Silence Amid a Famously Garrulous People

By Daniel Sokatch

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, November 2012

A culture of self-censorship regarding Israel is pervasive and detrimental in Jewish organizations. There are two factors that account for the development of this culture. First, wealthy donors have power, and some choose to use their power by making their support contingent upon an institution's actions and expressions regarding Israel. Second, many Jewish institutions describe themselves as consensus-based organizations. As disagreements between Israel and the U.S. become more pronounced, concern about a damaged consensus causes Jewish organizations to avoid serious conversations about Israel.

Topic: Censorship, Workplace, Discourse and Dialogue

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.43/No.694

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Sokatch, Daniel. Silence Amid a Famously Garrulous People. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. November 2012: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=15715


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