Opinions

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

In a series of serendipitous events on April 4, two 17-year-olds, Jordan April and Archer Schurtliff, became my heroes. Upon arriving in Oswego, New York for my book signing at the River’s End Bookstore, I stopped at a grocery store to load up on caffeine. A downpour kept me in my car, so I scrolled […]

Milwaukee’s community shaliach returning to Israel

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  When Amit Yaniv-Zehavi led a recent Jewish Federation staff trip to Israel in March, she scheduled a stop at Kibbutz Tzora. “We were on kibbutz and in my own house, the place where I will be sitting in three months and drinking coffee,” she said. Yaniv-Zehavi, her husband Doron and their children Yonatan, Daniel […]

Returning to Israel, I hope for better

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  In 1978, when Israel was 30 and I was 10, my Israeli parents decided to return to Israel after 16 years in New York. I encountered a naïve, un-cynical and optimistic Israel. My peers were very accepting. I spent many hours outdoors, “unattended,” barefoot, climbing trees, playing. I rode my bike to school through […]

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

    I was born on a kibbutz one year after the Six Day War and grew up during the post-war days. I can still remember the atmosphere in the kibbutz on Yom HaAtzmaut then: the colorful bicycle parade, the party into late night hours, with everybody singing and dancing. There was so much pride […]

First person: Interpreting the bias of the UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

Posted on: May 4, 2017 | 8 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Miles Guralnick received a Gold Key award regionally and a Silver Medal nationally for this critical essay that he wrote for the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, as a junior at Nicolet High School, on the subject of the UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution. As thousands of tourists and worshipers of all religions visit […]

Memo from a survivor of esophageal cancer

Posted on: May 3, 2017 | 7 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

The call came in the morning three years ago. I had had a colonoscopy and because I had developed a difficultly in swallowing in the previous months the doctor ordered an endoscopy. When a doctor calls first thing in the morning after a test it is usually not a good sign and my heart sank. […]

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

Posted on: April 3, 2017 | 7 Nisan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Last month I traveled to Israel with 26 of my co-workers. The trip was funded by a few generous donors with great foresight. They understood something I did not: the experience would transform our organization. The trip forever changed the way I will think and communicate about Israel. I met remarkable people like Uriel […]

Opinion: A Jewish psychiatrist’s perspective on Islamophobia

Opinion: A Jewish psychiatrist’s perspective on Islamophobia

Posted on: March 3, 2017 | 5 Adar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Why should Jews and Jewish psychiatrists be so concerned with Islamophobia? Is it a relative of Anti-Semitism? Though Anti-Semitism has come to mean discrimination toward Jews, the Oxford Dictionary defines Semite as “including in particular Jews and Arabs.” Is it a mental problem of some sort that needs to be addressed by society and […]

Opinion: White House must not eliminate monitoring of anti-Semitism

Opinion: White House must not eliminate monitoring of anti-Semitism

Posted on: March 1, 2017 | 3 Adar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  I had the great honor to serve as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the U.S. State Department during President Obama’s first term. The creation of this position was the result of the United Nations hate fest that took place in September 2001, in Durban, South Africa. Our country, and many European […]

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Posted on: January 27, 2017 | 29 Tevet 5777 by Rob Golub

  I didn’t want to march. I don’t like crowds. I wasn’t sure what marching would accomplish or how it would be interpreted. But it felt like too much was at stake not to show up. Why did I choose to go? Because, as Gloria Steinem said at the Women’s March on Washington, “Sometimes we […]