Friday, September 24th 2021   |


OP-ED: Sports and the many sides of silence


(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 tragedy, Coach Joe Paterno and others committed the sin of silence. Their silence of indifference, acquiescence and complicity led to...

OP-ED: Birthright’s triumphs and flaws


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 then I’ve been reflecting a great deal on these two very different experiences.

Birthright helped to provide a stronger connection...

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 and he promotes the re-election of President Barack Obama on the grounds that he has been friendly towards the Jewish...

OP-ED: Obama has helped make Israel safer


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 rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle. President Obama is such a friend and leader....

OP-ED: Romney is more than a fair-weather friend of Israel


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 — and it won’t be his last.

I’ve known Mitt Romney for a long time, and what I know makes...

OP-ED: To thrive, Conservative Movement requires continuity in college


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 parents have instilled strong Jewish values in me, and I hope to see the Conservative movement thrive for many generations...

OP-ED: Jewish Groups Must Preserve Vital Records


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 branches. How many of us have spent nights pouring over the online records from Ellis Island or the U.S. Census...

OP-ED: Iran is the problem, not Israel


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 piece of land should logically be ignored and forgotten. Israel is content to be the Jewish homeland that welcomes and...

OP-ED: More women are needed


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 Levtzion-Korach is the new director-general of Hadassah University Hospital-Mount Scopus in Israel; and Rabbi Ellen Flax is executive director of...

OPINION: A Good Deed for Health Care in a Weary World


(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 me much as it did for tens of millions of Americans lacking adequate health care.

My beloved dad, Roy, endured...