Jewish Journal

Gary Wexler

  • Making ourselves vulnerable to BDS — again

    June 10, 2015 | 10:10 am

    As they continue to march down their paths to success, are the strategists, creative idea makers and funders of BDS laughing at Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Adam Milstein and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach?

    Last weekend, these men led a meeting in Las Vegas that brought together the...

  • Where can I sign up for a BDS marketing course?

    February 5, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I want to sit at the feet of the BDS movement. These people, whom I fear and hate, are my marketing mentors. They’re winning. We’re losing. Look what they’ve just accomplished with the Super Bowl, Scarlett Johansson and SodaStream. Absolutely brilliant.

    They grab headlines. They...

  • Opinion: Israelis can go home again — With a better ad campaign

    December 14, 2011 | 11:51 am

    The ads calling for Israelis to return home, recently produced by the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and subsequently killed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are being criticized for all the wrong reasons.

    Exactly a year ago this month, I was invited to a meeting in...

  • What's really wrong with Israel's ad campaign

    December 7, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    The ads calling for Israelis to return home recently produced by the Israeli Ministry of Absorption and subsequently killed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being criticized for all the wrong reasons.

    Exactly a year ago this month, I was invited to a meeting in the office...

  • Getting to know my dad, again

    June 14, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    My 93-year-old father emerged as a different person when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. He became independent, assertive, interested and engaging. When my mother died in October, he even became a bit spiritual. He’s certainly not the exhausted father...

  • Dancing on edge of memories in former café space

    March 30, 2011 | 10:31 am

    There is a tiny two-block alleyway in West Los Angeles that runs on a diagonal from South Barrington Avenue east to Pico Boulevard. The backs of small industrial buildings border one side. On the other, a chain link fence shields a packinghouse or shipping service. To look at it, you...

  • Jews of the world, collaborate!

    October 13, 2010 | 10:26 am

    Can Alzheimer’s research set the tone for the future of the Jewish community?

    Gina Kolata’s lead article in the Aug. 13 issue of The New

    York Times focused on an unprecedented breakthrough in research into Alzheimer’s. This breakthrough has led to long-awaited advancements in...

  • A Response: From Sarna’s Lessons, 5 Actions

    March 4, 2009 | 1:27 pm

    Kol hakavod, as they say in Hebrew for congratulations, to professor Jonathan Sarna for his piece on the steps the American Jewish community must take in an economic downturn. His is a respected voice that hopefully our communal leadership will listen to.

    But in my experience,...

  • What we need: Philanthropreneurship

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When American Jewish leaders hear I'm consulting in Canada, they often comment that Canadian Jewry is years behind American Jewry. After several years of intensively working with the Toronto Jewish community, I'm not so sure. In fact, I see them as being ahead of us.

    Since 2001...

  • I rode on the wild side—when road rage met anti-Semitism

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I am safe on the plane now.

    On the way to Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon, I thought I was about to be murdered.

    In the run-up to a weeklong business trip, I called the car service I've been using for years to pick me up at my home. The driver arrived promptly at...

  • Labeling ourselves as ‘right’ or ‘left’ limits us

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'm not done.

  • Left-Leaning Jewish Groups Out-of-Touch Now

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is time that we American Jewish liberals who have been left leaning about our politics regarding Israel begin to review the support we give to the organizations that have been leading us.

    They are proving themselves obsolete, outdated and out-of-touch. Since the beginning of...

  • Face It:  Judaism Is Not Hip

    September 29, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    This Rosh Hashanah I am praying to escape the tyranny of hip. Hip is infiltrating Jewish life like a migrating plume of acrid smoke meandering its way through our collective body and soul.

    I know hip well. I know its insidious nature. I have seen its effect and its damage. I was...

  • Failed Joshua Venture’s Serious Failings

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Now that it has been "formally put to death and buried," as one of its grantees told me, I feel free to speak out about the Joshua Venture, a supposed breakthrough organization, subsidizing the ideas of nonprofit professionals who will be leading the next generation of Jewish life....

  • Here’s a Great Idea for a Change

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jews know well how to create an idea and implement it. In the world at large, we do it all the time in the arts, business, government or academia.

    Yet, inside our community, in those numerous meetings of Jewish organizations, more often than not, rather than creating ideas, we...

  • Visit to Another Israel

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's time we stop kidding ourselves that Israel has survived well through the last three years. The country is unraveling at the seams.

    My wife and three kids wanted to be in Israel for the winter break. We had a great time together as a family of adults, being with our Israeli...

  • When Jewish Is Too Jewish

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was in Washington, D.C., this week and had a meeting with a senior officer of the World Bank, who is from Bombay. As we ate our dinner, the conversation turned to ethnicity.

    He told me he was from the Brahman caste. I told him I was Jewish and clearly not from the Brahman caste of...

  • A Plea to Lower the Bar on Bar Mitzvahs

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I'll never forget the first bat mitzvah invitation my oldest daughter, who is now 22, received. It didn't come in the mail. It was hand delivered after dark by a lady in a fairy godmother costume, carrying a crystal wand, who rang our doorbell, singing.

    Her lyrics requested our...

  • Professional-Lay Relations Need Examining

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When people query me as to who our clients are, if the person is Jewish, I often answer, "Half our clients are Jewish organizations. And the other half are people who treat us really nicely."

    Almost always people laugh at the response. Once, however, at a Jewish event in San...

  • Defining Arab Issues in Israel

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't call us Israeli Arabs. We are not the Arabs of anyone. We are not Arab Israelis. We are not Palestinian Israelis. We are not Israeli Palestinians. We are not really Israelis. Israel doesn't see us as Israelis. We are Palestinians living in Israel."

    The fluency and literary...

  • A Lesson in Friendship

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I had met Reuven on a midnight coach in London, traveling from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport. We were the only two people on the bus. It would have been strange not to sit together, having both just flown on the same plane from Tel Aviv to London. In Jerusalem, where he lived and I had...