Jewish Values, Jewish Interests: Negotiating the Tension

By Ruth Wisse, Joy Levitt, Steven M. Cohen

Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), December 5, 2011

On December 5th, 2011, Prof. Ruth Wisse and Rabbi Joy Levitt joined BJPA Director Prof. Steven M. Cohen at the NYU Law School for a wide-ranging, passionate, broad discussion of how the Jewish community should relate to the outside world.

After a brief ceremony honoring Gail Chalew for her 20+ years as editor of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service(the digitization of which on BJPA was the impetus for this event, which was cosponsored by the JCSA), Rabbi Levitt spoke of her decisions, as Executive Director of the JCC in Manhattan, to reach out to non-Jewish poor and minority communities, as well as the Muslim community leaders affiliated with the Cordoba Center / Park 51 "Ground Zero mosque" now known as Prayer Space. Prof. Wisse spoke of Israel under attack and an American Jewish community lacking in moral confidence, and judging Judaism based on liberal standards instead of liberalism based on Jewish standards. Prof. Cohen acted as moderator, but without setting aside his own positions on the issues.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Antisemitism, Community Relations, Discourse and Dialogue, Students, Values, Zionism, Political Behavior, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, International Relations, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Liberalism, Social Justice, Communal Responsibility, Anti-Israel Sentiment, Conservatism, Israeli-Arab Conflict, Politics, Community Centers, Morality, Anti-Zionism, Intermarriage, Ethics, Neoconservatism, Jewish-Muslim Relations

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Language: English

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Wisse, Ruth. Levitt, Joy. Cohen, Steven M. Jewish Values, Jewish Interests: Negotiating the Tension. Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA),Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 5 December 2011:


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