Category Archive for: The Fix

Eight Challenges for Community Relations in the Wake of the Election

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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

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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

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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…



Compatible Impulses

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We all love to cite the great sage Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” I doubt there’s a quote in the Jewish cannon that better captures the essence of Jewish community relations. The first statement…



The Dilemmas of Fighting Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

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

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

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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…



What you need to know: Israel’s Coalition Government

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What you need to know: Israel’s Coalition Government “I know what you’re thinking about,” said Tweedledum; “but it isn’t so, nohow.” “Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” From Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll…



Cheryl Fishbein, New York Jewish Leader, Elected as Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs

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Washington, D.C. – Delegates to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) annual Plenum elected Cheryl Fishbein as the organization’s new Chair. Cheryl previously served as JCPA Vice Chair and Co-Chair of its Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights Task Force. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations…