If you're like me, you've been closely following the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas, and trying to dig out from under a flood of urgent appeals -- phone, snail mail and email -- from Jewish groups urging you to "show your support" for Israel.
Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, a senior fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), and author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013), is someone I deeply respect. However, his latest Opinion essay (“Limiting Debate on Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” The Jewish Week, Feb. 4) is a perspective that, if acted upon, has the potential to actually hurt our community.
Did a show the other night in Cherry Hill, N.J., for Jewish National Fund. No solicitation of funds before or after the performance. Just a heavy reminder that if people don’t contribute, the State of Israel will cease to exist. This is what’s known in the Jewish world as a “soft sell.”
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NEW YORK (JTA) -- More than a dozen anti-Israel protesters disrupted a presentation at the Jewish National Fund's conference in Atlanta.
Ken Stein, the director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University in Atlanta, was speaking on presenting the Jewish and Zionist side of Israel's history at a plenary session at the Intercontinental Hotel when about 15 people entered the room shouting, according to a member of the audience.