The Jewish story is one of both slavery and redemption. Every year, we recount the Exodus, the journey of our ancestors from bondage to freedom. This retelling forms the core of Jewish empathy for the most vulnerable, and our moral imperative to uphold the right of every individual to be free. 

As I watched on television young people in Charlottesville, Va., –  many in their 20s and 30s –chanting things like, “Jews will not replace us,” I was reminded of some of the most powerful stories my father, Dick DeWine, told me about what he witnessed as a soldier during World War II. Dad d…

Jews are asking if we’re back in the 1920s. But to columnist Abraham H. Miller, the scene outside a Charlottesville synagogue is more like Odessa in 1905. In Charlottesville, as three white supremacists with semi-automatic weapons stood across from the synagogue, the congregants left through the back door. During the Odessa pogrom of 1905, Jews created armed militias and fought back. Jews need to learn from their own tragic history and from other ethnic groups that acted to defend themselves. Walking out the back door of a synagogue should never be the recommended option, writes Miller.

Back in April, when I first introduced you to CJN Tomorrow, an initiative intended to grow the voice of up-and-coming leaders in Northeast Ohio, it was merely a concept we hoped would take off. 

The visits, the food, the cards and the donations we received in memory of my husband, Rabbi Michael Hecht, are signs and symbols of our community, of what we mean to each other, the bonds we share in life and death, and how those bonds sustain us in difficult times.

Years before the concept of “tikun olam,” repairing the world, became for some a kind of watchword for applied Judaism, there was a proud Jew born and raised in Cleveland named Eliezer Jaffe. For him, repairing what was wrong and unjust in Israeli society was a driving force in his life. Las…

It’s not often I take to these pages in an open letter to our readers. In the past when I’ve done so it’s been to share with you our growth strategies, enhancements to our products, or to remind you of our editorial priorities.

My mom passed away almost three years ago. It was not a tragic death as she was just a few weeks shy of her 92nd birthday, and she had been steadily declining, in mind and body, for several years. I am surprised to find, however, that as time passes, I think of her more, not less, and I find…

A Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Hebrew University of Jerusalem students has found a new ally, the far-left Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) group. How mainstream Jewish liberal groups respond to JVP’s hosting of Rasmea Odeh at its national conference in March will be telling, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and we are reminded of an alarming statistic: one in three teens in the United States experiences dating violence. This figure, in part, has led the federal government to identify teen dating abuse as a serious public health problem i…

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the Inauguration Day service Jan. 20 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washinton, D.C., a tradition that goes back to 1933. The live video showed the Trumps shaking hands with the pastor and entering the church, followed immediately by his daughte…

There has been much in the news recently regarding vaccines and autism – from President Donald Trump’s meeting with Robert F. Kennedy, the environmental activist and outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist, to a controversial column that calls vaccines into question written by Dr. Daniel Neide…

As a Jewish woman, I firmly believe in the value of kavod ha bri’ot, affirming respect and dignity for all human beings. We all deserve the ability to make our own decisions about our health, our bodies and our future, including the decision to have an abortion.