Contributor Archives: J.J. Goldberg

About J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg, editor at large, was the Forward’s editor in chief from 2000 to 2007. He previously served as a syndicated columnist, U.S. bureau chief of The Jerusalem Report, managing editor and New York bureau chief of the Forward, managing editor of the New York Jewish Week, editor of the magazine Jewish Frontier and metro reporter for the Los Angeles Hebrew-language newsweekly HaMevaker. His books include "Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment", and his essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Daily Beast, Salon, Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere. His writing has been honored repeatedly by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockower Awards of the American Jewish Press Association, the New York Press Association, the Deadline Club of the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations. A graduate of McGill University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has served in the past as an education specialist with the World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem, a founding member and secretary-general of Kibbutz Gezer near Tel Aviv, a sharpshooter with the Israeli Border Police Civil Guard, a New York City taxi driver and a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury. J.J. Goldberg can be reached at

The Zionist Election You Can Participate In — If Your Elbows Are Sharp

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WZO Vote Becomes Contentious Fight Over Israel’s Future Fed up with the American Jewish community and the big-mouth nobodies who think they own it? Good news: There’s going to be an election. And you can vote. No, really. An actual, honest-to-goodness election. From January 15 until April 30 you can go online, pay $10 to register and cast a vote for a delegation that will represent the Jews of America at an international convention in Jerusalem next fall. The convention, in turn, will …

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103 IDF Ex-Generals, Spy Chiefs Urge New Peace Bid


In what appears to be the largest-ever joint protest by senior Israeli security personnel, a group of 106 [corrected 103] retired generals, Mossad directors and national police commissioners has signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to “initiate a diplomatic process” based on a regional framework for peace with the Palestinians. Several of the signers told Israel’s Mako-Channel 2 News in interviews that Israel had the strength and the means to reach a two-state …

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Losing Labor: What If the Party Is Over

By J.J. Goldberg (This article first appeared in the Forward newspaper) A few summers back, I took my kids up to the Kinneret to see the first kibbutz, Degania Aleph, and to visit the lakeside cemetery where the prophets of modern Israel are buried. I wanted the children to sit for a moment beside the grave of the poet Rachel, whose love song to that lake (“…are you real, or was I dreaming?”) had lulled them to sleep since they were infants. I wanted them to pay respects to Moses Hess and …

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David Twersky, Political Journalist and Peace Activist, Dies at 60

David Twersky, a prominent Zionist activist, political journalist and peace advocate in Israel and America, died July 16 after a long illness. He was 60. In the course of more than 40 years in the public eye, Twersky was a nationally known student leader, a kibbutz member and Israel Labor Party leader, a Knesset aide, respected Israeli political analyst, Washington correspondent of the Forward and international affairs director of the American Jewish Congress. He was also a published poet and …

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Summer Vacation, But Not As Planned: Personal Reflections on Israel During the Lebanon War

       By J.J. Goldberg From the Jewish Frontier, Winter 2007 Issue Excerpted from the Introduction to the Issue Mark Seal, Editor Much has and will be written analyzing the events of this summer from military and political perspectives. We decided to take a different approach. We invited a number of individuals to share their personal stories and observations about the summer of 2006. They include rabbis, journalists and progressive Zionist activists, all who share a powerful and personal …

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