Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

Dear Jewish community – here’s what to do now

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020 By Jeremy Burton, Josh Sayles, Lindsey Mintz And Rori Picker Neiss Forward.com As protests continue across the United States, we are witnessing at the forefront, a conversation about what the Jewish community relations field has long understood to exist under the surface: systemic racism underlies and permeates our societal structures. Policies such as housing and zoning practices,…



My Fellow Jews: Get in the Fight

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on June 1, 2020

Op-Ed by Melanie Roth Gorelick The Forward May 31, 2020 I am sure you are as outraged as I am over the murder of George Floyd during a violent arrest by police in Minneapolis. This brutality took place on the heels of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was chased and gunned down by armed white men…



Bail Reform Does Not Enable Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 27, 2020

By Zachary Katznelson and David Bernstein January 27, 2020 Jewish Week In the face of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in New York, a tempting, but ultimately false claim has been making the rounds: the New York State bail laws that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020 are to blame. The argument goes that the…



Reflections on JCPA’s Leadership Mission to Israel By Miriam Smulevitz Dant

by tgilden

  • Posted on January 6, 2020

By Miriam Smulevitz Dant Last month, I traveled to Israel on the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Israel Mission, a trip geared toward Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) lay and professional leaders.  The six day trip was jam packed from morning into night with amazing speakers covering everything from Israeli politics, culture and economy,…



Reflections on JCPA’s Leadership Mission to Israel By Carol Brick-Turin

by tgilden

  • Posted on December 27, 2019

By Carol Brick-Turin, JCRC Director of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation It is with profound gratitude to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs that I share some reflections about a unique opportunity to have engaged in a five day mission with like-hearted leadership. The week was filled with inspirational…

Ten Ways Not to Fight Antisemitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019 By eJP By David Bernstein Effectively fighting resurgent Antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum requires us to kick some old, bad habits. Here are 10 ways not to fight it: 1. Don’t fight it by using the “A word” haphazardly We should be very careful about calling an act “Antisemitism”…



We Need a Comprehensive Strategy For Fighting Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 31, 2019

By Michael Fromm The New York Jewish Week I grew up in Reading, Pa., in the late 1960s and early 1970s when it was not easy to be Jewish in a small town. Anti-Semitic bullying was an everyday reality for many Jewish kids, including me. But it was in this environment that I gained insights…



Why We Must Renew Our Commitment To The Civil Rights Movement

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 17, 2019

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | The New York Jewish Week | I am proud of the Jewish community’s record of fighting hate and standing for justice during the civil rights period. In the 1960s we had great leaders like Rabbis Joachim Prinz and Abraham Joshua Heschel who stood with Dr. Martin Luther King. There were the Freedom…

Why Communities Must Change Everything to Combat Antisemitism

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 31, 2019

By Jackie Congedo and David Bernstein The resurgence of antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in novel and sometimes deadly ways, demands that Jewish communities reevaluate priorities and create new strategies to combat it. In the latter part of the twentieth century, American Jews enjoyed a welcome respite from history. Antisemitism plummeted. Many thought…