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Nov 24, 2015, 4:29 AM
Restoring Community Cohesion and Bipartisanship
Following is an excerpt of the speech that I gave to the Dallas Federation on November 20, 2015 on healing the Jewish community’s wounds following the bitter debate surrounding the Iran nuclear deal: You all know the nursery rhyme about...
Jul 20, 2015, 5:45 AM
Zionism in the 21st Century
Following is a speech I gave to a national Hadassah leadership gathering on July 15, 2015 in Philadelphia on the topic of Zionism in the 21st Century: Zionism is classically understood as the movement of the Jewish people to reconstitute...
Mar 27, 2015, 5:59 AM
Post Israeli Election: Speech at a Presbyterian Church
I delivered a speech to the congregation at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida on March 24, 2015. The church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which narrowly adopted a resolution at its last national gathering...
Jan 27, 2015, 9:38 PM
American Jewish-Israel Relations in the 21st Century
Following is the speech I gave on January 25, 2015 at Congregation Or Hadash in Ft. Washington, PA of the topic of American Jewish-Israel Relations in the 21st Century. The program was dedicated to Barbara Siegel, z”l, widow of...
Dec 10, 2014, 3:28 PM
Why I Study Arabic
Recently, I unexpectedly received a "certificate of participation" from the Rutgers University senior citizen audit program. For the last several months I've been studying introductory Arabic in a classroom of students who are all more than 40 years younger...
Nov 30, 2014, 10:06 AM
Israel: Jewish and Democratic—Critical to Strike the Right Balance
So much has been written about the controversy surrounding a proposed basic law codifying Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people that it is tempting just to leave the subject alone. Do I have something different and...
Oct 10, 2014, 11:44 AM
Ralph Goldman and David Ben Rafael, Z”L
I was saddened to learn of the passing at age 100 of one of the Jewish people’s truly great leaders, the iconic Ralph Goldman. Ralph, whose amazing career is most associated with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, played...
Sep 22, 2014, 8:31 AM
Prime Minister Netanyahu: A Proposal for Your UN Speech
Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver his annual address to the UN General Assembly in about a week. If I was his speech writer, here is what I would recommend: Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, in recent years my remarks...
Aug 16, 2014, 8:44 AM
Is There Light at the End of the Tunnels?
The following is a speech I delivered at an Israel solidarity gathering sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York on August 14, 2014: I remember my first Israel Solidarity rally well. It was May, 1967, in my hometown, Harrisburg...
Martin J. Raffel served for 27 years as Senior Vice President at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Director of its Task Force on Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights.