This week: In a new editorial, David Regenspan argues that Reform Judaism’s preoccupation with Zionism has come at the expense of developing its own religious identity.
For the newsletter, senior reporter Alex Kane and associate editor Mari Cohen explore why progressive members of the New York State Assembly have come out against a bill that would ban tax-deductible donations to Israeli settlements. And Mari Cohen does a deep dive on President Biden’s new plan to fight antisemitism.
Reform Judaism Needs an Identity Beyond Israel
A major conference proposes to “re-charge” the movement by strengthening ties to the Jewish state, neglecting an opportunity to develop its unique religious vision.
Why Are Progressive Legislators Opposing New York’s First Anti-Settlement Bill?
The “Not on our dime” act would ban tax-deductible donations to Israeli settlements, but centrists and progressives alike say the proposed law is “a ploy to demonize” Jewish nonprofits.
Alex Kane and Mari Cohen
National Plan Reflects the Debate Over Antisemitism
While generally promising more of the same, the Biden plan signaled in multiple ways that progressive groups have succeeded in making Jewish politics a contested space.