Malcolm Hoenlein’s passion for unity and anonymity has allowed him to serve as the king of the Jews for the past three decades. Now, an aggressive U.S. president - and widening splits in the American Jewish community - threaten his rule. Allison Hoffman writing in Tablet Magazine: King Without a Crown ... By day, Hoenlein is known as the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - an … [Read more...] about Malcolm Hoenlein: In Depth
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There has been a growing controversy since the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation first announced the most restrictive funding guidelines in the country. from Tablet Magazine: Academic Question San Francisco’s Federation puts new restrictions on its grants, worrying Bay Area Jewish-studies profs At first glance, an open letter published in last week’s Forward seemed like business as usual. The letter, signed by about 70 Bay … [Read more...] about Blacklisted in San Francisco
by Gary Aidekman Sometime after the publication of the National Jewish Population Survey of 1990, a sense of dread spread over many American Jews. The survey revealed a steep increase in intermarriage, and Jewish leadership grew fearful that Jewish identity would weaken and with each new generation American Jewish continuity would be at increasing risk. Perhaps without sufficient urgency or resources, the organized Jewish community, … [Read more...] about Something Odd Happened on the Way to Reviving Jewish Identity
Remembering Kent State as an American Tragedy With a Jewish Face by Jonah Lowenfeld KENT, OHIO - At 11 p.m. on May 3, a group of marchers will begin a candlelight vigil at Kent State University in Ohio to recall what is for many a distant echo from another era. The killing of four unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard during a national wave of campus protests against the Vietnam War will have its 40th anniversary this … [Read more...] about Remembering Kent State
A Funding Clash Forces Choice: Food or Identity? JDC Weighs Departing From Historic Agreement by Gal Beckerman and Jane Eisner A prolonged standoff over how to direct American Jewish funds overseas has led to a serious conflict over the community’s priorities: sustaining poor Jews around the world, or strengthening Jewish identities and ties to Israel? The debate over which of these two needs is more deserving of the dwindling dollars … [Read more...] about Is JDC Bucking the System?