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05/14/2012 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion


The Conservative Movement is in crisis.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism estimates that from 1985 to 2009, 175 affiliated congregations have dispersed or merged with other denominations. The movement’s branch of day schools, the Solomon Schechter schools, has had the sharpest enrollment decline out of any denominational schools with a 3.8 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011, and since 1998, 20 Conservative day schools have shut down nationwide.

05/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Haredi Jews have become accustomed to their portrayal in a variety of negative ways over the years, the result of our stubborn refusal to assimilate Western values and mores into our lives, our rejection of the notion of a multi-winged Judaism-bird (and, perforce, of conversions of non-Jews to “new Judaisms”) and, to our shame and chagrin, the inexcusable actions of some individuals in our community.

05/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

‘We should make our school more like camp” has been a popular refrain lately. It is impossible to spend time at a Jewish overnight summer camp and not be moved by the intensity of relationships, depth of spirit, and pure joy that imbues the setting. The off-season is a time for camp memories, keeping up with camp friends, and generally biding one’s time until the next summer.

05/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On the piano in our study, surrounded by myriad pictures of grandchildren, stands a photograph of a family Passover seder taken some time in the 1940s. In it my grandparents sit at one end of the dining room table in their small Borough Park apartment, my grandfather in his white kittel, my grandmother in her best holiday dress. Behind them stand my father and his four brothers, and seated in front of them are my mother and the brothers’ spouses.

05/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Back in the 1950’s, Orthodoxy was descendant with many predicting its demise.

05/01/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds.