Ruth Messinger is the former borough president of Manhattan, and a social justice consultant to several Jewish organizations.
By Ruth Messinger
The ADL is wrong to attack the NYT’s brave investigative reporting on Hasidic yeshivas
Saying these articles contribute to antisemitism is the ultimate case of blaming the messenger
Why all American Jews should care about New York’s mayoral election
More than 30 people are running to be the next mayor of New York City, including a former Democratic presidential hopeful, several candidates with years of service in city government, and more than a few unknown longshots. Trying to follow the race, especially as it debuts a new experiment in ranked-choice voting, can be dizzying…
The Trump Administration’s Discriminatory Policies Are Harming The Most Vulnerable Children
The nation’s 450,000 children in foster care all deserve loving families — but a slate of recent “religious freedom” policies threatens to make it even harder for our nation’s most vulnerable kids to find safe and loving homes. That’s why the bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act — reintroduced by Reps. John Lewis and…
Ruth Messinger: Jewish Organizations Are Way Behind On Gender Equity
Many years ago, when I was in government, Mario Cuomo, then New York’s Governor announced the “Year of the Woman”; we joked that what we needed was not one year but as many years as it would take to realize full gender equality. It did not happen then, and it has not happened yet, despite…
Ruth Messinger: We Must Continue To Resist
“America has established for itself a tradition of fine, open-handed generosity in its response to appeals for help that come from beyond its borders. The respect for human rights, the understanding of the dignity of the individual, the reverence for personality, which are part of the American way of looking at life, carry with them…
How I Remember Mario Cuomo
In my many years of public service, the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo stands out as a powerful figure who made his mark with both his mind and his words. A distinguished leader of the state for 12 years, Cuomo was a moving progressive thinker and a brilliant orator. His intelligent and compelling speeches…
Don’t Sign Uganda Anti-Gay Law
The following is an open letter to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Dear President Museveni: This week I received a call for help from your people that I cannot ignore. My lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends and colleagues in Uganda are frightened, and I am concerned that they have every reason to be. Over the…
Anne Heyman’s Remarkable Life of Service
Anne Heyman put together a life of immense complexity with apparent ease because she knew who she was, what she cared about and what she wanted to accomplish. Anne loved her family passionately and cared tremendously that her children grow up with a global perspective and with the capacity to care for others. She was…
The college is Christian. Its point guard wears a yarmulke.
Conservative synagogue makes history with hiring of Hebrew Israelite clergy
George Santos covered ‘Hallelujah’ — it’s been through worse
News Quiz: Test your knowledge of Ilhan Omar and anti-antisemitism billboards
In Case You Missed It
Oregon university that fired professor who reported antisemitic incidents settles with him for $1M
Was this Ohio magistrate fired for being Jewish? A federal jury said yes.
Soviet Jewry protest leaders in San Francisco secretly recruited help from Jews for Jesus, FBI file says
קאַרטון: שווער צו זײַן אַ ייִדCARTOON: Who said life was a bowl of cherries?
לעסלי טערנערס קאַרטון דערמאָנט אונדז אַז נישט אַלץ אין לעבן איז יושרדיק.