What Happens When Jews And Christians Throw An Israel Celebration Party

The Bible is filled with stories of miracles. But if there’s one major takeaway from the 2017 Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit, it’s that miracles still happen in our time, and it’s our job to notice and truly appreciate them. The 11-year-old CUFI, which now boasts 3.5 million members, recently gathered in Washington, DC, … Continue reading

What’s It Like To Be A Jew In A Room Full Of Christians

What’s it like to be a Jew in a room of 4,000 people, nearly all of them evangelical Christians? If it’s the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) annual conference, it’s pretty fantastic. A cross between a pep rally for G-d and a big group hug for Jews and the nation of Israel, the gathering is an … 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

The Spooky New Face of Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, Pope Francis waded into the ongoing discussion about anti-Semitism. He told a Jewish audience, “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism.” What exactly is anti-Semitism? The term has been bandied about so often and in so many different contexts lately, we must consider whether … Continue reading

What Natalie Portman Gets Right And Wrong About Jews

Natalie Portman apparently thinks Jews spend too much time talking about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. In an interview about her new movie with the British Independent, the Oscar-winner made provocative and newsworthy observations. However, they were also problematic for a variety of reasons. Portman’s most insightful comment is also her most incendiary: “‘I think a really big question … Continue reading

Justin Timberlake, Zionist

I never understood people’s obsession with Justin Timberlake. Sure, he’s a good dancer, and some of his songs are catchy, but what’s so impressive? Last week, he changed my mind, though. I was smitten by Timberlake’s Instagram photo of his praying at the Kotel, or Western Wall, in Jerusalem. Clearly I’m not the only one … Continue reading