OP-ED: Mr. President, Move That Embassy!


Well, it is that time of year again. No, not Chanukah or Christmas, but the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver deadline! It comes around every six months and was a rather quiet affair—until the presidency of Donald Trump.

In 1995, a majority in Congress passed the Jerusalem...
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OP-ED: Saying goodbye to heroes


Over the course of the last several days, several more of American society’s heroes have fallen. Matt Lauer, a morning staple for the past two decades from whom I received most of my news with my first cup of coffee, was jettisoned by NBC News on Wednesday...
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OP-ED: How Jews on the left and the right are empowering BDS

(JTA) — The BDS debacle at the University of Michigan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies.

Since 2002, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of...
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Federations rally around pluralism — but wish they didn’t have to


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Leaders of North America’s Jewish federation movement kicked off their annual conference here Sunday with a tribute to the 1987 march on Washington that brought out hundreds of thousands of people in support of Soviet Jews.

The film and testimonials by refuseniks were...
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OP-ED: America: Land of the Free and Home of the Dead

By ALAN SMASON, CCJN Editor The latest news of the shootings in the First Baptist Church in Shurland Springs, Texas is just numbing. It has gotten to the point now where this ongoing cycle of gun violence has made me stop watching the news. That is not good for someone...
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OP-ED: Why the Balfour Declaration was necessary

Many of you may have seen the aged photo taken 100 years ago that shows blurry and shadowy figures cheering the announcement of the Balfour Declaration at the former Congregation Beth Israel.

The reason for the celebration may not have been something we understand today. Most of us have lived...
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OP-ED: Why we waited before publishing that story about Elie Wiesel


NEW YORK (JTA) — If a woman called the JTA office and said she wanted to tell her story of sexual harassment by a prominent community figure, we’d have questions. Would she put her name to the accusations? Can she corroborate them? Can she provide specific dates...
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OP-ED: Eager for the US to pull out of UNESCO? Not so fast.


(JTA) — Here we go again: The issue of how and why the United States should engage with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is back in the news.

The announcement by the Trump administration that the U.S. will be pulling out of UNESCO over its biased...
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OP-ED: Here’s why I believed Elie Wiesel’s accuser


NEW YORK (JTA) — When I read the headline of Jenny Listman’s Medium piece — “When I was nineteen years old, Elie Wiesel grabbed my a**” — I decided not to click on it.

It wasn’t because of any judgment I passed on her or the veracity of...
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OP-ED: Israel and Africa need each other


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jewish month that began this week, Cheshvan, has traditionally been dubbed “mar,” or bitter, because it alone among the months is devoid of any holidays.

It is time for the Jewish people, and the Jewish calendar, to drop mar from Cheshvan, since...
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