Contributor Archives: Sidney Topol

About Sidney Topol

Sidney Topol is a friend of Ameinu, a board member of Americans for Peace Now and on the Advisory Board of J-Street. Sid, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Boston Latin School, where he was named Man of the Year in 1982. He holds a B.S. in Physics and honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. His graduate study in electrical engineering was done at the University of California in Berkeley. He is married to Lillian Friedman Topol, and they have three daughters, all of whom are married and pursuing professional careers. Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Cable Television Hall of Fame, MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame. Currently, he is President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund.

President Obama, How About This Year in Jerusalem?

As I celebrate Passover this year, I will be thinking not only of my people’s distant past but also of our recent past and our future. I will be thinking of the fact that we will soon mark 44 years of Israel’s rule over another people and pondering why Israel’s leaders – and ours – have not yet found a way to rid the Jewish state of this moral, economic, political and security burden. I will be thinking of the profound positive benefits that an Israeli- Palestinian peace accord would …

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Resist Being Discouraged

Last fall, I wrote in these pages that the time was ripe for American Jews to follow the lead of two unprecedented, bipartisan resolutions of the House of Representatives and the Senate in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks about to be re-launched in Annapolis, Maryland. While we haven’t yet witnessed the dramatic series of reciprocal, confidence-building steps that we had hoped for, and while, admittedly, it is too often necessary to fight back bouts of despondency about the …

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