Criticism Against Israel Amazingly Disproportionate

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most protracted battles in modern history — the Battle of Verdun. In February 1916, a year and a half after the beginning of World War I, in an effort to break a stalemate, the German armies launched an attack on French positions at… Read More

A New Kind of ‘Safety’ School

On March 31, a number of colleges announced their admissions decisions for the class of 2020. As colleges and students seek the best fit, I have suggestions for both that take account of rising campus anti-Semitism. For those who haven’t been watching, anti-Semitism is back in fashion at an increasing number of American universities. Some… Read More

Passover a Reminder to Live a Life of Purpose


I’ve had the wonderful privilege of meeting thousands of people from all different faith backgrounds out on the campaign trail. It’s been both a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. At every event, I try to convey that I have a realistic plan to get people back to work and keep our country safe. But it’s even… Read More

Fighting Oppression, Inequality and Injustice on Passover

(Renee Jones Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

I didn’t grow up celebrating Pesach. But over the years, I’ve attended seders where I was inspired by the remarkable story told in the haggadah — a tale of a people who, sustained by fortitude and faith, escaped slavery and reached their freedom. As Jewish people around the world prepare for this festival,  I wanted… Read More

Conversions Ruling Is Israeli Religious Freedom Victory

The Israeli Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on conversion is a truly historic decision — for Israeli and American Jewry. While the case only concerns a few individuals, the general rules and unequivocal language have wide significance for both Israeli and American Jewry. The ruling represents another blow to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on… Read More

Trump’s AIPAC Speech Brings Respect Within


There was a great deal of buzz and discussion at this year’s annual AIPAC conference about what to do when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed up. The controversy centered on whether it was right to invite him or not in light of all the insidious comments and disparaging remarks about minorities he has made…. Read More

Join the Conversation


Last year, I was honored to be accepted as a Schusterman Fellow through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This international leadership development program is  designed for individuals who are committed to growing their  capacity to exercise leadership in the Jewish sector. The foundation invests significant  resources in their fellows with the goal of… Read More

A Pinterest Passover Prepares No Memories

Michelle Ostroff

My family has a Passover recipe folder. Whoever is hosting the Seder is the keeper of the folder. Last year, when I was talking to a friend about our Seders and asked how she would be preparing her menu, she said, ìI’m just going on Pinterest. You can search ëPassover’ and get tons of recipes.î… Read More

Stand Up for Police Reform

When my great-uncle was a child in 1910s Poland, not yet bar mitzvah age, a police officer spit at him in the street and called him a dirty Jew. That story makes me angry and reminds me that the anti-Semitism our people faced was not casual or personal, but a constant threat of violence. Today,… Read More

A House Divided Against Itself …

A Jewish day school education combined with my participation in a “Labor-Zionist” youth movement has afforded me an interesting perspective. Attending the AIPAC Policy Conference with Beth Tfiloh, knowing that some of my fellow youth movement members stood outside campaigning to “#DumpAIPAC,” left me struggling to define my place between these two worlds. I support… Read More