May 18, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Has Herzl's Dream Been Replaced by Hoenlein's Nightmare?

Has Herzl's Dream Been Replaced by Hoenlein's Nightmare? asks YU student Eitan Kastner after hearing Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, speak at Y.U.'s Israel Club's Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut Commemoration Ceremony and Celebration:

Yes, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism are problems in the Arab world. But if the portrait of our future is so bleak, why bother at all? Is this little country, Israel, worth all the trouble?

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Fascinating. A number of months ago we had a "Baltimore Jewish Leader's Assembly" and Hoenlein gave the keynote. It was the same litany of "everyone hates us, everything sucks." Frankly a number of the attendees were very disturbed by the downbeat and xenophobic message. I lobbied my friends at the Baltimore Jewish Times to do a real story on this but they didn't. The irony is that later the same day I ran into the Federation staffer for the event and she had told Hoenlein to be upbeat and positive and he actually tried to do so, apparently to no avail. And they wonder why young people are so turned off from the established Jewish community.

Posted by: Charles at May 18, 2005 11:25 AM
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