Paying the price for quality Jewish education

If the closure of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and its replacement by a Jewish Federation of Greater Washington education department changes the priority our community gives to Jewish education, we hope it will only be to raise it. So much of Jewish life revolves around learning that a community that merely pays… Read More

More than a time-out needed with Russia

With the cancellation of President Obama’s meeting early next month with President Vladimir Putin, the administration’s hoped-for political reset with the Russians has suffered a further setback. Mr. Obama canceled the planned bilateral meeting in Moscow shortly after Mr. Putin granted political asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The grant of asylum to Snowden was… Read More

Beyond the press release

National Jewish organizations are famous for their press releases. But while they have mastered the email blast favored by older Jews, a provocative op-ed piece in the Algemeiner gives the organizations poor marks in managing the social media tools — Facebook, Twitter and others — favored by younger Jews. “The organizations have minimal knowledge of… Read More

John Kerry’s accomplishment

Many thought that, in taking on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Secretary of State John Kerry was embarking on a fool’s errand. But after investing significant time, effort and his own reputation in the process, he was able to bring the parties to the table last week. By achieving that result, Mr. Kerry confounded the doubters, at least… Read More

Jerusalem is part of Israel

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Its final status will be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians. These dual realities hover in the background of the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, and last week’s ruling in that case by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At issue was whether… Read More

‘Everyone’s rabbis’?

There was a period of time leading up to last week’s chief rabbinate elections in Israel where there was a glimmer of hope for moderation and the potential for some element of change. In the final days before the election, however, it became clear that no such movement was likely. And so it is. The… Read More

The power of words

Helen Thomas made a groundbreaking career in journalism by being pointed, persistent and fearless. She broke down barriers in journalism for women — she was the first female member of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. And she had a career longevity that most would envy. When she first reported for duty… Read More

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