Jonathan Pollard spent three decades seeking public support for his fight to win freedom. Now that he is finally nearing release, the convicted spy’s family and supporters are trying to shield him from public attention.76
If you asked most people why the year 1969 was important in American life, few would mention that year’s federal Tax Reform Act. But Norman Sugarman’s fingerprints on that document may have had as much of a lasting effect on this country’s history as Neil Armstrong’s feet on the moon.
Up to 90% of Jewish non-profits may need to find new top leaders in the next seven years. What will that kind of sweeping generational change mean for the federations and other communal heavy-hitters?6
The leader of America’s largest rabbinical organization vowed to improve his group’s disciplinary process following a Forward investigation that highlighted failures to alert a Jewish community of alleged sexual misconduct by a Reform rabbi.4
Jane Eisner envies voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, whose voices actually count during primary season. How can we change the system so that Jews’ and other minorities’ voices count, too?
Business as usual isn’t much to write home about, but sometimes it’s all one can hope for.112
**While the 2013 Pew survey uncovered some disturbing evidence of lower levels of Jewish engagement among young people, the same survey contains several pieces of good news for Reform Jews — 5,000 of whom are gathering this week in Orlando, Florida, for the movement’s biennial conference organized by the Union for Reform Judaism.11
Benjamin Netanyahu plans to speak at the liberal Center for American Progress during his upcoming U.S. visit as part of an effort to rebuild bridges with Democrats. Some liberals say he should be shown the cold shoulder.215
Do you experience feelings of peace and well-being at least once a week? Did God write the Torah? Do you eat bacon?37
The U.S. is pointedly avoiding any engagement in the violence gripping Israel beyond tepid statements about the need for calm. Is the silence a sign of declining American power — or a deep frustration with the leaders on both sides of the conflict?644
The Jewish Theological Seminary has become the largest Jewish seminary in America to offer its employees fully paid parental leave.
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