May 21, 2008

(Reb Yudel)

Blacks, Jews, and the Post-Racial Candidate

New Voices and the Jewish Student Press Service is hosting an evening on the theme of Blacks, Jews, and the Post-Racial Candidate this week.:
With Ari Berman (The Nation), Ta-Nehisi Coates (Village Voice and The Atlantic Monthly) and Sam Freedman (Professor of Journalism, Columbia University and New York Times columnist). The discussion will be moderated by Marissa Brostoff (The Forward).

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History, on 15 West 16th Street in New York City. Dessert reception to follow. $10, general admission. $5, students and CJH members. Buy tickets now by clicking here.

You should all go, of course. But rather than wait to hear what the experts have to say, howzabout we have a symposium on this very subject?

I'll begin with my current thoughts on the topic to get the ball rolling.

I think the organized Jewish community is running head-long into something nasty.

I think the gap between the 50+ crazy-about-Israel set is going to collide with the 40- crazy-about-Obama set to cause the biggest Jewish communal explosion -- or implosion -- in two decades.

He is going to be the most divisive figure among American Jewry since Abbie Hoffman.

I think this will prove a net gain for Obama.... and provide some grim entertainment among those of us who like watching Jewish communal self-immolations.

What do you think?