Take it to the streets

By Elke Weiss, May 7, 2014

Last summer, my Indian friend “Adam” invited me to attend a public Bhagra Punjabi folk dance festival, held in the beautiful World Financial Center Plaza. It was an incredible experience to see people from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Kashmir in their magnificent traditional clothing, dancing together with grace and joy. As I was happily dancing [...]

Israel Under Fire

By Sharone Levinson, September 10, 2013


Jerusalem & its Jewish Ties

By Sharone Levinson, September 10, 2013


Syria’s Grim Future

By James Legee, March 11, 2013

March marks the grim two-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war.  Recent figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights put the death toll at a staggering 70,000 and there are nearly 1 million refugees.  The bloody civil war has pit a loose alliance of rebels against the nation’s long seated Assad family, [...]

Teaching Hate and Seeing Violence is no Recipe for Peace

By James Legee, February 4, 2013

For the last few years I’ve had the privilege and tremendous responsibility of working in civic education.  Teaching involves more than just facts or formulas, but an effort to shape the intellect and work to better the soul of one’s students.  My goal was never to foist my views, but to challenge students on their [...]

Democracy is Difficult and Wonderful

By John Michaelson, January 28, 2013

Making sense of Israel’s election results is difficult, even for Israelis.  Israelis certainly find it bewildering and they’ve lived with the process their entire lives.  American outsiders looking in find it inscrutable.  Despite their difference in appearance, Israeli and American democracy share the same goals: to reflect the voices of the people, but to restrain [...]

“Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?”

By John Michaelson, January 21, 2013

Clearly, this is a fraught time in Israel-Palestinian relations.  A third intifada may not happen, but violence is increasing.  Abbas– unable to achieve his goals despite grandstanding at the UN– is threatening to resign and let the Palestinian Authority fall apart (or fall to Hamas).  Many blame Israeli intransigence.  Settlements are the issue, some say.  [...]

Tools of the Sheikh

By John Michaelson, January 4, 2013

Much is being made of Al-Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s television channel, Current TV. Current TV was created by Gore and businessman friend Joel Hyatt. The channel was unabashedly progressive and specifically aimed at a young market. Though it was intended to revolutionize television, Current TV not only failed to change television, but it also [...]

A Terrible, Wonderful, Violent, Peaceful Year

By John Michaelson, December 31, 2012

What a year! What a terrible, wonderful, violent, peaceful year! Parts of the world are moving in slow motion, while other parts are moving too fast for us to grasp.  Israel’s neighbors are caught in a maelstrom of change.  The Arab Spring is a poisoned pill for Israel: the fall of the old despots held [...]

Enough is Enough!

By John Michaelson, November 30, 2012

It is time for action! The time has come to stand tall and fight for Israel!  In the past year, 157 different anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli organizations have joined forces to intimidate Israel’s friends in the United States and throughout the world.  They have used social media to organize high profile campaigns dedicated to tarring Israel [...]