Jewish Family Service’s annual Spotlight event was held on May 24 at Temple Israel, where the agency’s work with more than 600 Holocaust survivors was highlighted. Keynote speaker Fr. Patrick Desbois, a Roman Catholic priest, kept an audience of almost 400 community members riveted to his every word.

Click below to read more about Fr. Desbois' speech. 

Prof. Pletka pushes back on Democratic criticisms of Israeli judicial reform

Jewish News Syndicate
July 24, 2023

Danielle Pletka, a distinguished senior fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, told JNS she might welcome U.S. President Joe Biden’s views on the Israeli Supreme Court if he “were commenting on the strikes in France, the raising of the retirement age in Italy [and] the Indigenous Voice campaign in Australia.”

“But given he hasn’t,” Pletka said. “I have to assume he thinks somehow the Jews deserve his inappropriate interference because they are somehow less advanced and require his patronizing meddling. Guess what, they don’t.”

Prof. Roda named 2023-24 Katz Fellow at University of Pennsylvania

July 20, 2023

The CJC's very own Professor Jessica Roda has been selected as a 2023-2024 Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Roda’s research project “The Global Ecology of the Orthodox Female Music Industry: Creativity, Spirituality, and Wellbeing” is part of the Center’s broader fellowship theme “The Sound and Music of Jewish Life.” Roda is one of eighteen scholars from around the world who have been chosen for the program, and she has specifically been given the Albert J. Wood Fellowship.

“This research project explores the use of music for healing purposes in ultra-Orthodox Jewish circles in North America. More specifically, I investigate the growth of the Jewish music market and industry in relation to a global culture of wellness that integrates alternative medicine and indigenous knowledge that has been adapted and integrated into Jewish ultra-Orthodoxy,” Professor Roda shared in an interview with the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Amb. Ross interview with NPR on US-Israeli relations

July 18, 2023

Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep on the state of US-Israeli relations.

Prof. Husain's advice to President Biden ahead of Gulf visit in Op-Ed

The Spectator
July 13, 2023

Professor Husain offered advice to President Biden on how to 'woo' the Saudi delegation ahead of his visit to the Gulf in July, listing eight tips in this recent Op-Ed.

Prof. Lincoln for War on the Rocks: Expanding the Gaza Ceasefire

War on the Rocks
July 12, 2023

Director of the CJC and Professor Jonathan Lincoln writes on the promise of expanding and strengthening the current Gaza ceasefire as a crucial first step to reducing outbreaks of violent activity and working toward a long-term peaceful solution in the region. 

Amb. Ross on the dangers of Biden Administration's Iran negotiations

The Washington Post
June 23, 2023

Read what Ambassador Ross thinks about the Biden Administration's recent negotiations with Iran and its dangerous implications for the future stability of the Middle East.

Fr. Desbois presents shofar to Congressmen for investigation into Credit Suisse

Chuck Grassley News Releases
June 22, 2023

“In profound appreciation of Chairman Whitehouse and Ranking Member Grassley, two crusaders of justice, we presented Judaica and a commemorative plaque with the inscription ‘Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue’ from Deuteronomy 16:20. We hope that this cherished shofar (ram’s horn) is a perpetual reminder of a higher calling to cooperatively pursue justice as leaders of Congress much as Simon Wiesenthal championed justice for the victims of the Holocaust,” - Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Dr. Ariel Gelblung of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Father Patrick Desbois.

God, Guns, and Sedition available for preorder

June 22, 2023

Director Hoffman and Professor Ware's book 'God, Guns, and Sedition' is available for preorder now ahead of its December 2023 publication date.

Shocking acts of terrorism have erupted from violent American far-right extremists in recent years, including the 2015 mass murder at a historic Black church in Charleston and the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. These incidents, however, are neither new nor unprecedented. They are the latest flashpoints in a process that has been unfolding for decades, in which vast conspiracy theories and radical ideologies such as white supremacism, racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and hostility to government converge into a deadly threat to democracy.

God, Guns, and Sedition is the definitive account of the rise of far-right terrorism in the United States—and how to counter it. Leading experts Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware trace the historical trajectory and assess the present-day dangers of this violent extremist movement. They combine authoritative, nuanced analysis with gripping storytelling and portraits of the key leaders of the American far right and their followers. Hoffman and Ware highlight developments including the use of cutting-edge communications technology; the embrace of leaderless resistance or lone wolf strategies; the emergence of characteristic tactics and targets; infiltration and recruitment in the military and law enforcement; and the far right’s intricate relationship with mainstream politics. An unparalleled examination of one of today’s great perils, God, Guns, and Sedition offers practical recommendations to halt the growth of the far right and address the terrorist threat.

Amb. Ross on PGA-DP-LIV merger

The Messenger
June 18, 2023

Ambassador Ross comments on the broader implications - beyond 'sports washing' - of the PGA-DP-LIV merger and what it means for Saudi aspirations on the global stage.