BEWARE OF BDS ‘GASLIGHTING’

On Nov. 13, the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) kindly honoured me with the first-place designation of the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary. This accolade, part of the 36th annual Simon Rockower Awards, was for three CJN articles I wrote last year: “BDS: bullying, demonization and slander,” “Let’s

BIRTHRIGHT WON’T CHANGE YOUR POLITICS, BUT IT FEEDS YOUR SOUL

In his charming, candid memoir Distilled, the indomitable Charles Bronfman describes an unlikely partnership with a gruff, self-made billionaire named Michael Steinhardt. Both consider themselves “culturally Jewish.” Together, they helped launch what critics initially dismissed as “Bronfman’s Blunder and Steinhardt’s Stupidity.” The program was Taglit-Birthright Israel, a Jewish-identity-building game-changer, which recently brought

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ON CAMPUS

I just visited five North American universities in a week, stretching from McGill in Montreal toUniversity of Victoria. I discovered more good news – and bad news – than I expected.
First, the good news: I met bright, passionate, thoughtful, committed Jewish students who care about each other, Judaism, Israel and

BE READY TO DEFEND ISRAEL ON CAMPUS

The new school year is approaching.  Jewish students are returning to campus or starting their university adventure. Unfortunately, rather than simply celebrating, we also must gird for another fight over the nefarious movement to boycott democratic Israel.
While this remains a golden age for Jews on campus, with Jews feeling