J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy Goldberg is Editor-at-Large of the newspaper The Forward,[1] where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007). He served in the past as U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine Jerusalem Report, managing editor of The Jewish Week of New York, as a nationally syndicated columnist in Jewish weeklies, as editor in chief of the Labor Zionist monthly Jewish Frontier, as world/national news editor of the daily Home News (now the Home News Tribune) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and as a metro/police-beat reporter for Hamevaker, a short-lived Hebrew-language newsweekly published for the Israeli émigré community in Los Angeles.

Goldberg is the author of Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment, published in 1996. His previous books include Builders and Dreamers (1993) and The Jewish Americans (1992).

Goldberg was born in New York City and raised in Massapequa, Long Island, until age 13, when he moved with his family to Washington, D.C.. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School he moved to New York City in the winter of 1967, working in a picture-frame factory. He enrolled in McGill University in 1968, after spending a year on the Habonim Workshop at Kibbutz Urim in the Negev. At McGill he was active in the Student Zionist Organization, and was an editor of its weekly campus newspaper, Otherstand. He became active in left-wing student Jewish causes nationally in the U.S. and Canada, including the Radical Zionist Alliance and the North American Jewish Students Network, where he was elected to the steering committee in 1970.

Before entering journalism, Goldberg lived and worked in Israel through much of the 1970s. He served as an education specialist at the World Zionist Organization and was a member of the founding Gar’in (settlement group) of Kibbutz Gezer, near Tel Aviv, where he served a term as the kibbutz secretary-general. He has worked in the past as a taxi driver in New York City, a Jewish communal worker in Los Angeles and a construction laborer in Israel.

He earned a master?s degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1985 and a B.A. in Jewish studies and Islamic studies at McGill University in 1972, along with certificates in film animation from the School of Visual Arts and in kibbutz supply purchasing from the Ruppin Institute (now the Ruppin Academic Center) near Hadera.

He has served as a member of the central committees of the Ihud HaKvutzot VeHaKibbutzim Federation, the Israel Labor Party Young Guard and Habonim (now Habonim Dror), and was a sharpshooter in the Israel Border Police civil guard.

How To Love Israel — While Fighting Like Cats and Dogs About What That Means

Once a symbol of unity, Israel has become one of the most divisive issues in American Jewish community life. J.J. Goldberg asks: Can we all love Israel even while fighting about it?

In Stealth Move, Congress Backs Israeli Right's War on Settlement Boycotts

A Congressional push to combat anti-Israel boycotts also seeks to bar protests against the settlements. J.J. Goldberg explores how lawmakers are ignoring U.S. policy in their zeal to embrace the Israeli right.

On Iran, a Divide That Goes Beyond Bibi and Obama

Much has been made of Benjamin Netanyahu’s alliance with American conservatives on Iran. J.J. Goldberg breaks down the lesser-known ties between the White House and Israeli generals.

Loyal Enough?: Congressman Steve Israel has been accused of not being devoted enough to Israel.

Are American Jews Too Loyal — to the Democrats?

Tensions between the U.S. and Israel have boiled over before. J.J. Goldberg explains why it’s different when a liberal Democrat is the one in the White House.

Jews Souring on Obama — Bad News for Hillary?

President Obama’s approval advantage among American Jews has dipped to its lowest point since he took office. Is that a warning signal for Hillary Clinton?

Bibi vs. Sharon on Bush's Iraq Debacle

J.J. Goldberg digs deeper into the conflicting roles that Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon played in George W. Bush’s disastrous war in Iraq — and what it means for Iran today.

4 Questions on Iran for Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu is full of disdain for the nuclear deal with Iran, even though it’s packed with concessions. J.J. Goldberg asks why Israel’s leader finds it so hard to accept a big win.

George W. Bush prepares to address the Knesset as Benjamin Netanyahu speaks.

How Bibi and Bush Made a Mess of the Middle East

It’s hard to understand the tangled web of chaos in the Middle East, writes J.J. Goldberg. Until you go back to two men whose misplaced obsession with Saddam Hussein created the mess.

Irreconcilable Differences?: Obama and Netanyahu, from the days when they were talking to each other.

Between Obama and Netanyahu, It's Personal

As the rift between President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu grows wider, J.J. Goldberg stops to ask how much is the result of policy differences and how much is simply personal.

Will Ed Miliband Be Britain's First Jewish Premier?

Britain is headed for an election that looks like a tight contest between David Cameron and challenger Ed Miliband, who would become the first Jewish prime minister.