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Steven Windmueller

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Will the New American Jewish Orthodoxy Continue to Shape Jewish Life?

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People feel a sense of “rightness,” accompanied by social outrage, and consequently work to discount positions held by others.

Redefining Contemporary Hate

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We are in a new era of antisemitism.

First Steps: A Game Plan for the LA Federation and Our Community

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This is a critical, yet challenging moment for the Los Angeles Jewish community.

Rethinking Jewish LA

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The Jewish community has an opportunity to be a part of these trend lines of mergers, consolidations and redefining what our community can look like.

The Fifth Wave of Terror: Tribalism and Hate in the Twenty-First Century

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The true danger of these nationalists lies not in their rhetoric but in their violence.

Jews Have a Profound Stake in America

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Did our contract with America come to end on January 6?

The History of the LA Community Relations Committee

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During its 74-year existence, the LA CRC was remarkably resourceful, cutting edge and controversial.

What Can History Tell Us About Recovering From a Crisis?

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Earlier moments in American history may offer some insights as to how our community will recover from COVID-19.

How Can Jewish Institutions Adapt to the Pandemic Revolution?

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To all the communal disrupters and individuals who are prepared to take us in a different direction — this is your moment.

Will the Pandemic Trigger the Next Jewish Revolution?

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As we experience an unprecedented global pandemic, more Jews than at any other time in history are being exposed to Jewish platforms of culture,...

Mergers and More: What Is Happening to the American Synagogue, and Why?

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In a joint statement issued on November 6, the leadership of Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) and University Synagogue announced the latest merger within the...

Five Trends Jews Should Watch For in the Election

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As I watched the disturbing Trump-Biden debate, I couldn’t help but think about the ways Jewish voters would react and what that will mean for the election.

COVID-19 and the American Jewish Economic Crisis

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American Jewry is facing a financial and structural crisis. The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be devastating to the American Jewish communal...

Out of Destruction, Into Renewal: Reclaiming Tisha b’Av

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Tisha b’Av is a frame of reference, recalling moments of Jewish destruction and despair. There are rhythms to those seasons in which we mourn...

Deeply Divided Jews Desperately Need to Find Common Ground

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Over the course of its history, Israel’s relationship with its Jewish world partners has undergone a series of transitions. Against the backdrop of the Holocaust...

Questions Jews Are Asking

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As I travel around the country, I hear an array of concerns about the state of Jewish life in America. The audiences I encounter...

Rethinking Jews’ Place in America

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Unlike any other anti-Semitic incident, the Tree of Life Congregation tragedy has destroyed American Jews’ assumptions about our place in American society. We believed...

After Pittsburgh: Reclaiming the Jewish Contract With America

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The gunman who struck Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Shabbat indicated online that he wanted to “Kill all Jews.” During prior events — whether...

Year in Review: A New Intensity of Jewish Engagement

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This past year’s Jewish storyline is built around several core themes. President Donald Trump’s persona and policies have been the common denominator for many...

When Is a Place No Longer ‘Good for the Jews’?

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In every national setting throughout our history as a Diaspora people, we Jews have faced “a moment of truth” when our political status changed....

The New American Jew

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The Jewish community is undergoing a fundamental revolution, resulting in the emergence of a new kind of American Jew.  The traditional 20th century communal system...

A Deep Dive into Jewish L.A.

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Los Angeles’ Jewish community comprises a landscape of choices and creative experiences. How did this unique Jewish story evolve and what might this mean...

Jeffersonian vs. Jacksonian Jews: Revisiting Jewish Political Behavior in the 21st Century

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The 19th-century contest between Thomas Jefferson’s prescription for America and that of Andrew Jackson’s populist ideas are being played out today in this nation’s...

Why L.A. Needs to Bring Back the JCRC

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In 1933, with the rise of anti-Semitism in this country and the emergence of Nazi influence in this city’s film industry, the Jewish Community...

Responding to Anti-Semitism: Revisiting Old Assumptions, Understanding the New Threats

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A renewed assault on Jews is now underway. The incidents of anti-Semitism are again on the increase. The forces that today are driving hatred...

Reinventing Liberal Judaism

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The drop-off in congregational membership, the aging of mainstream religious supporters, and the corresponding rise in the number of nonpracticing Jews represent some of...

The ‘Reality’ of the Jewish State

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We all live with dichotomies, but possibly none is more powerful than our differing views about the idea of nationhood. In the 19th century,...

A Look Back at the Jewish Century: 1918-2018

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Over the past 100 years, Jews have experienced extraordinary elements of triumph and periods of significant tragedy. It represents a time frame of profound...

How Charlottesville has defined the Trump presidency

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The events in Charlottesville this past weekend serves as a metaphor for a broader battle over what is America and who are Americans. The alliance...

Reflections on the 1992 civil unrest: Examining the Jewish response

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The civil unrest in Los Angeles 25 years ago, sparked by the beating of Rodney King, represented a landmark moment not only for the...
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