Travel: Bluffworks Pants

Travel pants are useful. I was looking for pants that would: Be washable; Resist wrinkles; Have pockets designed to foil pickpockets; Look presentable in the city (I wasn’t looking for pants I could only wear on safari.) The best travel pants I’ve found are from BluffWorks in New York City. Bluff Works pants are the […]

All about the Benjamins?

Sam Goldman, assistant professor of political science and executive director at the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University, writing in The Washington Post: History suggests that the United States’ sustained and often enthusiastic support for Zionism and the State of Israel is not a product of Jewish influence. On the contrary, it […]

Celebrating Judaism in the Face of Antisemitism

Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting. In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. […]

Jeff Bezos: Defender of a Free Press

The most interesting part of Jeff Bezos’s February 7, 2019 piece on Medium is in parentheses: (Even though The [Washington] Post is a complexifier for me, I do not at all regret my investment. The Post is a critical institution with a critical mission. My stewardship of The Post and my support of its mission, which […]

Podcast: BBC’s HARDtalk Tackles Rising Antisemitism

HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Pinchas Goldschmidt, the Swiss-born Chief Rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference of European Rabbis on the subject of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. Rabbi Goldschmidt explains that: Antisemitism is back in vogue; There has been a decline in Europe’s Jewish population from 2 million to […]

Why Blog? ‘You just might want to say hello’

The late Nora Ephron writing on HuffPost in 2006: [G]etting heard outside the world of blogs occasionally requires that you have something to say. And one of the most delicious things about the profoundly parasitical world of blogs is that you don’t have to have anything much to say. Or you just have to have […]

Yale History Professor Puts the ‘Alt-Right’ in Historical Perspective

Yale history professor Timothy Snyder writing in The New York Times: When the supporters of the alt-right chant that “Jews will not replace us,” they recapitulate the Nazi idea of a world Jewry that stifles the master race and must therefore be removed from the planet. When they shout “Blood and soil,” they repeat a Nazi slogan […]

Denver couple dedicated to photographing Holocaust survivors

The Denver Post reports that John and Amy Israel Pregulman of Denver have a passion for photographing Holocaust survivors. Over five years, they have photographed 735 survivors in 36 cities, including some living in other countries. These photos only go to the survivors. They are not displayed in a museum or on a website. They simply […]

Atlanta Civil Rights Center Names New Director

The Atlanta Constitution reports that Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights has named Jill Savitt as its new chief executive officer. Savitt is currently acting director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has 20 years of experience as a human rights advocate. Savitt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa […]

Holocaust Museum Director: “The unthinkable is always possible”

Sara Bloomfield, the Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was interviewed by United Nations (UN) News for Holocaust Remembrance Day. She explains the mission of the Museum and its work with UN. Bloomfield has led the museum for 18 years, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the […]