HIAS in search of a mission

HIAS, once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is looking for a new purpose. Founded in New York at the turn of the 20th Century, the organization was created to assist with the resettlement of Jewish immigrants, who needed help getting acclimated to their new homes. The organization thrived through the first half century… Read More

When friends leak

There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appear to be one or more people… Read More

Support immigration reform

The current congressional debate over immigration reform poses two competing questions: Is offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million men, women and children who bypassed the U.S. immigration system a reward for their illegal conduct? Or, would granting them a citizenship opportunity help bring that sizable population out of the shadows, and allow… Read More

Leaders of the future

For six decades, baby boomers have reshaped American society as they entered each new stage of their lives. They’re about to do it again. And the possible effects already have some in the Jewish community talking — and worrying. Because, in the next 10 years, it is projected that about 90 percent of the top… Read More

After Egypt’s coup

Until last week, most of us thought we knew  what a military coup d’etat was. If the army removes the civilian head of state from office, that is a coup. Still, the United States so far has not called the July 3 armed services overthrow of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi a coup. One reason is… Read More

Mandela’s rise above resentment

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mr. Mandela without trying to identify another world leader to… Read More

Mr. Erdogan misses an opportunity

In March, just before he was to end his visit to Israel, President Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, handed the phone to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and initiated the public phase of reconciliation between the two American allies. Now, that process seems to be faltering. And… Read More

The EU bows to Hezbollah

The European Union, comprised of 27 member countries, further diminished its own credibility as an international influence, when it failed last week to approve a British proposal to designate Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist organization. The British proposal cited Hezbollah’s connection to a bus bombing in Bulgaria last summer that took six lives as… Read More

A revered Jewish agency closes

When the Jewish Education Services of North America, or JESNA, closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, the New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central… Read More

Need for civil speech

The verbal and physical attacks last weekend on Rabbi David Stav, the modern Orthodox candidate for Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, demonstrate the effect of hateful words, and how religious leaders must exercise moderation in their public remarks. They also show the depth of disdain some in the ultra-Orthodox community show for other Jews, even… Read More