and generally biding one’s time until the next summer.

Jeffrey S. Kress

A Tale Of Ruthian Proportions

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On the piano in our study, surrounded by myriad pictures of grandchildren, stands a photograph of a family Passover seder taken some time in the 1940s. In it my grandparents sit at one end of the dining room table in their small Borough Park apartment, my grandfather in his white kittel, my grandmother in her best holiday dress. Behind them stand my father and his four brothers, and seated in front of them are my mother and the brothers’ spouses.

Francine Klagsbrun

What My Father Learned From Mordecai Kaplan

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in the 1950’s, Orthodoxy was descendant with many predicting its demise.

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel

A Perfect Firestorm For Anti-Semitism

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The story of world Jewry covering the past six decades must be defined as one of achievement and recognition. American Jews have achieved extraordinary success and influence, and Israel, despite threats to its existence, has flourished as a democracy, and absorbed and resettled millions of Jews. Yet, as the world marks the 80th anniversary of the rise of Nazism, the status of Jews in the world seems to be seriously eroding.

Steven Windmueller

The Case Against Ray Kelly

04/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

We were greatly distressed to read “The Case for Ray Kelly,” a statement of support for the NYPD commissioner in The New York Jewish Week (Feb. 10) by the leadership of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The authors of this article, Alan S. Jaffe, Michael S. Miller and David M. Pollock, claim that Commissioner Kelly has made New York a safe place to live. We ask — safe for whom? Certainly not the Muslim community.

Celebrate Israel In Its Entirety

04/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week Online

For me, like for most Israelis, the two weeks between the end of Passover and Yom Haatzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day, are a time of year in which big concepts materialize in one’s daily life - our emergence as a people in the Exodus, the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, the remembrance, on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), of the Fallen, through the celebration of the founding of the State of Israel.

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