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May 17, 2018, 4:19 pm
What comes next after Israel’s very big day?
As we rejoice, we need to remember that we still have a long way to go. At the top of the list is achieving peace.
May 10, 2018, 2:16 pm
Time to move beyond Abbas
The Palestinian president's most recent comments about the Jewish people, the Holocaust and Israel prove once again that he is unwilling or unable to lead negotiations with Israel.
May 4, 2018, 9:25 am
What divisiveness at a unity rally means for urban communities
At a "unity rally" to tamp down inter-community strife, the controversy over D.C. city Councilman Trayon White's claim that Jewish bankers controlled the weather amped up tensions.
April 27, 2018, 9:10 am
Natalie Portman’s snub to Israel reinforces its vilifiers
Portman has a right to disagree vocally with Israel's latest actions. But, whatever her intentions, the effect of her decision was to encourage and reinforce Israel's vilifiers.
April 20, 2018, 3:30 pm
Defining Auschwitz shouldn’t be difficult
We’ve built Holocaust museums, regularly hold Yom Hashoah memorials, and remind ourselves that survivors are dwindling — but does the Jewish community live in a Holocaust bubble?
April 12, 2018, 4:01 pm
Appoint the anti-Semitism envoy
The pressure for the Trump administration to staff the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and name a special envoy to lead the department is mounting.
April 4, 2018, 4:10 pm
Words have meaning; so too do interfaith alliances
Recent events at a school board meeting showed that Pittsburgh is not immune from religiously insensitive speech. The community's response showed the value of interfaith relations.
April 2, 2018, 4:07 pm
Everyone is talking about the weather
Trayon White's video blaming "the Rotshchilds" for controlling the weather is a test for Jews and Jewish organizations to show some nuance in responding to such an incident.
March 27, 2018, 3:15 pm
The children’s march
Having turned this from a gun rights issue to a safety issue, the student protestors have reminded us the safety of children should be considered in any conversation about guns.
March 15, 2018, 5:09 pm
Blame the military for Rohingya persecution, not the civilian leader
Burmese civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi may not be living up to expectations as a human rights advocate. But her influence is curtailed by the country's military generals.
March 9, 2018, 11:13 am
Vote for next prime minister could be Israel’s political bellwether
The left-wing party Meretz may be in a position to to test how willing Israelis are to vote for a party touting social equality and accommodation with the Palestinians.
March 1, 2018, 4:56 pm
Changing landscape offers challenges, opportunities in PGH Jewish community
The community study showed lower rates of affiliation and traditional involvement in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. We must experiment with new programs to reverse the trend.
February 22, 2018, 3:51 pm
When will America wake up?
No matter how deep and how gut-wrenching the hurt of these horrible mass murders, none of the wake-up calls seems to wake up our policy-changers.
February 16, 2018, 12:00 pm
The Israeli government should think again before deporting Africans
No country looks good turning away refugees and asylum seekers. Israel needs to find a better way to explain why it’s doing what it’s doing.
February 8, 2018, 2:19 pm
In an impulse to prove their victimhood Poland is whitewashing Holocaust history
Last week the Polish parliament passed a bill that prohibits placing blame on Poland for crimes committed by Nazi Germany.