J.J. Goldberg and Jonathan Tobin “Left vs. Right: The Battle for the Soul of American Jewry”

Moderated by Jeff Smulyan (Chairman, CEO and Founder, Emmis Communications)

How and why has the discussion around antisemitism in the U.S. become both polarized and politicized? Can a diverse Jewish community speak with one voice on immigration, efforts to boycott Israel and the struggle against antisemitism from both the right and the left? How should people view the Trump administration’s policies, particularly toward Israel? Is a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace still achievable?

Jonathan S. Tobin, editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate and columnist for the National ReviewNew York PostFederalist and Haaretz, and J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of The Forward and former U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine The Jerusalem Report, will debate these and other critical issues concerning American Jewry and Israel.


Sponsored by Jeff, Jenni z”l and Philip Berebitsky
Presented by the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council


“To us, the value of this program was not only that it helped us learn about the issues but also that we saw J.J. and Jonathan model civil, heartfelt and passionate debate about Israel.”
– Hannah Rosenthal, Past Chief Executive Officer – Milwaukee Jewish Federation

“There are so many issues that we are engaged in dealing with right now – but we filled our shul for an important and intense but highly civil exchange between the right and left on Israel – a well-organized and cogent debate.”
– Rabbi Morris Allen/Beth Jacob Congregation/Mendota Heights, MN