Supporting Our Survivors

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This Holocaust menorah has a prominent place in Smith-Kogod Residence in Rockville.  (Photo credit: Suzanne Pollak)

A 100-year-old woman chatted briefly as she got her hair done at the salon in the Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ Hebrew Home in Rockville, Maryland, where she lives. It was just one of the many things she was rushing to accomplish before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Brave Jew World

Written by Rabbi Jonathan Gross on . Posted in Features

In the dystopian future depicted in Aldous Huxley’s classic “Brave New World,” people are industrially engineered, manufactured, and programmed. Through advanced technology, perfect social stability and harmony is achieved — at the cost of free will and any semblance of humanity.

‘A Synagogue Without Walls’

Written by Emma Murray on . Posted in Features

Campus rabbis equipped with training as pastoral counselors are a resource for one-on-one and community-wide support for Jewish students.

For many students, college means the opportunity to make new friends, discover a passion for a specific field, get involved with student groups, and experience endless positive opportunities. For many other students, college is also a time when new challenges, mental health issues, conflicts with classmates, friends and family, and the overall stress of academia start to take its toll on many students, regardless of race, gender, age, or religion. With schedules packed with social, academic, and extracurricular commitments, it can be hard for students to pause and think about getting the support they need.

Struggling for Freedom: An American Journalist’s Visit With Imprisoned Jewish Fighters in 1946 Palestine

Written by Rafael Medoff on . Posted in Features

The fight to establish the State of Israel was waged not only between Jewish underground militias and the British Mandate authorities, but also on the battlefield of public opinion — and public opinion influenced the political and diplomatic struggles that helped determine the fate of the Holy Land. One of those who helped shape the American public’s perception of the fight for Jewish independence was a remarkable journalist named Margaret Ashton Stimson Lindsley.

Israel and the Palestinians: Two Overlooked Obstacles

Written by Eli Chomsky on . Posted in Features

The general belief among observers of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is that the main obstacles to an agreement are the determination of permanent borders, the future of Israeli settlements, and the final status of Jerusalem — the latter being the most emotional issue of all.

To be sure, it will be extremely difficult for U.S. interlocutors to bridge the gaps between these bitter foes regarding these historically intractable issues. And the challenge gets greater still when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightful demand that the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state is factored into the equation.

My Beloved Son Erez

Written by Caryn Orbach on . Posted in Features

My beloved son Erez was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on January 2, 2017.

Erez was an amazing person, loved by all who knew him.

Keep Your Pence On

Written by Miriam Gross on . Posted in Features

The Vice President’s commitment to “building a zone” around his marriage has sparked a larger conversation about men and women in the workplace.

“If there’s alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me.” This quote from Vice President Mike Pence, featured in a 2002 article by Beltway publication The Hill, was recently referenced in the Washington Post’s profile of America’s Second Lady, Karen Pence:

The Ten-Day Adrenaline Rush: Part 1

Written by Devora Jaye on . Posted in Features

The noise is deafening and the chaos is unbelievable as hundreds of college students try to find each other in a crowded, post-New Year’s bedlam. Passports are checked, name badges are given, and the security line is crawling. The excitement in the air is palpable. These students are traveling to Israel, most of them for the very first time, on a tiny little program called Birthright.

College Student Observes Different Tactics for Combating Anti-Israel Messaging on Campus

Written by Hadassah Solomson on . Posted in Features

Every year during Apartheid Week, pro-Israel student groups on Columbia University’s campus are presented with the recurring dilemma: how best to combat the anti-Israel narrative and effectively communicate a positive message to the student body regarding the State of Israel and its right to exist. Columbia’s campus is not unique: campuses and communities across the country contend with similar anti-Israel rhetoric each year.