When They Say, Don't Go To The Old City

01/07/2016 - 17:52
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Just a few days ago, my wife Robin and I returned from a brief but wonderful trip to Israel. As I wrote in this space before we left, there was no specific business, professional or family obligation that was bringing us there. We just wanted to visit the country that we love, see family and gain a more accurate sense of what it’s like to be in Israel at a difficult and stressful time for the country and its citizens.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Jews ‘Stuck In Middle’ In A Changing Europe

Charles Asher Small runs an organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism "on the battlefield of ideas."

01/06/2016 - 10:48

Charles Asher Small is founder and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also a fellow at Stanford University and a professor at the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University.

Charles Asher Small: Attacks on Israeli policies call for a “nuanced” response.

In Paris, A Tragic Anniversary

01/05/2016 - 16:21

Last January was a black time in the City of Lights.

This week some light is returning to Paris.

Photo By Getty Images

A Changing Mission

01/05/2016 - 15:46
Travel Writer

Walking down Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, I swooned slightly amid a swirl of visual stimuli.

The colorfully frescoed Women’s Building in the Mission District, where the Mission Minyan meets. Wikimedia Commons

Bound To Tradition

01/05/2016 - 13:55
Special To The Jewish Week

My tefillin-zekl — the small velvet sack in which I store my phylacteries — tells me a story early every morning, when I open it in preparation for davening. 

Jerome A. Chanes

A 1,700-year-old Find Goes On Display

12/29/2015 - 15:41

Nearly two millennia ago, it was the courtyard of a wealthy family who lived in the coastal plain of Palestine.

Today, it is public property in Israel.

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Where To Go In ’16

12/29/2015 - 15:11
Travel Writer

2015 was a rough year for the world. From a travel perspective, it was a year when the world became smaller — when people from very different places, culturally and geographically, became far more aware of each other’s circumstances and motivations.

The colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. Wikimedia Commons

Brandeis’ New President: ‘We Need To Have Diversity’

Ronald Liebowitz says the school needs to understand itself: Who it is and what it wants to become.

12/29/2015 - 11:11

Brandeis University announced last week that its next president will be Ronald Liebowitz, the former president of Middlebury College. Liebowitz, a professor of geography, served as Middlebury’s provost for seven years. He replaces Frederick Lawrence, who served from 2011 until this past spring.

Though he won’t start until next July, Liebowitz shared some of his ideas about the challenges he faces in an interview with JTA. A condensed version of the conversation follows:

Ronald Liebowitz: “How does [Brandeis] reconcile its rich past with its future?”

New Israelis, From France

12/23/2015 - 09:00

From blue-and-white-and-red to white-and-blue.

The latest group of French Jews to make aliyah exchanged more than the colors of their national flag when they arrived one recent day at Ben-Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv. They are starting new lives in their spiritual homeland.

Jewish Agency

New JCPA Head Sees Outreach To Latinos

12/22/2015 - 12:23
staff writer

David Bernstein takes over next month as president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the voice of the Jewish federations’ 125 Jewish community relations councils on domestic and international issues, and which represents 14 national organizations.

A longtime Jewish advocacy professional, Bernstein was president of Culture Solutions LLC, which helps Jewish federations and national foundations become more effective, and served as executive director of The David Project, which helps to improve Israel’s image on campuses. In addition, he handled community and government relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. This is an edited transcript of an interview with him.

David Bernstein: Heading out on a listening tour to help determine priorities.
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