Confronting Antisemitism: Bringing Meaning and Context to Our New Reality
January 18, 2024
If the 19th Century afforded Jews the opportunity to identify and to adopt Western liberal political ideas, to create our own national liberation movement through Zionism, and to access and assimilate into democratic and civic institutions, then, in this century, American Jews are feeling for the first time a systematic rejection of their standing and place within modern society.
Ten principles for leadership in a post-Oct. 7 world
January 10, 2024
Since Oct. 7, Jewish professionals have been called upon to demonstrate a different type of leadership as we continue to grapple with our own personal responses to the events unfolding in Israel. The ripple effects of this moment will likely not only change our sense of self but also impact the institutions we are committed to serving.
Taking Stock in 2024: The New American Reality and What It May Mean for Jews
The Times of Israel
January 2, 2024
The demographic character of America is being recreated. The political culture of this society is experiencing new and significant stresses and threats. The American economic story is transitioning in significant and challenging ways. The role and place of religion in the United States is undergoing profound change. All of this has profound structural and social implications for this nation’s Jews.
An Election Like None Other: The 2024 Campaign & America’s Jews
December 24, 2023
Will we be looking at a Jewish political realignment in 2024?
While the current polling data does not necessarily show such a “bleeding” among Jewish democrats, in fact, recent events may be triggering a Jewish voter response different from what we have experienced before.
We Are Not Alone, But Urgent Attention to Intergroup Relations is Required
December 21, 2023
Since October 7th we have seen countless articles, sermons and posts about how long-time allies of the Jewish community abandoned us in our hours of need after the brutal Hamas massacre — perhaps expressing initial solidarity only to fade away after Israel responded militarily. Some have suggested that we walk away from these relationships, that they have proven to be a waste of time. We believe that is the opposite of what is needed now.
Jews who sit outside
December 11, 2023
It’s hard to believe it is possible to be more disturbed by the details of Hamas’ butchery on Oct. 7 and the harrowing experiences of hostages taken into Gaza, and yet new photos and interviews and investigations continue to bring new revelations to light. Despite all this, and even as social media and traditional news outlets continue to document increasing instances of antisemitism, there are still Jewish public figures and organizations in America who are choosing at this moment to focus their energies on critiquing Israel’s policies or even questioning the legitimacy of its existence.
Preparing for a Post October 7 World
November 23, 2023
In the aftermath of the Hamas pogrom of October 7, we sense a different moment in time as a religious community and as citizens of this country. This is a new war against the Jews, as Hamas’ assault on Israelis is now being carried forward by their allies on America’s soil and beyond. In connection with the Gaza crisis, we are experiencing a series of challenging moments, setting off complex emotions, triggering new questions and generating an array of both personal and collective concerns.
The November 14th Solidarity Rally for Israel: Unpacking This Gathering
The Times of Israel
November 21, 2023
Frederick Douglas reminds us that “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” The staging of the November 14th Solidarity Rally for Israel succeeded on several different fronts. Its message was targeted, direct and clear. The massive attendance, beating all predictions, exceeding all prior Washington Jewish gatherings, made it newsworthy and relevant. It received global coverage, not only in connection with its impressive numbers but the nature of its political and humanitarian messages.
Finding Meaning in a Time of Loss
November 15, 2023
Over the weeks following October 7th, I have lost a part of myself as well as my America! As if without warning, I along so many of my colleagues have experienced a series of losses. This past month, I have seen friends disappear; the failure of America’s elite universities to be responsive to the needs of their students and alumni; and sadly, my political party move further left, upending its long-held consensus on the American-Israel partnership.
Fixing America’s Challenges: Providing a Jewish Communal Response
The Times of Israel
November 9, 2023
This series of articles were prepared prior to the events of October 7th. The analysis of these ongoing political challenges sadly aligns with what we are currently experiencing.
This article follows two earlier commentaries, one on the current state of our society and its implications for Jews. The other provides an internal Jewish response to these challenges. In this column a set of proposals are introduced for reinvigorating the American experience, where the Jewish community can and must play an essential role.