Opinion

April 3, 2014

Ukraine’s independence from Russia was pivotal to the U.S. winning the Cold War (“Eyes on Ukraine,” March 21). In 1994, the U.S., the U.K., and Russia concluded the Budapest Memorandum pledging to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine surrendering its nuclear arsenal to Russia. Twenty years later, Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine, CONTINUE »

April 3, 2014

Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 28) really should learn to read material closely and forego putting words into other people’s mouths. This she has done twice, with regard to both Baruch Shaw and Stanleigh Cohen, imputing value claims to what was a pure and simple recitation of accurate historical fact on both Shaw’s and Cohen’s CONTINUE »

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April 3, 2014

Most Americans who go to Israel can do so without a visa. It’s not the same for Israelis who want to visit the U.S., who must first have a 90-day visa approved in a meeting with a U.S. consular official in Israel. That certainly creates an uneven relationship. But for the vast majority of Israeli CONTINUE »

April 3, 2014

I have one question for Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 7, March 28). She categorically asserts that “it adds insult to injury to say that any place (but the land of Israel) will do” and that “no one can change history.” I call upon her to please explain then, why it is that the two CONTINUE »

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BY Rabbi Benjamin Sharff
April 3, 2014

Over the last several years, the world has indeed changed with the power of social media and the Internet and all the revolutionary new ways of connecting people interactively. Synagogues today need to stay in tune with the times and learn how to connect congregants to the synagogue community and each other. Communication today focuses CONTINUE »