Bipartisan Voices Behind Restitution Efforts

Last year in Washington, D.C., we marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of German reunification. We awarded the Monuments Men — made famous by Hollywood — with the Congressional Gold Medal. As the children of immigrants and members of the House  Foreign Affairs Committee, we… Read More

The Vanishing NJDC

Has the National Jewish Democratic Council run out of steam? The once vocal and visible lobbying organization that represented Jewish interests in the  Democratic Party and Democratic interests in the Jewish community has virtually vanished. Since its last full-time director, Rabbi Jack Moline, left the organization in 2014, the NJDC has been led by its… Read More

Unnecessary Provocation

Controversy over the massive, bipartisan customs bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last week has boiled down to the question of “conflation.” The law, which deals with international trade  enforcement, includes language opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and also applies restrictions against entities  employing the practice to those… Read More

Ink Stains Mar Redesign

OK, so changes are inevitable; but why go backward and change nice, clean, glossy paper to regular old newsprint stock? Are my hands the only ones that are blackened by this newsprint to which you have switched? Are there others that think this is not a step toward “higher achievement” concerning the JT? As for… Read More

Dignity for All

Editorial Director

Maybe it’s in our DNA as Americans or maybe it’s in our spiritual fiber as Jews, but we have a special place in our heart for dreamers. For the biblical Joseph, dreaming was a way by which he saw the world as it should be. And for the 64 percent of Americans who today own… Read More

How to Answer Strange Questions

When strangers come to your synagogue, how should they be treated? At least one congregation in the Miami area has put that question to the test, and it turns out that the answer isn’t so simple. According to reports, two women wearing hijabs and identifying themselves as Muslim twice visited a North Miami Beach synagogue…. Read More

Unhappy Readers

We find your new changes in the JT very unpleasant and disappointing. We could live with your changing the paper stock, but the letters are too small in the articles. A lot of your readers are seniors. We cannot read it with just our glasses; we now need a giant magnifying glass. If you cannot… Read More

For This Jew, No Mourning Scalia

As a proud American Jew, I do not mourn the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia  (“Large Shoes to Fill,” Feb. 18). Contra Sen. Ted Cruz’s Facebook posting, Justice Scalia was anything but “an unrelenting defender of religious liberty.”  His contempt and disdain for our Jewish faith is a matter of public record…. Read More

What Is Disability Inclusion?

February is Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Which prompts the question: What is disability inclusion? Is it not “inclusion” when a program is organized for people with disabilities around the time of the Jewish holidays so they can learn about their heritage. But it is “inclusion” when a mitzvah program is developed in which teens… Read More

Grow with Farm Camp

Thank you so much for highlighting Pearlstone Center’s Family Farm Camp in the JT’s Feb. 12 Insider story, “A True Vacation,” As the board president and a Family Camp participant, I can attest to the transformative power of the program. I would encourage interested families to sign up for this year’s Family Farm Camp, which… Read More