Between The Lines: Reflec­tions on the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Experience

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By – May 22, 2014

Eli Wiesel describes Gary Rosen­blatt, as An Hon­or To His Pro­fes­sion” in his pref­ace to Rosenblatt’s book, Between the Lines: Reflec­tions on the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Expe­ri­ence: A Col­lec­tion from 20 Years of Columns. Rosen­blatt is the long­time edi­tor and pub­lish­er of the New York Jew­ish Week and an extraor­dinary news­pa­per man. He has con­sis­tent­ly been fear­less and inci­sive in writ­ing about the major issues fac­ing the Amer­i­can Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and Israel. He has tack­led such sen­si­tive sub­jects as sex­u­al harass­ment by rab­bini­cal author­i­ties, inef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers, and intra-com­mu­ni­ty issues. 

This vol­ume is a trea­sure trove of beauti­fully writ­ten essays or columns tack­ling issues that affect all Jews. What is crys­tal clear is that Rosen­blatt tru­ly loves yid­dishkeit, the Jew­ish peo­ple, Israel, and Jew­ish learn­ing and beliefs. Illustrations.

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Car­ol Poll, Ph.D., is the retired Chair of the Social Sci­ences Depart­ment and Pro­fes­sor of Soci­ol­o­gy at the Fash­ion Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy of the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York. Her areas of inter­est include the soci­ol­o­gy of race and eth­nic rela­tions, the soci­ol­o­gy of mar­riage, fam­i­ly and gen­der roles and the soci­ol­o­gy of Jews.

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