The Importance of Free Will

This Shabbat we read from Parshat Vayera, which tells the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed these two towns filled with malicious people because they were so evil, God could not help them find the path of goodness. Many times in the Torah, one must delve very deep into the text, looking at every… Read More

ZOA’s Klein Should Apologize

Zionist Organization of America national president Morton Klein defamed me (“Your Say,” May 21) by calling me a liar — and thereby impugning my integrity — claiming that mycharacterization of the ZOA (“Your Say,” April 24) as inimical to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem was false. Proof of my truth telling (and Klein’s… Read More

Mikvah Trust Is of Utmost Importance

Before anything gets taken out of context, we need still be cognizant of the fact that Rabbi Barry Freundel’s actions are still undergoing the legal due process, and in America, innocence is assumed before the final verdict is rendered. That said, it is important to note what and where the crisis is not. It is… Read More

For These Parents, Education Comes First

I was so happy to read about the many families who sacrificed leaving their communities, homes, friends and possibly families to relocate to Baltimore for the best interests of their children’s education (“Baltimore Bound,” Oct. 24). I couldn’t help but think about the communities they left, where so many more people were happy with the… Read More

Learning to Lead

Little did I know that in Mukwonago, Wisc., 739 miles away from my home, I would learn valuable life lessons and make some of the best friends I have today. This past summer, I was able to attend a Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC), which is one of the many summer programs that BBYO offers…. Read More

Collaboration at Its Best

Reinvent. Rethink. Rebrand. Innovate. They’re all buzzwords we hear today — whether talking about education, health care, product marketing or Jewish communal work. We’re living in a time in which endless access to information and 24-hour communication is challenging us to question just about everything. As a result, we have seen new models of business,… Read More

The Mighty Dollar at Brookings

Martin Indyk.
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In September, news that Martin Indyk, a director of the prestigious Brookings Institution, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and U.S. Mideast peace negotiator, had accepted a $14.8 million gift from Qatar on behalf of Brookings raised the question of foreign-influence peddling in Washington. At the time, critics of the gift pointed out that Qatar funds… Read More

Jewish Community Recharger

On Sunday, close to 3,000 Jewish professionals and lay leaders will gather at the National Harbor on the Potomac River to discuss Jewish issues, to network with other active Jews and to learn how to be more effective community leaders. The three-day General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, billed as a retreat… Read More

90 Years of ‘Proud’ History

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Central Scholarship, thank you for recognizing our first 90 years in “Still Going Strong at 90” (Oct. 10). Your article and timeline did a wonderful job explaining our history, of which we are most proud. We clearly recognize that this milestone is an uncommon accomplishment,… Read More

Conversions and Politics

Immediately after Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation was arrested and charged with placing hidden cameras in the changing room of the ritual bath adjacent to his synagogue, the question arose whether the conversions he oversaw over many years were still valid. The response from the Rabbinical Council of America, on which Freundel served,… Read More