Beyond The Press Release

National Jewish organizations are famous for their press releases. But while they have mastered the email blast favored by older Jews, a provocative op-ed piece in the Algemeiner gives the organizations poor marks in managing the social media tools — Facebook, Twitter and others — favored by younger Jews. “The organizations have minimal knowledge of… Read More

‘Everyone’s Rabbis’

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The recent election in Israel of Rabbi David Lau as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef as Sephardi chief rabbi, may seem like a victory for the status quo. Indeed, many assume that the new chief rabbis are unlikely to make any meaningful changes in the Rabbinate’s approach and attitude toward the increasing number… Read More

Jerusalem Is Part Of Israel

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Its final status will be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians. These dual realities hover in the background of the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State and last week’s ruling in that case by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At issue was whether… Read More

The Power Of Words

Helen Thomas made a groundbreaking career in journalism by being pointed, persistent and fearless. She broke down barriers in journalism for women — she was the first female member of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. And she had a career longevity that most would envy. When she first reported for duty… Read More

HIAS In Search Of A Mission

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HIAS, once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is looking for a new purpose. Founded in New York at the turn of the 20th century, the organization was created to assist with the resettlement of Jewish immigrants who needed help getting acclimated to their new homes. The organization thrived through its first half-century and… Read More

Support Immigration Reform

The current congressional debate over immigration reform poses two competing questions: Is offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million men, women and children who bypassed the U.S. immigration system a reward for their illegal conduct? Or, would granting them a citizenship opportunity help bring that sizable population out of the shadows, and allow… Read More

When Friends Leak

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There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appears to be one or more people… Read More

After Egypt’s Coup

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Until last week, most of us thought we knew what a military coup d’etat was. If the army removes the civilian head of state from office, that is a coup. Still, the United States so far has not officially called the July 3 armed services overthrow of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi a coup. One likely… Read More

Leaders Of The Future

For six decades, baby boomers have reshaped American society, as they entered each new stage of their lives. They’re about to do it again. And the possible effects already have some in the Jewish community talking — and worrying. In the next 10 years it is projected that about 90 percent of the top executives… Read More

Mandela’s Rise Above Resentment

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mandela without trying to identify another world… Read More