Jewish Journal

Christian Zionists and Jewish Skeptics

By Bob Goldfarb

July 27, 2010 | 9:41 am

John Hagee

Last weekend the Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was packed with 4000 supporters of Israel.  They heard from speakers like Sen. Joseph Lieberman; Elliott Abrams, deputy national... read on

  • The Other Two-State Solution

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 22, 2010 | 8:23 am

    The strife in the Middle East comes from the clashing beliefs of two peoples who both believe that the Land of Israel belongs to them.  These two peoples of course are American Jews and Israelis, whose mutual incomprehension has surfaced yet again in the controversy over the Rotem... read on

  • Bringing Light to Both Sides

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 24, 2010 | 9:02 am

    A few years ago a young woman from Stuttgart made aliyah, and in time wanted to get married in Israel.  She had immigrated with a letter from her rabbi stating that she is Jewish.  When she applied for a marriage license, however, the Israeli Rabbinate rejected her because they... read on

  • Communities of Conviction

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 11, 2010 | 10:55 am

    [This post originally appeared on eJewishPhilanthropy.com.]

    Much has been made of the deepening fissures in the Jewish community in the United States.  Lately it has been seen as a split over the legitimacy of divergent points of view about Israel, but the schism may actually be... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Aharon Appelfeld and Nicole Krauss

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 7, 2010 | 7:27 am

    More than a generation separates novelist Nicole Krauss, 36, from Aharon Appelfeld, who was born in 1932.  The author of The History of Love was born in the comfort and security of America, while the Israeli man of letters spent his childhood hiding from the Nazis among criminals. ... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Jonathan Safran Foer

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 6, 2010 | 8:17 am

    The best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer was one of the most popular speakers at the first International Writers’ Festival at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem two years ago.  Returning this year, he spoke to an overflow audience in conversation with an Israeli novelist who,... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Paul Auster and David Grossman

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 5, 2010 | 5:32 am

    Paul Auster, the prolific American novelist and screenwriter, and David Grossman, one of Israel’s premiere writers, have been close friends for more than a dozen years.  Auster told an overflowing crowd at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim last night, however, that their... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Simon Sebag Montefiore and Amos Oz

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 4, 2010 | 8:03 am

    An amiable chat between historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and novelist/essayist Amos Oz ended the first evening of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Writers’ Conference.  The pair would probably have been just as genial and entertaining no matter what they talked about, but their topics... read on

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Bob Goldfarb has been president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, based in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, since 2007.  Before getting involved with the Jewish...

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