Theodore Sasson


J Street on the Docket

By Theodore Sasson

J Street on the Docket
The Presidents Conference is supposed to represent the big Jewish tent. Will it open the flaps up a crack and let in the dovish group J Street?Read More


The Fracturing of American Jewry

By Theodore Sasson

The Fracturing of American Jewry
The recent deal with Iran showed the weakness of the American Jewish establishment, which was incapable of stopping it. Theodore Sasson think this is just the beginning.Read More


Empowerment, Then Citizenship

By Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson and Fern Chertok

One of the greatest challenges facing the Jewish community is how to engage young adults during the long stretch of life between college and parenthood. Jewish young adults want to be involved with Jewish life, but to date the community’s response has been limited, uncoordinated and lacking in clear vision. Examination of the experiences of alumni of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program offers us a window onto this problem and suggests possible ways forward.Read More






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