Category Archives: Jewish Identity

Why Myers Should Stay

In commenting on the controversy surrounding Professor David Myers, the newly hired president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History (CJH), Gary Rosenblatt concluded that, “Unfortunately, in the current toxic political climate … it is normative behavior for those …

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Progressive Visions for a Zionist Future

I am a Jew. I am a Zionist. I am a Feminist. I am a Socialist. I believe in the innate value of every human being.   These facets of my identity are not contradictory. They exist within me as …

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Reform Judaism’s True Mission at the Western Wall

Yudith Oppenheimer is Executive Director of Ir Amim. July 2, 2017 — The Israeli government’s disavowal of the Western Wall plan is a deplorable instance of the Israeli government yielding to forceful religious dictates – a decision harmful to broad groups …

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I’m Voting NO to BDS because it doesn’t actually help Palestine

I am pro-Palestinian. I 100 per cent believe that Palestinians have the right to self-determination and, most importantly, their dignity — which as of right now is unfortunately not always the case. I am also vehemently opposed to BDS. Now …

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Why it no longer matters whether Jews are White

Almost a year ago, I was in Israel with strangers who quickly became friends, as Israel trips always go. We were sitting in our hotel room in Jerusam, and somehow the topic came up of whether we, a group of …

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From tragedy to opportunity: Noa’s 6 ideas for ‘tikkun olam’

I was born in Israel but grew up in the United States. As a child of immigrants in a different era, the US gave me and my family citizenship, and opportunities we never could have dreamed of in Israel as …

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Mira Sucharov on ‘Israel and Canadian Jews’

Mira Sucharov, a Canadian member of the Ameinu board, is an associate professor of political science at Carleton University, Ottawa, and a columnist with Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.  The following is an abridged version of her article in the Autumn 2016 issue …

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Hannah Arendt Documentary — Enlightening but Incomplete

How is it that seemingly sane 20th century individuals, brought up in a supposedly civilized Western country, could come to epitomize pure evil?  Such, in part, is the question that the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt attempted to answer …

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Roger Cohen on Left Anti-Semitism

The NY Times columnist, Roger Cohen, has at times drawn criticism for his liberal critique of Israeli policies regarding the Palestinians, but he has also long made it clear that he cares about Israel’s security and its wellbeing as a homeland for …

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Phil Weiss following Paris terror: ‘Zionism’ root of all evil

Phil Weiss writes on Nov. 15 in his anti-Israel publication “Mondoweiss,” responding to the attacks on Paris, that “The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism.”  Weirdly, this Harvard-educated and experienced journalist/polemicist …

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