For 24 years, James Besser has been watching Jewish politics from up close. As the unofficial dean of the Washington Jewish media corps, the veteran reporter of the New York Jewish Week, who retired June 22, has been uniquely positioned to observe how the world of Jewish politics has changed and how, in many senses, it remained the same.
Replete with testimonies from witnesses with digitally altered appearances and electronically disguised voices, it’s a cross between a true crime show and Scared Straight. No, it’s not the latest reality TV show out of Hollywood. It’s a video called “The Price is Too High” made by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to warn young Israelis against trying to work illegally in the United States.
“There are traditional forms of anti-Semitism…. There is Holocaust denial…. There is also growing Holocaust glorification,” keynote speaker Hannah Rosenthal said at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s New York tribute dinner, held June 2 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Rosenthal, President Obama’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, addressed “Holocaust revisionism and relativism — where government agencies, museums, academic research and the like are grouping the lessons of the Holocaust with other repressive regimes.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin remembers her friend Esther Broner (center), author, activist and mother of the women’s Seder, who died June 21 at age 83.6
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