Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

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 orlandosentinel.com 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 Jewishaz.com 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 jewishweek.timesofisrael.com 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 jweekly.com “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 jewishweek.timesofisrael.com 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…



Why it’s time to Strengthen Jewish Community Relations

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 7, 2019

By David Brown and David Bernstein ejewishphilanthropy.com In light of the dizzying array of controversies experienced by the Jewish community, most recently the flack over anti-Semitism among leaders of the Women’s March, we are more convinced than ever that the Jewish community must strengthen its community relations capacity. Last year, the Jewish Federations of North…



On Countering Anti-Semitism, Fight Or Join Critics? Yes.

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 21, 2019

New York Jewish Week By David Bernstein January 21, 2019, 11:47 am The lead up to the Women’s March held last Saturday exposed yet another rift in the American Jewish body politic. In the face of the controversy over March founders Tamika Mallory’s and Linda Sarsour’s associations with Louis Farrakhan and their various pronouncements on…



The Big Hug: Impressions from JCPA’s 2018 Mission to Israel

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | “The Big Hug” is how I sum up our JCPA2018 Mission to Israel because wherever we went we were embraced. Our 19-person delegation (including eight from St. Louis) ventured to Israel to take the temperature of the two-state outcome, assess the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and study issues…