We Can Start by Listening to Immigrant Leaders

Jews everywhere have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shatter families and communities and send people back to the dangerous circumstances they fled. This was happening under President Barack Obama, and now President Donald Trump has set in motion a massive expansion of the deportation machine,… Read More

Full Steam Ahead

It’s hard to believe it was more than 25 years ago when a group of Baltimore’s Jewish community leaders and business executives sat down to talk about how to absorb the influx of Russian Jewish immigrants to Israel. It was the late 1980s, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, and unemployment hit double… Read More

People of the Book James Rosenquist Wasn't Jewish

Somehow, James Rosenquist wasn’t Jewish, neither were Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Wesselman, Hamilton, Warhol or Jasper Johns. The only Jew among the famous pop artists was Roy Lichtenstein. Art never got more “Jewish” than abstract expressionism, but pop art was most definitely “goyish.” Jews were too busy making popular culture to think about whether it was high… Read More

Being Zayde It Must Be Passover

Yes, it is that time of year again. Something we look forward to during the short days of winter. It is precisely the anticipation of spring that awakens the soul and gives us the realization that we made it through another winter to enjoy the fruits of spring and summer — but it’s more than… Read More

This Year in Jerusalem

Passover in America is widely reported to be the most celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will attend Passover seders this week than will attend High Holy Day services this fall. No doubt this is due, at least in part, to homemade matzoh ball soup, various iterations of the recipes for sweet… Read More

People of the Book Lumpen with Talent

The Onion is my generation’s Mad magazine. It is, ostensibly, a satirical website, and a funny one, but sometimes they’re so spot on they cross from funny into painfully true. I read an Onion article last week with the headline: “97-year-old dies unaware of being violin prodigy.” The article stated that she spent her life… Read More

I Vote on Substance, Not Party

I am writing in response to an ideological and personal attack that was printed in the Jewish Times on March 31 (“Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values”). First, it is important to consider the source. The writer of the mean-spirited and factually deficient editorial, Evan Serpick, is director of strategic communications for the Open Society… Read More

Dear Mr. Kushner … a Letter from the Other Side

I am not the obvious person to write a letter to you. We are different from each other in so many ways. You work for a Republican administration, and I am a life-long Democrat. Your family is from Belarus and Poland; mine is from Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Our visions and hopes for Israel are different… Read More