The Politics of Apology

Morlan Ty Rogers
Seventeen years ago, I discovered the horrible fate that had befallen twenty-six of my relatives. On July 10, 1941, just days after Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union and took over northeastern Poland, practically the entire Jewish population of a town called Jedwabne--as many as 1,600 men, women, and children--were brutally murdered.

Poland - In the Shadow of Memory

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Jedwabne, Poland-July 10, 2001. The market square is like a movie set. A makeshift stage awaits the principal actor in this historic drama--Aleksander Kwasniewski, president of the Polish Republic. We join the international ensemble of reporters and cameramen who vie for positions behind police barricades. All but a handful of...

Reaching Out to a New Generation

Bonny V. Fetterman
Emma Peabody of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey is enthusiastic about her courses in “Biblical Theology” and “Women in Israel” at the University of Haifa, part of the Reform Movement’s Carmel one-year college program in Israel. While she jokes that being a Reform Jew in Israel...

Opting for Israel

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
There is nothing Israel needs now more than a strong, significant, authentic, Liberal voice of Reform Jews from North America, especially as Israelis begin to look in earnest for more meaningful connections to their Jewish heritage.

Exploring: Israel's Tranquility Trail

Aron and Judith Hirt-Manheimer
As our minivan approached the ruins of the Crusader castle that once defended Caesarea, our guide pointed to a delicate white wildflower at the side of the road. "The Havatselet Hasharon," Ikey informed us, "blooms only once a year, marking the end of summer. It is mentioned in The Song...