The spree of violence against innocent Jews in Jerusalem has hit home particularly hard in Boston as Richard Lakin, a 76 year old advocate for peaceful co-existence, and a 30 year resident of Israel, was killed in a brutal gun and knife attack on a bus. The crisis prompted a trip to Israel at the end of the month led by Barry Shrage, President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. We speak to them both in this new issue of the Journal – about what they saw, what they learned, and what we need to know about recent events.
In addition, we talk with Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League about the challenges for him as the ADL’s new president and the opportunities for Americans to offer assistance to Israel. Greenblatt also made a trip to Israel in October.
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