Panel Discussion // The State of Jewish Politics


The State of Jewish Politics

Update: video of this program is available here.

Kicking off a semester of programming focused on Jewish politics, we have convened a group of distinguished scholars and journalists for a “state of the union” of sorts. Tasked with taking stock of where we are today, how we got here, and what’s next, the panel will look at the big issues of the day: Israeli politics, American Jewish attitudes toward Israel, changing Jewish communal and activist organizations, Jewish roles in American politics, and more—all with the long view of Jewish political thought and history in mind.

Panelists include Lila Corwin Berman, J. J. Goldberg, Shaul Magid, and Jennifer Rubin, with Yair Rosenberg moderating.

Lila Corwin Berman holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History at Temple University and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. She is author of Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit and Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity.

J. J. Goldberg is editor-at-large at the Forward, where he served as editor-in-chief until 2007. He previously served as U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine Jerusalem Report, as managing editor of The Jewish Week of New York, and as a nationally syndicated columnist in Jewish weeklies.

Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, and a past Katz Center fellow. With research interests ranging from sixteenth-century kabbalah to contemporary American Judaism, he is the author of many books, and his essays on religion and politics have appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Zeek Magazine, Religion Dispatches, Open Zion, and Moment Magazine.

Jennifer Rubin writes the "Right Turn" blog for the Washington Post, featuring reported opinion from a center-right perspective. She is a regular guest on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC. 

Yair Rosenberg is a senior writer at Tablet Magazine, where he covers politics, religion, and culture. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the Jewish Review of Books, among other outlets.


Event Location: 
The National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Free; pre-registration is encouraged via
Event Date and Time: 
January 29, 2017 4:00pm