Gov. Andrew Cuomo plays a dangerous double game with New York Jews

Sometimes, you’re sure there’s a back story; you just don’t know what it is. For example, four Democratic legislators representing Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn took the striking step of accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a “duplicitous bait-and-switch.” A Jewish leader described feeling stabbed in the back by the governor. But now that the Orthodox Jewish daily Hamodia has shared a recording of … Continue reading

It’s Cuomo and de Blasio vs. New York’s Jews

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t stand to be second best at anything, so this week, he’s taking on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to see who can more effectively alienate Jewish New Yorkers. It’s a heated battle because the incompetent de Blasio has thus far excelled at stigmatizing New York City’s Jews, ably … Continue reading

How everyday people can help Israel and support peace in the Middle East

This year can no longer be written off as a complete annus horribilis. Against all odds, peace appears to be breaking out in the Middle East.  Last week, Israel doubled the number of formal peace agreements with its regional Arab neighbors, leapfrogging from two to four. To borrow a phrase from the Democratic presidential nominee, … Continue reading

To the Far Right and Back Again

An overriding message from the last few months of protests is that it’s not enough not to be racist. Rather, one must be explicitly anti-racist. It’s not enough to support the peaceful demonstrations going on around the country. “Silence is violence” is the new mantra.  That has led to such harrowing scenes as we saw … Continue reading

Reaching Young Fathers of Color

Fatherhood is life changing. But what does it look like if you’re a black or Latino father between the ages of 18 and 24? This question is explored in a recent report released by Baltimore’s Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Reaching Their Full Potential: Strategies for Supporting Young Fathers of Color, which compiles the wisdom of 10 fatherhood programs from … Continue reading

COVID is Fueling Education Innovation

There’s nothing more predictable than the school calendar—in a non-COVID year, that is. This year, all bets are off, and that has complicated life for families.  After the mess that was spring’s experiment with distance learning, and with many public schools planning to delay in-classroom learning even longer, many parents are forming “homeschooling pods” or “micro-schools.” … Continue reading

The Science of anti-Semitism

The darkest chapter of modern Jewish history involved Germany applying science to anti-Semitic degradation and violence. Seventy-five years later, the German government is still exorcising those demons, and as part of that effort, it’ll now be using scientific logic to stamp out resurgent Jew-hate within its own borders.  It’s been a long road. West Germans … Continue reading

Ilhan Omar singles out her opponent’s Jewish donors with anti-Semitic campaign mailer

There’s nothing more on-brand for freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota than finding herself at the center of a controversy over anti-Semitism. Lo and behold, that’s exactly where she finds herself once again. On Thursday, Vice reported that Omar’s campaign had sent mailers to constituents asking, “Can We Trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s Money?” They also allege that primary … Continue reading

Hey, NFL: Take up the mantle and combat anti-Semitism

Somewhat unexpectedly, the National Football League stands astride a pivotal moment in Jewish history. How do the Philadelphia Eagles (and the league more broadly) think about anti-Semitism? This week marks a turning point for Jews (and for American culture more broadly) as the NFL decides whether anti-Semitism is vile bigotry that must be stigmatized or … Continue reading

It’s always the right time to talk about anti-Semitism, especially during Black Lives Matter protests

Recent weeks have seen a heated discussion among American Jews about whether there is a “right time” to talk about anti-Semitism. And if so, does now qualify, since our country is going through a reckoning over racism? American Jews want to show solidarity with peaceful protesters, but should that include support for the Black Lives Matter organization, … Continue reading