Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

The Dilemmas of Fighting Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 18, 2016

To go public or not? Whenever someone does or says something anti-Semitic or anti-Israel or both, we face a quandary: should we speak out or hold our tongue?   One school of thought says “sunlight is the best disinfectant” and that we must always publicly condemn such actions and statements, lest we allow such sentiments to…



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

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 14, 2016

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

  • Posted on July 6, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on April 7, 2016

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

  • Posted on April 7, 2016

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…



Frank Fellows Reflection

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 2, 2016

By Deborah Price On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named…



A “Purple State Strategy” for Jewish Community Relations

by Administrator

  • Posted on January 12, 2016

With growing challenges to Israel’s legitimacy and American pluralism, we need now, more than ever, a strong and focused Jewish community relations movement. In the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, much of the Jewish community viewed the community relations agenda – public advocacy and relationship-building on behalf of the Jewish community – as central to…



The anti-Israel trend you’ve never heard of

by Administrator

  • Posted on January 4, 2016

NEW YORK (JTA) — If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression. Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an…