Women of the Wall – a different perspective

by Chana Keleman As a religious woman, I am struck by some glaring inconsistencies in the Women of the Wall’s cause and, because they have taken their political and social protest to our holiest site, I feel personally affected by the Women of the Wall’s stance, and would like to respond with a few observations…. Read More

Ill-advised list

by Daniel Pipes At this moment of sequester and belt-tightening, the U.S. government has delivered a reading list on Islam. The National Endowment for the Humanities has joined with two private foundations, Carnegie and Duke, to fund “Muslim Journeys,” a project that aims to present “new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs,… Read More

Places that connect us

by Rabbi Aaron Miller New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward is a place with many religious people, but fewer pastors; countless houses of worship, but few churches. Most prayer in this rebuilding community takes place in what are known as “family churches,” where large family networks come together to pray. These refitted homes have been owned… Read More

Are synagogues passe?

by Rabbi David Greenspoon Organized Jewish community faces an increasingly challenging landscape: Congregations are “graying” along with the Jewish community; affiliation rates are in a downward spiral; younger Jews are less willing and less able to assume a congregation’s debt load; more and more congregations are closing – or being foreclosed; more synagogue professionals are… Read More

Pluralism in Hillel must extend to Israel

by Lex Rofes and Simone Zimmerman JTA News and Features Throughout our four years in college, Hillel has been our home on campus. We have been involved extensively, with one of us serving as president on campus and on the Hillel international board. While we both found in Hillel a supportive community, when it came… Read More

Jews were saved – but not by FDR

by Rafael Medoff Raoul Wallenberg’s heroic rescue of Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest (including future U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos and his wife-to-be Annette) has gained appropriate and widespread recognition in recent years. But now, incredibly, two authors are suggesting that it was President Franklin Roosevelt who really deserves the credit for making Wallenberg’s mission possible.

Hate no more

by Susie Gelman Special to WJW Mark Carson worked as a manager at a gelato kiosk in Grand Central Station in New York City. According to a co-worker, he was a nice man who would serve customers even after closing hours. But on a recent Friday night, Carson was senselessly and brazenly gunned down in… Read More

Medals are not given for being inconsistent

by Barbara Goldberg Goldman and David Streeter As we so recently affirmed our liberty and reflect upon the journey of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom, so too, did President Barack Obama in his passionate remarks to the Israeli people. He affirmed the Jewish people’s connection to Eretz Yisrael and forcefully rebuked those who… Read More

You shouldn’t have voted for Obama

by Robert G. Samet What do we as a people say about a president who tours Muslim nations early in his first term but conspicuously avoids Israel, who openly disrespects Israel’s visiting leader, who emboldens Palestinians to resist peace negotiations by telling Israel it must first freeze all West Bank construction — not just construction… Read More

How to advocate for Israel to progressives

by Alan Elsner Special to WJW Pro-Israel advocates are coming to realize that we have a growing problem in reaching out to progressives and liberals in the United States. Polling data has for some time revealed a growing gap between the support for Israel among Republicans and among Democrats. Although overall support for Israel among… Read More