Posts By Lauren Bookwalter

Why intersectionality fails the Jews

A house of cards (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Thirty years ago, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality as a way to help explain the oppression of African-American women. The theory of how different forms of discrimination interact is a useful tool to recognize the way privilege and oppression overlap. It can serve to… Read more »

Italian police arrest suspected synagogue vandal caught on video

(JTA) – Police in the northeast Italian city of Trieste analyzed security videos to identify and arrest a man suspected of vandalizing the city’s synagogue twice in the past few months. The suspect was accused of breaking two windows “for the purposes of ethnic-religious hatred,” police said. A statement… Read more »

‘Incitement’ director Yaron Zilberman tries to get inside the head of Yitzhak Rabin’s killer

Assassin Yigal Amir, as portrayed by Yehuda Nahari Halev, torches a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the film "Incitement." (Courtesy of PMKBNC)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Over the past century, Jews have endured what filmmaker Yaron Zilberman calls a “trilogy of traumas”: the Holocaust, the Yom Kippur War and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Israeli-American writer, director and producer has spent much of his career exploring these… Read more »

Mike Pence to attend Holocaust forum in Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence will attend a conference on the Holocaust in Israel. The White House announced Wednesday that Pence and his wife, Karen, would attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem on Jan. 23. This year’s conference coincides… Read more »

Synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says

(JTA) — If synagogues hire armed guards, they should be trained police officers, a top Jewish security agency says in a new report. Armed congregants who are not law enforcement officers “are unlikely to have experience dealing with high-stress situations,” according to the report issued Wednesday by the Secure… Read more »

Meet the Jewish travel blogger who soon will have visited every country

Drew "Binsky" Goldberg, seen here in Kerala, India, makes a living traveling the world and posting about it on social media. (Courtesy of Goldberg)

(JTA) —In 2012, Drew Goldberg spent part of his junior year of college studying abroad in Prague. It was only his second time leaving the United States — the other time was for Birthright, the free Israel trip for Jewish young adults. The trip to the Czech capital was… Read more »