Is There a Jewish Agenda for America?

"Is There a Jewish Agenda for America?" (A Symposium), Reform Judaism, Summer 1997.


We Jews are a bit over two percent of the American population–and this percentage is inexorably declining as a result of a low-replacement birth rate and a sky-high rate of intermarriage. How can anyone take seriously “our” agenda? It’s true that we are an affluent community containing a disproportion of wealthy activists who buy “access” to politicians in office. But what exactly does this “access” buy us? On only one issue–the survival of the State of Israel–does it have any noteworthy effect. That is because this is an issue that politicians respect as a legitimate Jewish interest–a respect made all the easier in that it rarely conflicts with all the other interests that politicians must also respect.

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