Editorial & Opinion

Walk Humbly

05/07/2013 - 20:00

How do we walk into synagogue?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Is AJCongress Jack Rosen’s Show?

Is he reviving or hijacking the national agency?
05/07/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

What’s your definition of a “major national Jewish organization”?

Could it be made up of less than 20 people?

Don’t laugh. Consider the case of the American Jewish Congress.

Gary Rosenblatt

Empathizing With Rabbi Michael Broyde

05/06/2013 - 20:00

When I was in seventh grade I ran for president of our community-wide youth investment club.  Investment clubs were common in the 1950s and `60s in the adult world, and parents encouraged their kids to learn the value of financial investing early.  What I learned from my experience in the club changed me, but not the way my folks intended.

Creating Community

05/06/2013 - 20:00

Kudos to Ted Merwin and the Hillel directors implementing the Peer Network Engagement Initiative (“Jewish Identity, One On One,” Back Of The Book, April 26).

They recognize that “if you build it, they will come” might work in the movies, but it is not a sufficient strategy for engaging Jewish college students. Engaging young adults on their terms and putting people before programming are key to fostering Jewish continuity, on campus and beyond.

Many college grads arrive in New York ready to tackle professional school or take on the business world. Yet they find that New York can be cold and lonely. They lack the community that Hillel and Chabad houses, or even a few like-minded classmates, provided.

The Brownstone NY offers these young adults a space to create their own community (“A ‘Brownstone’ For Young Jews,” May 3). The East Village six-story eco-friendly building features inviting lounges, dining spaces, meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace. It is an ideal place to encourage one-to-one peer conversations. 

Our building is buzzing with classes, social and networking events, alumni reunions, leadership programs, and Shabbat meals.

We’re a welcoming, inclusive place. We invite your readers to check us out.

Program Director Brownstone Russian Initiative

Questions U.S. Arms Sale

05/06/2013 - 20:00

I fail to find the logic in your criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry or President Barack Obama in your editorial, “Crossing The Line” (April 26).

Child Care In Homes

05/06/2013 - 20:00

Julie Wiener’s excellent article “Jewish Child Care Model Poised for Growth Spurt”  (March 28) describes one creative model between a synagogue and Bright Horizons.

New Tuition Initiative

05/06/2013 - 20:00

We very much appreciate Gary Rosenblatt’s attention to the critical issue of tuition affordability for middle-income families (“The Day School Dilemma,” Editor’s column, May 3). At Beit Rabban Day School, we are acutely sensitive to this concern and although we encourage all families to apply for financial aid, we recognize that traditional aid is not always the answer.

Financial Aid For Day School Parents

05/06/2013 - 20:00

Re: “The Day School Dilemma” (Editor’s column, May 3), I hope that Carolyn and Don will ask their day school about financial aid. It sounds like they’re falling into the middle-class trap:

Shavuot: The Wedding Of ‘Only’ And ‘Us’

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Shavuot, to be observed and celebrated this year on Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday, is a unique festival. There is nothing equivalent to the model seders that we share with others beyond our community. There is no explicit call to “those who are hungry,” as at the seder, or to house the homeless, in the spirit of the fragile sukkah. Hardly anyone attempts to equate the spirit of the holiday to political and social causes in the world at large.

In Syria, A Deadly Game Of Bluff

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Israel’s air strikes inside of Syria in recent days delivered not only bombs but also strong messages. The question is how they will be interpreted.

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