Category Archive for: Op-Eds

A Few Observations About Secretary of State John Kerry’s Speech

by Haya Luftig

By David Bernstein Prior to Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks today, rumors were swirling that the Secretary would formally recognize a Palestinian State. That did not come to pass Instead, Kerry delivered an impassioned, 70 minute exhortation that the two parties must reach a two state solution. Time and facts on the ground are threatening such a…



Dinner in Israel. You’re Invited!

by Administrator

We just returned from an inspiring JCPA leadership mission to Israel, and my head is still spinning. Participating in a high level JCPA mission can be a bit like plopping yourself in the middle of somebody else’s heated family dinner discussion. You hear familiar tropes. You instinctively agree with some comments and disagree with others.…



Eight Challenges for Community Relations in the Wake of the Election

by Administrator

By David Bernstein Like many (ok, all) of you, I’m struggling to make sense of the election. How should the community relations network respond over time? Here are eight challenges (and opportunities?) that emerge from the 2016 contest: Possible changes to the status of many social policy issues, such as health care, immigration, reproductive rights,…



Why we Must Strengthen the Community Relations Field

by Administrator

JCPA recently performed a scan which revealed that today, at least 63 JCRC directors have been on the job for less than two years. That’s actually not unusual in today’s Jewish non-profit world. Turnover abounds. It does serve as a reminder, however, of the need to continually build our field and strengthen our connections to…



Four Reasons To Re-engage In The Civil Rights Movement

by Administrator

NEW YORK (The Jewish Week)October 6, 2016 The Movement for Black Lives platform calling Israel an apartheid state guilty of “genocide” sent shock waves through the Jewish community. It should not have come as a surprise. I remember seeing scattered signs proclaiming “From Palestine to Ferguson” at protests in Ferguson, Mo. last year. I naively thought…



Don’t believe their hype: BDS is a marginal phenomenon

by Haya Luftig

JTA Op-Ed: July 13, 2016 5:36pmBy David Bernstein NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel began picking up steam three years ago, its proponents have brazenly declared the movement’s inevitable triumph. In April, for example, a pro-divestment group at the University of Chicago issued a statement proclaiming that by…



Why I Don’t Call Out Israel On The Occupation

by Administrator

David Bernstein Special To The Jewish Week At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations…



You Hate the Jewish Establishment But Do you Know What It Is?

by jgilad

I recently found myself in a small conference room with a number of key figures of the “American Jewish establishment.” Around the table was the chief executive of one of the major Jewish defense organizations, several high-level Federation representatives, and leaders of mainstream Israel advocacy organizations. We were not conducting a secretive strategy meeting on…



Why Dueling Camps On Israel Need Each Other

by jgilad

By David Bernstein New York (JP) — The discourse between Jewish groups that engage in traditional Israel advocacy and those that attempt to alter the Israeli government’s stance on peace and human rights leaves much to be desired. The toxic discord is sad because it pits Jew against Jew. It’s sad because it makes it…



The Jewish Community Relations Imperative

by jgilad

By David Bernstein (EJP) —  During the civil rights era and in the years in its immediate wake, Jewish community relations was widely  considered very high priority work. Jewish leaders and funders believed that the fate of the Jewish community was inextricably tied to the ascendency of other minorities and a more just American society. Buoyed…