Epidemic? Not So

Unfortunately, Jon Sussman undermines his call for support from the Jewish community for police reform when he claims that “police violence targeting people of color has reached epidemic levels in this country” (“Stand Up for Police Reform,” April 1). Hyperbole in the interest of a good cause is still an illegitimate use of the language…. Read More

Trump Stands by His Man

When it comes to the historic candidacy of billionaire Donald Trump, the Republican firebrand whose march to the White House has caused us all to rethink this nation’s political order, there are clear differences of opinion. Trump’s distasteful comments about women and abortion, his lack of depth when it comes to foreign policy, his seeming… Read More

The Human Rights Smoke Screen

Contrary to what you may have heard, the United Nations did not name Israel as the world’s top violator of human rights. Nonetheless, the world body and its commissions and councils remain disproportionally focused on and critical of the Jewish state. On March 18, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women passed a resolution… Read More

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Last year, I was honored to be accepted as a Schusterman Fellow through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This international leadership development program is  designed for individuals who are committed to growing their  capacity to exercise leadership in the Jewish sector. The foundation invests significant  resources in their fellows with the goal of… Read More

A Pinterest Passover Prepares No Memories

Michelle Ostroff

My family has a Passover recipe folder. Whoever is hosting the Seder is the keeper of the folder. Last year, when I was talking to a friend about our Seders and asked how she would be preparing her menu, she said, ìI’m just going on Pinterest. You can search ëPassover’ and get tons of recipes.î… Read More

A Time to Question

Editor-in-Chief

With just two weeks to go until Pesach, it’s a fair bet that most of us are deeply entrenched in preparations for the holiday and its centerpiece — the Seders. We’re cleaning, we’re organizing, we’re buying, and we’re studying, all while the children in our midst are practicing for the hallmark Four Questions. That’s right!… Read More

The First Jewish Doctors Parschat Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59

In 1990, Dr. Gail Wilensky asked me to make an invocation at her installation as director of Medicare and Medicaid. I included Birkat Ha-kohanim, the priestly blessing, since the Torah speaks about the role of the Kohen in diagnosing illness and disease. It also makes the kohanim responsible for public health, although not necessarily as… Read More

Stand Up for Police Reform

When my great-uncle was a child in 1910s Poland, not yet bar mitzvah age, a police officer spit at him in the street and called him a dirty Jew. That story makes me angry and reminds me that the anti-Semitism our people faced was not casual or personal, but a constant threat of violence. Today,… Read More

A House Divided Against Itself …

A Jewish day school education combined with my participation in a “Labor-Zionist” youth movement has afforded me an interesting perspective. Attending the AIPAC Policy Conference with Beth Tfiloh, knowing that some of my fellow youth movement members stood outside campaigning to “#DumpAIPAC,” left me struggling to define my place between these two worlds. I support… Read More

We Must Never Forget

Editor-in-Chief

What’s it like to be a religious minority? It sounds like a ridiculous question for the Jewish community, which has over time developed a badge of honor out of its experiences as strangers in a strange land. But if we really think about it, there are few among us today who can truly appreciate what… Read More