Opinions

OP-ED: Here’s how we can preserve the dignity of aging Holocaust survivors

By TODD MORGAN and MARK WILF

(JTA) — Nazi death marches crippled Mr. Cohen’s knees. The 94-year-old who survived Auschwitz now felt defeated trying to climb the stairs to his walk-up condo. He and his wife of 66 years used to be highly active in the Holocaust survivor community and...
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OP-ED: Arabists never fade away

By MITCHELL BARD

I always enjoy listening to former ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer discuss U.S. policy because he eruditely expresses the essence of the Arabist point of view. Speaking on a panel at the Association of Israel Studies conference at Brandeis, Kurtzer gave a presentation that concluded the problem...
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OP-ED: Judaism requires us to pursue the goals of the Paris climate accords

By DAVID KRAEMER

(JTA) — The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has demanded that we all ask ourselves where we stand on questions of climate change, global warming and our collective responsibility for the planet we call home.

That the earth has been warming in...
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OP-ED: Ban on partisan pulpits is key to protecting religious freedom

By RABBI JACK MOLINE

(JTA) — That small little law known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits electioneering by houses of worship and other charities and which President Trump has vowed to repeal, is exceptionally important to preserve. Even if it is not widely enforced, the permission it grants to...
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OP-ED: Trump, the Palestinians and incitement

By STEPHEN M. FLATOW

It was heartening to hear that President Donald Trump privately confronted Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on his incitement of terrorism and payments to terrorists. The question is whether the Trump administration will confine itself to rhetoric or follow up with concrete steps regarding the...
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OP-ED: Trump’s cuts to foreign aid budget are dangerous and inhumane

By ROBERT BANK

NEW YORK (JTA) — This week, President Donald Trump proposed radical and cruel cuts to U.S. foreign aid. If his budget for 2018 is approved by Congress and implemented, it would slash crucial aid and development programs and weaken key institutions upholding human rights worldwide. As the...
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OP-ED: Jewish Scouting: If not now, when?

By ALAN SMASON

I just returned from the National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and an opportunity for the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) to meet and consider its impact on the Scouting program. The news is that we are seeing attitudes change toward Jewish...
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OP-ED: The Fielkow Era beckons

The news this week is very good. Good for the Jewish community. Good for the New Orleans community. And especially good for the future of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

After an exhaustive nationwide search, the committee charged with finding the replacement for the retiring executive director of...
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OP-ED: Dear President Macron: It’s time to reinforce France’s ties with Israel

By SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUEN and JULIE DeCROIX

PARIS (JTA) — In the French presidential campaign just concluded, discussion of foreign policy was largely forgotten. Nonetheless, Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, faces several critical global issues, among them the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

If France would like to play a role, she must...
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OP-ED: Making the most of technology in Jewish education

By LEWIS J. BERNSTEIN and SHIRA ACKERMAN

(JTA) — You’ve seen the advertisements: A fit young woman pedals a stationary bicycle while an instructor on a video screen shouts encouragement. The company, Peloton, promises “fitness at your fingertips,” and both “live and on demand” spin classes and “world class instructors,” all...
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