Twilight Of American Jewry

The end of an era in American political history and the uncertain implications of its demise.

This week marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America. Most of us didn’t realize it at the time, but those attacks also marked the beginning of the end of the golden age of American Jewry – on both sides of the ideological divide.

Most American Jews make their home on the political Left, and together with black Americans they comprise the most loyal Democratic voting bloc. American Jews have clung to the Democratic Party despite the fact that over the past decade and a half, their position in the party has become increasingly precarious.

After the September 11 attacks, the American anti-war movement rose as a force in the party. The movement was quick to conflate its anti-Americanism with hostility for Israel. Jewish anti-war activists were forced to choose between Zionism and pacifism.

And the situation has only grown worse over time.

  • Dana Garcia

    American Jews should snap out of their self-destruction loyalty to the Democrat party, which imports enemy muslims as fast as it can pack them in.

    • It has more to do with being left than with being Jewish at the end of the day.

      • Dana Garcia

        Jews have more conservative characteristics than they might care to admit — hard work, goal orientation, practicality.

        A while back, I was working on a quiz titled “You may already be a conservative” but didn’t get it done.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Not to mention that Jews believe that charity is something to give, not receive.

        • I agree, but there is a cultural identification with the democratic party that is difficult to sever.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It’s a bit deeper than that.
            It’s the difference between individualism vs collectivism and polite answers designed to not offend are rarely the correct answers.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I never abandoned the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party abandoned me.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Somehow, I think Glick is being overly dramatic. Those Jewish Republicans who committed suicide by turning on Trump were marginal figures to begin with.

  • vwVwwVwv

    it was allways the goldstandart of jews to be right from the left and left from the right
    as long as they have no own state. the most jews in america are non-jews
    in the normative mainstream judaism. american judaism is in a crisis
    and this is more dangerouse for american judaism than
    elections in which their shire numbre
    makes them irelevant.

  • Brett_McS

    Orthodox Jews are typically Republican voters and the demographics are (greatly) in their favour, so I expect this to change.