Thursday, January 29, 2015 Shevat 9, 5775
By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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By:
Eric Yoffie
Who won the latest round of the conversion wars? No one. In these wars, everybody loses. To be sure, a broad-based coalition of American Jews -- anchored by the federation system, and the Reform and Conservative movements -- succeeded in convincing Israel's leaders to delay a vote on a controversial new conversion bill in the Knesset. This was a monumental...
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By:
Jerome A. Chanes
With the American Jewish Congress apparently closing its doors, there won't be many mourners saying Kaddish. Instead, the prevailing communal sentiment will probably be: "We have too many agencies; one less will not matter." The serious financial problems that had plagued the AJCongress over recent decades became a mortal threat in the past year-and-a-half as a result of "L'Affaire Madoff,"...
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By:
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Donors across America stepped forward in 2009 to avert a potential crisis in the not-for-profit community and exceeded the wildest expectations of many. At the same time, giving was down slightly, and certain critical needs went unfunded due to a shift in donor priorities, as well as the inability of many nonprofits to...
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By:
Marc E. Keller
I was fortunate to participate in a program that brings young American Jews to visit Germany. I use the word "fortunate" deliberately, knowing that many Jews view a trip there with unease, even revulsion. "I know that they are the Jews' best friends in Europe," a friend told me, referring to Germans, "but I just don't want to ever go...
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