Opinions

OP-ED: Sports and the many sides of silence

By AVI WEISS and AARON FRANK

(JTA) — Over the past few days, we find ourselves grappling with the concept of silence in two contrasting ways. First, a silence of indifference, acquiescence and complicity, and second, a silence of strength, principle and memory. In the case of the Penn State...
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OP-ED: Birthright’s triumphs and flaws

By RACHEL COHEN

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (JTA) – After being privileged last year to go on a Taglit-Birthright trip with 40 students from Johns Hopkins University, last month I traveled with 12 other student leaders to Israel and the West Bank with J Street U. Since...
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Presidential politics: we publish, you decide

Two recent opinion columns were uploaded today to our Opinions column. The first is by former U. S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). He advocates for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, suggesting he has been a friend to Israel. The second is by former World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman...
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OP-ED: Obama has helped make Israel safer

By EDGAR M. BRONFMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Throughout a half-century of international diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not...
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OP-ED: Romney is more than a fair-weather friend of Israel

By NORM COLEMAN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the end of the month, Mitt Romney will visit Jerusalem. It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel, but this is certainly not Romney’s first trip to Israel — this will mark his fourth visit...
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OP-ED: To thrive, Conservative Movement requires continuity in college

By DOUGLAS KANDL

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Conservative Jew, I am a third-generation member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, N.J., was very active in the movement’s United Synagogue Youth and helped create a presence for Koach, the movement’s college program, at my college, Pace University. My grandparents and...
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OP-ED: Jewish Groups Must Preserve Vital Records

By JEFF RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — More than one in three Americans have explored their family trees according to a 2011 “60 Minutes/Vanity Fair” poll. Jews, who tend to skew the curve when it comes to all things nerdy, must certainly be among the greatest shakers of genealogical boughs and...
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OP-ED: Iran is the problem, not Israel

By STEVEN WEIL

NEW YORK (JTA) — The third round of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear activities have failed, the latest and most severe round of sanctions against the economy of that country have gone into effect, and all eyes are turned to — Israel. Israel — such a small...
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OP-ED: More women are needed

By MARCIE NATAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Pride and chagrin: It’s rare that the two emotions are experienced simultaneously. But that is how we are feeling at Hadassah. We feel pride because women now hold three of our top professional positions: Janice Weinman is our new executive director and CEO; Osnat...
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OPINION: A Good Deed for Health Care in a Weary World

By ALAN VAN CAPELLE

(JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is far more than a narrow legal decision. It is a decisive affirmation of what is right. Health care surely is right — and a right. This issue is highly personal, hitting home for...
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