Author Archives: Ben S

What Israel Can Do for You Post-Birthright

By: Jeff Seidel Since 1999, the educational program bringing young Jews (18-26) from all over the world to discover their heritage and homeland is the well-known Taglit-Birthright. A free 10-day tour of the Jewish state, the student participants either went on to please their parents and grandparents or bragged about to their friends. Today, Taglit-Birthright is just the tip of the iceberg for the […]

The Movement Bringing Islam into the 21st Century

By: Jeff Seidel Earlier this month, the Jeff Seidel Student Center was involved with a student mission to Poland. We visited concentration camps and other sites relating to the Shoah (Holocaust) and the Jewish People. While my goal was to help guide these students through an unimaginable period, I myself learned a great deal. Not so much on the topic of the Shoah, […]

Bringing More Than Just Football

By: Jeff Seidel   In these last few days, American Jews in Israel have been welcoming a little bit of our past lives back into our Aliyah living. Steve Leibowitz (founder of American Football Israel), Robert Kraft (owner of the New England Patriots), and Yonah Mishaan (American Football Israel Trustee) have brought to us “Touchdown in Israel II,” a […]

American Jews Still Reeling From Rise In Anti-Semitism After Israel-Hamas Conflict, Survey Shows

By: Jemima McEvoy    Weeks after the end of the deadly fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas leaders, American Jews are more concerned about their safety and say they are witnessing anti-Semitism at a dramatically increased rate, according to the results of an anti-Defamation League survey published Monday.      KEY FACTS The survey […]

‘I am not anti-Semitic,’ says Ben & Jerry’s board chair amid boycott controversy

By BEN SALES JTA — One week after Ben & Jerry’s announced that it would stop selling ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the company’s board chair for the first time publicly rejected the suggestion that the move was antisemitic. Meanwhile, the brand’s parent company, Unilever, disavowed the movement to boycott Israel. The disavowal comes […]

Seventy-Five Years After Auschwitz, Anti-Semitism Is on the Rise

By: Walter Reich On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. The date is now consecrated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as the world vowed never to allow murderous anti-Semitism to recur. Yet 75 years later, attacking Jews has once again become socially acceptable in many countries—across the left-right ideological spectrum, and among different groups […]

The Black and Jewish Communities Must Unite; But Black Leaders Must Fight Antisemitism

“So you’re that ni**er lover that wants to tell us what to do with all our ni**ers in Mississippi?” Those were the last words that a Klansman said to Mickey Schwerner before shooting him in the head at point blank range. The shot was fired just after the killing of fellow Jew Andrew Goodman and […]