David Saperstein


Time for Our Community To Join the Iraq Debate

By David Saperstein

At last, the debate over America’s disastrous situation in Iraq has begun in earnest. With the entire nation now engaged, it is long overdue — and then some — for the Jewish community to weigh in and determine what insights Jewish values and interests can offer. We must do so not only because our prophetic tradition mandates that we speak out on the great moral issues of the day, and not only because as Americans we ought be deeply concerned for what this war means to our country, but also because Israel’s interests and security are so clearly at stake.Read More


Check Out Working Conditions Before Checking In for Business

By Jerome Epstein, Carl Sheingold and David Saperstein

Last week the Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform movements — encompassing the vast majority of American Jews — became founding members of the Informed Meetings Exchange, or Inmex. We feel strongly that Inmex, an independent organization that provides objective information on working conditions within the hospitality industry, will helpRead More


The Endangered Coalition of Decency

By David Saperstein

The conservative victories in the narrowly decided 2004 election might well lead to sweeping domestic policy changes that could unravel some of the most important achievements of 20th-century America. In at least two key areas, it will do so in ways inimical to Jewish values and Jewish interests.America’s Jews did not move from the peripheryRead More






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