College campuses today can whiplash many young Jews with two seemingly contradictory big ideas: the importance of openness, equality and non-discrimination; and the importance of taking pride in and asserting the values that stem from one’s own cultural background. An investigation by the Forward in September demonstrated that the tension between these two principles was nowhere more evident than in Jewish fraternities. And the largest of those fraternities, AEPi, has been at the nexus of this tension.
Does the Palestinian Authority subsidize terrorists? And if so, do American funds, which help to keep the P.A. afloat, effectively do so, too?
From Madagascar to Zimbabwe, Jews, would-be Jews and thousands of Africans who are simply Jewish-curious are turning up. The phenomenon is continent-wide, and growing.
The June 27 Supreme Court decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt promised a sea change in this reality, provoking abortion rights advocates to cheer. But that was before the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to restore a conservative majority to the Supreme Court.
Many Jewish activists have rallied to the Black Lives Matter cause. But Jews have also been active within the ranks of the police, and within the halls of governments, where key policies are made—or not.
President-Elect Donald Trump’s appointment of David Friedman, a supporter of the radical right-wing settler movement in Israel, as his ambassador to the Jewish state has given a huge shot in the arm to exclusively Jewish settlements in the West Bank whose expansion up to now Washington has opposed as illegitimate and an obstacle to peace.
Former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman is viewed by many as a Jewish leader with a unique common man’s touch. But that has not hindered his twice-yearly visits, over two decades, to the exclusive Golden Door, a secluded spa on 600 acres of hills, meadows and gardens 35 miles north of San Diego, from where he spoke to the Forward by phone.
It was an overcast afternoon in New York. But in Southern California Abraham Foxman was paying one of his twice yearly visits last week to the exclusive Golden Door spa. Known as the “Jewish Pope” thanks to his 28-year leadership of the Anti-Defamation League, Foxman used, until his July 2015 retirement, to damn or pardon people for anti-Semitism. That’s no longer his job. So over the course of more than an hour, Foxman, 76, spoke from a position of distance that was not just a product of his temporary immersion in a world of massages, mountain hikes and organically grown gourmet meals. Retirement, Foxman stressed, had brought him new perspectives after decades of dealing from the inside with anti-Semitism, broader issues of bigotry and racism, and advocacy on behalf of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
For the so-called “alt-right,” Jaime Zabludovsky Kuper may seem like a ready-made stereotype. A scion of one of Mexico’s most prominent Jewish families, Zabludovsky is a longtime member of Mexico’s elite. Holder of a doctorate in economics from Yale University, he is a former under secretary for international trade negotiations and a former senior economist for Banco de México and the Mexican president’s Economics Council. Most important of all, Zabludovsky was the deputy chief negotiator for Mexico in the North American Free Trade Agreement.