Stop acting like this new presidency is business as usual, Isaac Luria writes. Cozying up to power won’t help Jews — or anyone else — this time.
The day after a watershed decision by the Jewish Federations of North America to allow some of its trips to visit the West Bank, the organization is hearing an unusual sound: Applause from both sides of the Jewish communal aisle.
Jewish leaders didn’t come to Israel to rally over Iran. They took aim instead at the Orthodox stranglehold on religion there — and the waning practice of faith shown in the Pew study.
Benjamin Netanyahu served up a rambling, angry, bitter and sarcastic attack on an Iran nuclear deal. J.J. Goldberg asks: Did anyone bother to tell him that no deal has been sealed yet?
Those who read my Friday blog post about the Israel-Diaspora deliberations going on in Jerusalem this week might have noticed that I mentioned a paradox in the way the discussions are going, but I never detailed the substance of the paradox. The sun was setting over the Mediterranean before I had a chance to finish my thought. So let’s try it again.
Diaspora Jews in the advocacy world have returned to Jerusalem like the swallows to Capistrano. They come to debate big issues — but J.J. Goldberg suggests it all feels a bit staged.
Leaders of major Jewish groups say Jews who are critical of Israel don’t really represent the community. So who do the leaders represent?
Jewish federation leaders are bracing for substantial cuts in social service spending. Even with the ‘fiscal cliff’ looming, they are not taking sides in the battle over taxes.
Calling on the federation system to join synagogues in a fight against religious discrimination in Israel, Reform leader Rabbi Rick Jacobs aimed to engage the broader Jewish community in the struggle for equality of non-Orthodox Jewish denominations in Israel.