Does American Jewry’s Future Include Officers Guarding Us In Riot Gear?

Passing on religious rituals was something I remember looking forward to before I became a mother. Little did I know that the Jewish High Holidays in 2019 would hardly resemble the holidays of my childhood. Growing up in the 1980s and ‘90s, anyone could walk into my suburban New York synagogue for Rosh Hashanah or … Continue reading

For once the UN calls out global anti-Semitism

Jewish year 5779 went out on a high note at the United Nations, where special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief Ahmed Shaheed released the advance copy of his report on global anti-Semitism. The organization that once equated Zionism with racism, published the ugly Goldstone report, and remains home to the ironically named Human … Continue reading

This Year, We Jews Must Put Aside Our Differences And Stand As One Against Anti-Semitism

If two Jews have three opinions, how many opinions might six million American Jews have? We’re a boisterous, disputatious bunch, as we should be. We’re also remarkably good at dividing into tribes of those who dress or think as we do. But what if identifying first and foremost (and even only) with such subgroups is … Continue reading

New Board Members Prove Women’s March Antisemitism Is A Feature, Not A Bug

The more things change at the Women’s March, the more they stay the same. This week, in an article entitled “Women’s March replaces three original leaders, after anti-Semitism accusations, with 16 board members” The Washington Post suggested a link between those charges of antisemitism and the group’s recent leadership changes. But read that article or The … Continue reading

Bari Weiss Explains How To Fight The Rise Of Anti-Semitism

You don’t need to convince me, but for anyone who remains skeptical that rising domestic anti-Semitism is a threat, Bari Weiss’s How to Fight Anti-Semitism offers a compelling survey of the present scene. The New York Times opinion editor and writer examines anti-Semitism on the right, the left, and among Islamists. Weiss describes her book as … Continue reading

Why Haven’t Republicans Stood Against Antisemitism In The Wake Of Trump’s Comments?

I can hear a pin drop. Considering how many Republicans usually race to defend the honor of American Jews (and Israel), the silence this past week has been striking. To recap, during an Oval Office press availability after meeting with the Romanian president last Tuesday, President Trump was asked about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s suggestion that … Continue reading

‘Never Again’ Requires Promoting Religious Freedom For All

  For a conference that wasn’t primarily about Jews or anti-Semitism, the Holocaust featured fairly prominently at the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week — and not in a Godwin’s Law sort of way. Perhaps that reflected survivors of religious violence visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last Monday, but “Never … Continue reading

The First Amendment Shouldn’t Be An Empty Promise To American Jews

The First Amendment’s promise of freedom of religion is an empty one if all Americans, including American Jews, don’t feel safe in their houses of worship or welcome in their communities. With FBI data showing that 58 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes targeted American Jews in 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been making … Continue reading

Unlike House, U.S. Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism

When you write about anti-Semitism, there’s typically not much good news to report; the world’s oldest hatred has been making a comeback not only overseas, but also here in the US of A. So, it’s both good and important to pause and celebrate the U.S. Senate unanimously passing a resolution that unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism. Where … Continue reading

Forum Reflects On Rising Concerns For Jews Across The World

What does it look like when our vulgar and polarized political era collides with one of American Jews’ oldest and most genteel organizations? Rather like the 2019 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum. Last week, nearly 2,500 people representing the United States and 50 other nations gathered in Washington D.C. for the organization’s annual conference. … Continue reading