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Michael Finch

December 15, 2021

Reflecting on Judah Benjamin and the Complicated History of Jews in America

Some years ago, I took a call from a Jewish gentleman in Birmingham, Alabama.  In his very strong southern accent, he told me he was involved with the Republican Jewish Coalition there and he was requesting some information on our work in fighting antisemitism.  He noted my surprise. I received a lot of calls for information of this type, but seldom from an RJC member in Birmingham, Alabama.  This gentleman went on to tell me…
May 24, 2021

Never Again must mean Never Again

Maybe “Never Again” has just become a slogan, meaningless and powerless. Something that we can mouth to make us feel good, to feel like we are fighting evil and preventing evil. Like the hash tag, Me Too, or the displaying the French flag on one’s social media page after yet another terror attack in France. It feels good to virtue signal. Or at least it does until it becomes too difficult to say anything. Until…
July 15, 2020

Caught between Left and Right: Anti-Semitism Rising

America has been shaken to its core over the past months, first with the Covid pandemic and then the riots and protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Where these protests have led to rioting and mayhem, a disturbing current of anti-Semitism has followed in the form of anti-Semitic rhetoric and slogans chanted by protestors, graffiti, and vandalism.  It should come as no surprise that the recent Black Lives Matter…