'He Created A Distinctively American Zionism': Celebrating Louis Brandeis

Remembering the first Jewish Supreme Court justice who took the bench 100 years ago this month.

06/29/2016 - 15:36
Editorial Intern

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called Zionism “the most worthwhile cause” he had ever supported.

Louis Brandeis: "To be good Americans, we must be better Jews. To be better Jews, we must become Zionists." Wikimedia Commons

In Chicago, A New Synagogue Seeks Judaism Minus Zionism

08/19/2015 - 20:00

An Israeli flag next to the rabbi’s podium, a synagogue-wide Israel Independence Day celebration, a prayer for the state of Israel during services — for many, these are innocuous if not positive parts of American Jewish congregational life.

Rabbi Brant Rosen, center left, speaks during a Moral Monday’s demonstration in Chicago, Ill. in August 2105. RNS

Where Does Bernie Sanders, The Jewish Candidate For President, Stand On Israel?

08/17/2015 - 20:00

Washington – Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Aug. 14, 2015. JTA

How 'Write On For Israel' Breaks Stereotypes

05/27/2015 - 20:00

One of the goals of The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program for high school juniors and seniors is to break some of the stereotypes they’ve heard or read about regarding Israel and the Mideast conflict. It’s important for students to have an accurate picture of Israel before they head off to college, where they are likely to be challenged about Israel and its policies.

A Palestinian State In Sinai

09/08/2014 - 20:00

In 1903 the British offered Zionists a Jewish state — in Uganda. At a time of pogroms and persecution, Uganda could be a needed refuge. After much debate, the offer was rejected. After all, Zionism was not just a political dream but also a spiritual state of mind, a yearning for a return to our indigenous, biblical, spiritual home.

Liberal Zionism And Its Discontents

09/08/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rumors of the demise of liberal Zionism are rampant, fanned most recently by Antony Lerman in last weekend’s New York Times (“The End of Liberal Zionism”).

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Can Zionism Be The Answer?

A nuanced form of the Jewish state project can galvanize the community.

06/02/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Students of American Jewry often point to 1967 as a watershed in the evolution of the American Jewish community. The anxiety that American Jews felt in the weeks leading up to the Six-Day War was palpable. There was no evidence that Israel could defend itself against any concerted Arab military assault, no less a multi-front war.

Sid Schwarz

Remembering Jabotinsky On Yom Ha’Atzmaut

I am alive because of Vladimir Jabotinsky. True, I was born nearly two decades after the Revisionist Zionist leader's death, but that is a mere technicality, a wrinkle in time. 

Courtesy of Yale University Press

ZOA’s Klein Re-Elected, Fending Off Challenge From The Right

Vote was first real test for longtime president; rival cited ideological and fiduciary issues.

03/06/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Morton Klein was overwhelmingly re-elected president of the Zionist Organization of America during the organization’s convention in Philadelphia yesterday.

Klein, 66, said the landslide win was a “clear repudiation of the false and outlandish claims of my opponent, and it was a mandate for the work I do at the ZOA.”

Morton Klein

Our Dinners With Rashid

Talking to Khalidi, the Columbia professor, helped spark productive discourse.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What used to be an internal conversation about the political open-mindedness of the North American Jewish community has recently been playing out in the public sphere.

Khalidi Rashid: Has conducted a long-standing dialogue with Jewish students at Columbia University.  Wikimedia Commons
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