Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

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…



Where Did All the Non-Jewish Leaders Come from at Our Vigils?

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 5, 2018

By Rabbi Doug Kahn | eJewishPhilanthropy |  Dozens of interfaith vigils were held in communities and on college campuses around the country to mourn the 11 Jews murdered at Shabbatservices in Pittsburgh and to proclaim “no more hate.” They were organized on short notice with synagogues, Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs), federations, JCCs, JFCS’s, Hillels and…



Opinion: In Pittsburgh, the very idea of America failed

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 2, 2018

By Shep Englander and Jackie Congedo | Cincinnati.com | It’s the summer of 1790 and then-President George Washington has just returned from visiting Yeshuat Israel, the first Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. He pens a 340-word letter – a pledge to the Jewish people as a religious minority: “The government of the United States, which gives to…



We Are Commanded to Care

by tgilden

  • Posted on October 15, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | As we finish dancing on Simcha Torah and begin reading Bereishit, we are reminded to love thy neighbor as we would ourselves. The commandment to love thy neighbor not only applies to the person next to us, but extends to all those living in our community and society. We are…



Our Trip to the Border

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President & Tammy Gilden, Senior Policy Associate | Last week, we traveled to both San Diego and Tijuana to learn firsthand about our nation’s immigration crisis as part of a Jewish Leadership Border Mission, led by HIAS and ADL. Participants on the mission met with the Mexican Consul General, immigration…



How American Jews Can Help End The Arab-Israel Conflict

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 14, 2018

By Cheryl Fishbein New York Jewish Week March 13, 2018, 5:35 pm I recently returned from a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations trip to the United Arab Emirates and Israel. I came away with one sweeping conclusion: The Arab-Israel conflict, as we once knew it, is over. You read that right. Notwithstanding a…