Reaction to revelations that the U.S. government is secretly collecting data from an estimated three billion phone calls a day as well as from nine major U.S. Internet providers has been of two general varieties. One has been a shrug, that the same information has long been gathered by Internet companies to enrich their coffers… Read More
On May 29, Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating South America and setting up sleeper cells, similar to the one that carried out the deadly attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Iran’s foreign ministry rejected Nisman’s accusation with the dismissive statement that “due to the prosecutor’s background… Read More
Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was honored by Hillel at its annual dinner in New York City. He was cited for a lifetime of work on behalf of the Jewish people, both inside the Senate and in the broader community. The five-term senator was too ill to attend the celebration. So his wife, Bonnie,… Read More
It is a longstanding American custom to begin public meetings with a prayer. For some participants, the ritual serves as a reminder of the solemn work about to be undertaken. Others do so because their faith teaches that prayer can affect outcomes. And still others may find it a disturbing formality for a number of… Read More
Much of the current controversy surrounding the 15-year, $57 million fraud against the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is focused on the responsibility of the organization’s leadership, which apparently didn’t discover or stop the theft even after receiving allegations about it.
Over the last two weeks, Russia has again demonstrated that it considers Syria’s government a vital ally, a strategic asset and a regime worth saving, notwithstanding the country’s 2-year-old civil war. Russia’s shipment of advanced weaponry to the government of Bashar al-Assad could make it more difficult for the West to impose a no fly-zone… Read More
Many American universities share the common problems of insufficient student housing and inadequate funding for their Hillel student centers. As recently reported by JTA, supporters of Hillel at the University of Central Florida in Orlando have come up with an approach to address both problems, which combines entrepreneurship with philanthropy. The Orlando plan deserves careful… Read More
In the Jewish imagination, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City is a kind of slavery-in-Egypt story: We all were there. One hundred forty-six workers — most were Jewish and Italian immigrant women bet-ween 14 and 43 years old — died in the fire because the managers had locked them in. The… Read More
With the announcement last week that the 22-year old Day School at Baltimore Hebrew will close at the end of the school year and not be replaced by the Independent Jewish Academy of Baltimore, as had been planned, it is time for a sober assessment of the demand for day school education in our community.
Stephen Hawking isn’t the first big name to ann-ounce he is boycotting Israel. And he won’t be the last. But as one of the world’s most famous and revered scientists, his decision to withdraw from speaking at a prestigious academic conference in Israel next month is a bigger blow than the posturing of a rock… Read More