Jewish Journal

  • UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: “The New Anti-Semitism is a Virus”

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 22, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    The new anti-Semitism, in the view of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, is not a resurgence of the centuries-old hatred of Jews.  For one thing, it is not aimed at individual Jews, but rather against Jews living as a nation in their own land: it is anti-Zionism.  For another, it draws... read on

  • “Arab Spring”: Is it Good for the Jews?

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 22, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    Speaking on the second day of this year’s Israeli Presidential Conference, the brilliant historian Niall Ferguson demurred from the widespread embrace of the “Arab Spring.” For one thing, he believes its name is a misnomer.  It is patterned after the “Prague Spring” and the... read on

  • Sarah Silverman Steals the Show at Israeli Presidential Conference

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 21, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    The kickoff session at the Third Israeli Presidential Conference may have surprised even its organizers.  Sarah Silverman, irreverence personified, stole the show with her unexpectedly serious and specific ideas about current issues.  Her spontaneous “Recipe for a Better... read on

  • Facing Tomorrow

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 20, 2011 | 12:01 am

    Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, Binyanei HaUmma, will be packed this week for the Third Israeli Presidential Conference.  Two years ago Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, convened leading figures in science, politics, technology, religion, economics, culture, philosophy... read on

  • Terror Returns to Jerusalem

    By Bob Goldfarb

    March 23, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    Around noon today I passed through the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, as I often do.  A lot of people do.  It’s part of a large transportation hub that also includes many local bus stops at the nearby convention center, Binyanei HaUmma.  Just a few hours after I was there, a... read on

  • Life Imitates Art

    By Bob Goldfarb

    December 22, 2010 | 1:21 pm

    The veteran social commentator and academic Todd Gitlin wrote for Tablet recently about a visit to East Jerusalem.  In the course of the piece he confessed, “I felt like an invader, ashamed of myself.”  His remark uncannily echoes the fictional Samuel Finkler, the title character... read on

  • Jews Confronting Jews

    By Bob Goldfarb

    December 10, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    Roger Cohen closes his latest op-ed column with a rhetorical question that is on the minds of a lot of American Jews.  He quotes a 24-year-old man who asks, “Why is it poisoning minds to encourage [young Jews] to think critically about the actions of the Israeli government?” ... 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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