Jewish identity has always been subject to gatekeeping. The question “Who is a Jew?” is answered with another question: “Who is the gatekeeper?”
The position of the half-Jew is unique: One side is rejected by traditionalists, and the other by anti-Semites.
Although most people who read Yiddish today are from the Hasidic community, our goal is to attract Yiddish devotees of all stripes.
It was a Friday night in mid-August, and about a dozen Jews, most under 30, congregated around a coffee table in Nashville.
For young Jews, simply being a “member of the tribe” doesn’t seem to mean all that much.
There is a European identity. Instead of kids feeling alienated by being away from home, my son’s school encourages the sense that they’re all part of one community.
Read the groundbreaking report by Josh Nathan-Kazis. His writing is personal, investigative, and mischievous: My Spanish Inquisition – A Reporter Exercises His Right of Return.
Is day school the only way to instill a sense of Jewish identity? Jordana Horn doesn’t think so — and she lays out her secrets of a good Jewish education.
Shimon Peres apparently thought when he convened his Israeli Presidential Conference this week in Jerusalem that he could bring together several hundred cutting-edge thinkers and doers in the fields of technology, economics, international relations and Jewish thought to interact, share, clash and perhaps create something new, with a few thousand bright people sitting on the sidelines to listen and kibitz and add their own wisdom. From what I could gather, he was about half right.
Speaking to this week’s grandiosely named “Conference on the Future of the Jewish People,” convened by the equally grandiosely (and tongue-twistingly) named Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that he identifies as a Jew first, and an Israeli second.