Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

How to put the brakes on draconian state laws banning abortion

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 23, 2019

By Lori Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International | Washington Jewish Week | Eighty-three percent of American Jews say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the Pew Research Forum found. And yet, women’s reproductive health care is under attack like never before — and women’s lives hang in the balance. The torrent…

Review Shows Times’ Institutional Bias Against Israel

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 15, 2019

By David Bernstein May 14, 2019 New York Jewish Week I did not grow up in New York City, but, like so many American Jews, I grew up reading The New York Times. The Times has long served as the “hometown paper of American Jewry.” It is the newspaper we love and, in our vulnerability…

Seventy-Five Years Later, National-Local Jewish Community Relations Still Key to Jewish Wellbeing

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 13, 2019

By Larry Rubin, JCPA chief professional, 1990-2000; Hannah Rosenthal, JCPA chief professional, 2000-2004; Steve Gutow, JCPA chief professional, 2004-2015; David Bernstein, JCPA chief professional, 2016-Present Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), an organization each of us has had the honor of serving as the chief executive, it’s a…

Fighting Anti-Semitism Isn’t Just About Jews. It Kills Non-Jews, Too.

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 11, 2019

By Rori Picker Neiss Forward Anti-Semitism kills. Racism kills. Islamophobia kills. Homophobia kills. Bigotry kills. Each of these forms of bias uproots lives, devastates families, and destroys dreams. They kill violently and they kill painfully. Most shockingly of all, they kill indiscriminately. As a Jewish community, we fight anti-Semitism not only to protect ourselves, and not only to protect…

An open letter to my non-Jewish friends

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 8, 2019

By Ben Friedman To my progressive, non-Jewish friends: Let me start out by saying that nobody has to convince me that some of the people blasting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for making anti-Semitic remarks are operating in bad faith — I already know that. I have publicly come to the defense of those whom I believed…

We’ll Never Be Royals

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By Abby Michelson-Porth Sh’ma Magazine/Forward The foundational creed of Judaism aligns magnificently with that of America. Where the Jewish creed rests in an individual’s relationship to God, and in one’s deeds, justice, fairness, and the utilitarian good, the American creed is devoted to individual liberty, self-government, equal opportunity, and sovereign states’ belonging to a union. Similarly…

Jewish communal public diplomacy

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By Paul Rockower Throughout my career, I have been a practitioner of public diplomacy. I did so as a press officer for the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, directing media and public diplomacy outreach across a five-state region during the Second Intifada and Gaza Disengagement. More recently, I have run State Department cultural…

Why We Must Rehabilitate Anti-Semites

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By David Bernstein When newly elected Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island-Brooklyn) first joined the army, he met people who never came across a Jew and thought Jews had horns, he told a gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Private Rose didn’t issue a written condemnation, seeking to ruin their careers. He gently…

Embracing Kahanist extremism crosses a red line

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 25, 2019

By Doug Kahn “Banned in 1988, assassinated in 1990, mainstreamed in 2019: Kahane lives” was the headline atop a recent Times of Israel blog that commented on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appalling decision to broker a deal aimed at bringing a racist and extremist party into his coalition government. For 50 years, I have taken on…

Why I’m A Litmus-Test Minimalist

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 19, 2019

By David Bernstein The Jewish community is beset with litmus-test fever. We obsess over whom not to engage, whom not to meet with and whom never to touch with a 10-foot pole. It’s an affliction of both the right and the left. And they, by the way, don’t speak to each other. Many on the Jewish…