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

Is America Experiencing Europe’s Growing Anti-Semitism?

Is America experiencing Europe’s growing anti-Semitism? That was the central question at the Hudson Institute last Tuesday afternoon. As Hudson Institute CEO Ken Weinstein noted in opening remarks, it’s a question we never thought we’d have to ask. Yet, in 2019, it’s an unavoidable, even urgent question. After deadly attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway, along … Continue reading

For All Jews, The Shooting At Poway Chabad Hits Too Close To Home

There’s nothing quite like logging onto Twitter on a Saturday night after spending the day with family and learning that there’s been another synagogue shooting. Momentarily, you forget to breathe. Then you find yourself thinking about the dead and the injured with a knot in your stomach. Sixty-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye should still be here. … Continue reading

7 Passover Lessons I Learned From Twitter

Jews around the world spent this past weekend at our Passover Seders celebrating our march from slavery to freedom. Meanwhile, it appears the rest of the English-speaking Twitterverse has been busy commenting about the Festival of Freedom. From these tweets, this Jew learned several lessons. 1. ‘Star Wars’ Has a Jewish side Apparently, there are … Continue reading

Democrats To Jews: You Don’t Know An Anti-Semite When You Hear One

There’s a revolution underway. American Jews, who have been an integral part of the Democratic coalition for more than a century, are currently being made uncomfortable in their political home. And the whole thing is being live-tweeted. What’s shocking isn’t that there are anti-Semites (and those willing to tolerate them) on the political left. There … Continue reading

Democrats Need To Bounce Rep. Ilhan Omar Off The Foreign Affairs Committee, Stat

Democrats wanted to shake things up in Washington, and they have. This new Congress has raised all sorts of questions I never knew I needed to be answered, such as: How many blatantly anti-Semitic comments can a Democratic rising star make before members of her own party criticize her? And how many such statements can … Continue reading

Women’s March Partners Explain Why They’re Ignoring Allegations Of Anti-Semitism

Amidst the controversy over alleged anti-Semitism within the Women’s March leadership, the organization has seen numerous progressive allies — including Emily’s List, the Human Rights Campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — quietly uncouple. However, many partners remain and groups like Psychologists for Social Responsibility have added their names … Continue reading

We Shouldn’t Only Care About Anti-Semitism When Trump Is President

The scene at the JCC in Albany, New York, after a bomb threat was called in (Slate.com).   What a messed up world we live in. New York-based law enforcement has now identified Juan Thompson as the man allegedly responsible for eight of the 100-plus calls targeting Jewish institutions nationwide this year. Bravo, law enforcement. You’re doing … Continue reading

Anti-Semitism Mars The Olympic Spirit

Every two years, countries put aside petty differences to join hands and sing “Kumbaya” at the Olympics. Or, more accurately, we don’t. Notions of friendly competition between nations and “the Olympic spirit” are wonderful theory, but politics always seems to intrude. There are peoples who have had trouble getting along since forever. For example, Britain’s Independent reported … Continue reading

Soapy ‘Quantico’ Reflects Increasingly Ugly Racial Tensions

“Quantico” is sleek and suspenseful. On its soapy surface, it’s a show about fighting terrorism while looking hot. Dig a little deeper, though, and the show teaches us something about lingering stereotypes, including those about American Jews and Israelis. Pop culture can influence viewers’ opinions and even spur social changes, for good or ill. For that … Continue reading