Opinion

Does A Thriving Israel Still Need Our Support?

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel has been much in the news lately, and a good portion of the coverage over the past months has been good. That in itself is news.

A recent Bloomberg survey showed that the Israeli shekel is currently among the strongest of 31 major currencies, a result of the booming economy. Also in May, after decades of Israel importing every drop of fuel, natural gas began to flow from the Mediterranean.

Melvyn H. Bloom

Orthodox Women Reach A Milestone

Maharot will perform virtually all the same pastoral and spiritual functions as male rabbis, plus some.
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Orthodox women are making history in front of our eyes. On June 16, three women will be ordained to serve, in effect, as Orthodox rabbis, given the title of Maharat (an acronym for the Hebrew words meaning leader in legal, spiritual and Torah matters).

Zelda R. Stern and Elana Maryles Sztokman.

Jewish Day Camps: The Choice For Families

05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Spring is here and it’s time to dream and plan for summer. 

No, we haven’t been dreaming about the beach or surfing the Internet for exotic destinations; our sights are much closer to home.

Melanie Schneider and Jill Mendelson

Jewish Composers: As American As Apple Pie

Reflections For Jewish American Heritage Month
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Each time I hear “There’s a place for us” – the stirring plea for tolerance and acceptance sung by the ethnically mismatched lovers of “West Side Story” — I am reminded that it pinpoints a Jewish sensibility that influenced the show’s composer and lyricist. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical about prejudice transformed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an American classic.

"West Side Story" showed a composer's Jewish sensibility about prejudice.

Honoring Sen. Frank Lautenberg

05/23/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Love of country, love of Jewish community and love of Israel. Those have been driving forces for Frank Lautenberg, who is nearing the end of his career in the United States Senate, and they are the qualities that make an upcoming tribute by the Jewish community something I am proud to commemorate.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability.

Dan Perla

Immigration Reform Is Moral And Religious Duty

05/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Jewish story is one of migration. Our Jewish American story is one of receiving safe refuge on this nation’s shores.  From our seminal Exodus saga to our waves of aliyah, we are a people who know the feeling of being expelled and freed, welcomed and rejected. Today in America, we Jews experience the freedom and prosperity most of our ancestors never knew. Our current fortune confronts us with a question: what are we going to do with the freedom we have been given? How will we to channel the prosperity we enjoy?

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer

Angelina’s `Jewish Gene’

The actress wrote a new NYT oped about her prophylactic surgery; here's the JW's take on all the talk.

05/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Celebrity Angelina Jolie's recent decision to opt for prophylactic surgery after she determined she is a carrier of a mutation in the BRCA1 gene has prompted media attention the world over. Media descriptions of her “Jewish gene”, however, are misguided. 

As Angelina Jolie has found, you don't have to be of Jewish descent to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Beyond The Angelina Jolie Media Frenzy: Facts About BRCA

05/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Kudos to Angelina Jolie for revealing her BRCA status to the world and for undergoing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy that may well have saved her life.  With that one op-ed, she single-handedly did more to promote awareness about BRCA gene mutations than all her BRCA buddies—myself included—could collectively do in a lifetime.

Jane Herman

Birthright Tells Only Half The Story

05/13/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As summer break approaches for American college students, thousands of our Jewish peers across the country will embark on their first visits to Israel through Taglit-Birthright. This program, which has brought almost 300,000 Jewish young adults to Israel over the past 13 years, free of charge, hopes to leave participants with a lasting love for Israel and a stronger connection to Judaism.

Steven Povich and Axel Hufford
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