Posts By Sara Harelson

Sheldon Silverman

Sheldon Silverman, 91, died Jan. 8, 2018. Mr. Silverman was born in Chicago and had lived in Tucson since 1992. He served in World War II as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1950, he graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in… Read more »

Israel is ready for war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Here are five reasons why.

A view of the border between Lebanon, left, and Israel near the village of Kfar Kila, Feb. 7, 2018. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a simple, straightforward message this week when he toured Israel’s border with Syria and Lebanon with top security officials. “Our face is turned toward peace, we are ready for any eventuality, and I don’t suggest anyone test us,” he said… Read more »

My Kids Live In Israel. Should I Follow Them?

(Kveller via JTA) — I have three children. Three healthy, wonderful, grown-up children. I have a wonderful husband. And I have a father, a brother and sister-in-law, and other friends and relatives whom I love. Sounds good, no? It is good. It’s very good. Yet I often say that… Read more »

This Navy commander organized a seder on an aircraft carrier. Now she’s running for Congress.

Elaine Luria, running for Congress, speaking at a Democratic committee meeting in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 3, 2018. (Ron Kampeas)

NORFOLK, Va. (JTA) — The Norfolk Democratic Party Committee is meeting on a Saturday and Picadilly, a breakfast joint propped along a highway in this scrubbed-clean hardscrabble town perched on the Chesapeake Bay, is loud with the clatter of dishes, cutlery and politics. Until, that is, Elaine Luria is… Read more »

The youngest Schindler’s list survivor is still telling her story

Eva Lavi, who was 2 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland, addressing the United Nations last week. (Courtesy of the Israeli mission to the U.N.)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Eva Lavi’s earliest memories are of the Holocaust. She remembers how her mother made her hide outside in below-zero weather, clutching a standing pipe, as Nazis searched her home in Poland. She remembers her father telling her to swallow a spoonful of cyanide — better… Read more »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she will serve as long as she has ‘steam’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking with the Forward's editor-in-chief, Jane Eisner, at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., Feb. 1, 2018. (Ron Sachs/CNP)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Jewish audience that she would serve on the U.S. Supreme Court as long as she felt up to it. Ginsburg, appearing Thursday at a Forward event at Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C., appeared to confirm recent reports that she… Read more »

Why Democrats sat on their hands when Donald Trump celebrated recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Democratic Reps. Steny Hoyer, left, and Nancy Pelosi at the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jan. 30, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) — President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel made it into his State of the Union speech. “Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said to applause, mostly from… Read more »

9 things you didn’t know about Passover

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) — Here are nine things that many likely wouldn’t know about the Festival of Freedom: 1. In Gibraltar, there’s dust in the charoset. The traditional charoset is a sweet Passover paste whose texture is meant as a reminder of the mortar the enslaved Jews… Read more »

Debate over Polish Holocaust law prompts an anti-Semitic media backlash

TVP, the state-owned television station in Poland, apologized to an Israeli ambassador for a tweet accusing Israel of ulterior motives in objecting to a new law regulating how Poles may discuss the Holocaust. (Flickr Commons/Piotr Drabik)

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Debate over a Polish law that proposes to outlaw rhetoric blaming Poland for Nazi crimes has prompted a wave of anti-Semitic comments in the Polish media. RMF, one of the largest Polish commercial radio stations, suspended a journalist who wrote about the “war with the Jews.”… Read more »

‘Modern Loss’ authors want to change the way we talk about mourning

The cover of “Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome."(Courtesy of Birkner)

(JTA) — When Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer met in 2007, the two Jewish journalists found they had much more in common than their professions. Through a mutual friend, they joined what became known as Women With Dead Parents, a monthly dinner gathering in New York City for women… Read more »

This Jewish Bedtime Ritual Is a Parenting Win

(Kveller via JTA) — Twinkle, twinkle, kochavim (stars), Shining in the shamayim (sky). When I say Shema tonight, Everything will be all right. Years ago, my oldest child brought this song home from preschool. It made me wonder: What exactly was the message they were trying to convey to… Read more »

Orthodox Union will not penalize synagogues that already have women clergy

The Orthodox Union is allowing Maharat Ruth Friedman, left, shown at her graduation from Yeshivat Maharat in 2013, and three other Orthodox women clergy to remain in their positions without their synagogues facing a penalty. (Joe Winkler)

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Orthodox Union will not penalize its member synagogues that already employ women as clergy, but it has reaffirmed a policy that prohibits other synagogues from hiring women in rabbinic positions. A statement adopted at the umbrella Orthodox synagogue association’s board meeting last night and… Read more »