BDS Threat from America is Overrated

While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may be a popular cause on America’s college campuses, the movement has little future across the larger United States. Not only is criticizing Israel a political third rail, but sympathy for the Palestinians is a hard sell to Americans. To become a significant movement, BDS will have… Read More

Yad Vashem and Its (Orthodox) Jewish Problem

Since the opening of its state-of-the-art New Wing in 2005, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has been deluged by well-deserved accolades from the millions of tourists and Israeli citizens who visit each year. And it is considered by many to be the gold standard against which all other Holocaust memorials are measured. Why, then, has a… Read More

My Federation Journey

In early 2000, I got a call from an old friend, Toby Knopf, who at the time was president of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, an organization to which I was an annual donor.  She told me that her treasurer had just resigned, and she asked me if I would consider filling in for… Read More

My Personal Response to Israel’s 66th birthday

I am not normally supportive of new Jewish/Israeli-based organizations, as we seem to have more than our share. Yet, the time has come for a new effort that will restore the greatness and vitality of the Zionist movement. The time for change is here. Israel and the Jewish people are under attack from the outside… Read More

A Firsthand Experience of the March of the Living

The March of the Living is a two-week educational trip in which teens and adults from all over the world travel from Poland to Israel to learn about the Holocaust and beyond. Participants visit concentration camps, tour cities in Poland and Israel and listen to stories about the Holocaust. The March of the Living proves… Read More

Better Together

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Last weekend, all eyes were on Pimlico Race Track for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.  While spectators and news cameras focused on California Chrome winning the second leg of the Triple Crown, they missed the story of renewal and renaissance happening a short distance from the track. The surrounding communities represent the rich… Read More

Campus questions that cannot be ignored

This week, my youngest child becomes a college graduate. As I head back to her campus for the final time, I can’t help but be stunned at how the years have flown. I think back on the many, many campuses I have toured, and I remember the many questions parents asked such as,  “Is there… Read More

Facebook Challenge: an Israeli-Palestinian Accord

What can Israelis and Palestinians agree on? Everything. Or nothing. I was asked to address this question by the moderator of a Facebook forum devoted to discussing Middle East peace. I have joined a number of such groups in recent weeks in a blatant effort to help promote my new book, “Broken Spring.” My experience… Read More

When Nothing is Sacred, Moral Decline Runs Rampant

Item: The Rialto, Calif., Unified School District asks its 2,000 eighth-grade students (ages 12 to 13) to “research the Holocaust and write an argumentative essay, based on cited textual evidence, in which the students are to explain whether or not they believe this was an actual event in history or merely a political scheme created… Read More

Condemnation of Israel Almost Laughable

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This is the week we Jews will have commemorated and celebrated in one week; in fact, in two successive days. On Monday, Yom Hazikaron, we remembered the thousands of Israeli soldiers who died fighting to protect their country from destruction, and on Tuesday, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day that recognizes yet another year of… Read More