Editorial & Opinion

Sex Education In Orthodox High Schools

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I recently sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors, the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek and director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia

Peter Beinart’s new book, ‘The Crisis Of Zionism,’ is disappointingly one-sided.

Editor and Publisher

When I asked a well-known journalist with expertise in the Mideast to review Peter Beinart’s new book, “The Crisis Of Zionism,” he first replied that he’d love to but was crushed with deadlines.

When I e-mailed back, asking for suggestions for a knowledgeable reviewer who was relatively objective on the subject — not so easy to find — the journalist replied: “Your alternative is to treat it as the utter piece of $%& it is.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Demjanjuk’s Quiet Exit


More than 30 years after he was stripped of his United States citizenship and first charged with Nazi war crimes, John Demjanjuk died in his sleep last weekend in a nursing home in Germany at the age of 91, stateless. His legacy remains in limbo because his conviction last year for serving as a guard at the Nazi death camp of Sobibor, in Poland, was being appealed.

Tragedy In France


In the season before Passover, one of the most joyous dates on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish communities of the United States, France and other lands find themselves in mourning, on high alert and reminded once again that anti-Semitism remains a reality, especially in Europe.

Living The AIPAC Experience

Random thoughts on hanging out with some 13,000 pro-Israel activists.

Special To The Jewish Week

The last time I had attended the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington was exactly 35 years ago as the college representative from the University of Pennsylvania. I had been sitting at a table on Locust Walk—clogs dangling at the hem of my faded jeans, bellowing and beckoning the students hurrying past to plant trees in Israel—when I was swooped to join the ranks of Israel campus activists, in an era when everyone had a cause.

Nina Kampler

David Wolpe


There are some colorful anecdotes about “helicopter parenting,” the practice of parental hovering to monitor children’s every movement. Colleges complain that when students matriculate, they are often lost — they don’t know how to budget their time, handle disappointment, cook their own meals, and even laundry defeats them.

Stony Brook Responds


Stewart Ain’s article “Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Ire” (March 16) is rife with inaccuracies and, as a result, aims to stir up controversy where none exists.

Jewish And Black Pride


Regarding “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16), professor Ephraim Isaac, speaking of the treatment of Ethiopian Jews, said, “this is not a racial issue, it is one of ignorance.”

Unfortunately your article left out the word “not,” changing the statement’s meaning.

Ethiopian Jews In New York


The evening described in Jonathan Mark’s article, “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16) was meant to highlight how far Ethiopian Israelis have come in the short amount of time they have been living in Israel.

Some very bright young members of the Ethiopian Israeli community were on a panel that evening, including Dina Lakao, who came from Israel and is studying law at the IDC in Herzliya, and Avidor Baruch, who along with Yaniv Jamber is a Fulbright scholar. They are in the master’s in business program at Brandeis. 

Gaza Rockets, Hypocrisy


Last week hundreds of rockets were launched by Palestinian terror groups from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas (“Iron Dome Eases Anxiety In Israel’s South,” March 16). Despite successful interception of many rockets, one million people fell under threat.  Dozens were injured, including one critically; 200,000 children had to stay home for days in bomb shelters instead of going to school, an unfortunate but wise precaution, given that an Israeli school was hit by a rocket barrage.    

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