Opinions

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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How To Turn Around Jewish Education Investments

By ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Much has been said and written about the financial priorities of the Jewish community and whether they are misdirected. All too often in these discussions, an artificial dichotomy is created between two goals: sustaining American Jewish support for Israel and attending to...
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Why Wallenberg’s centennial matters

By Robert Rozett

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Swedish rescuer Raoul Wallenberg was born 100 years ago this summer, and his centennial is being commemorated with events in many cities across Europe and North America. On July 26, a symposium in his memory will be held at Yad Vashem’s...
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The Egyptian Menace

With the apparent election of Mohammed Morsi as the next Egyptian president, the worst fears of both Israel and the naysayer critics of the Arab Spring uprising may have been realized. Under the iron fist regime of Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed and Morsi, who is its political chair, was...
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Why the Times-Picayune is no longer relevant

Tuesday morning several hundred staffers from the Times-Picayune found themselves out of a job. Among the victims of the staff evisceration were children’s beat reporter Barri Bronston, religion reporter Bruce Nolan, award-winning cartoonist Steve Kelly and restaurant and renowned food critic Brett Anderson. Even sports editor Peter Finney, a veteran...
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The CCJN is launched

My work as a writer and editor for the New Orleans Jewish community has gone on for many decades. In the past my association with several publications was that as a reporter and critic. My zest and zeal to keep the Jewish community informed has been a longtime desire and...
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