Articles written by Jeffrey F. Barken

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Pro-Israel voices tackle the war of ideas on college campuses?

Recent ordeals for Jews on college campuses include being probed on their religious identity in student government hearings, seeing swastikas sprayed on fraternity houses, and the presence of a student-initiated course accused of anti-Semitism. Pro-I... Full story


Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment

When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress-paintings of some of her country's few remaining Holocaust survivors-to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice chair... Full story


Kutsher's documentary captures the eclectic legacy of a Borscht Belt relic

When young independent music enthusiasts descended on the antiquated Jewish resort of Kutsher's for an international indie rock concert series in 2008, it was "kind of like 'Cocoon' meets 'The Shining... Full story


A clear-eyed analysis of 21st-century anti-Semitism

"Some of My Best Friends, A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism," by Ben Cohen. Edition Critic (May 2014). 230 pages. columnist Ben Cohen's new book, "Some of My Best Friends, A... Full story


University of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation launch pioneering 'American Jewish Studies' program

HAIFA—Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the... Full story


Formula One race a part of acceleration past regulation for Israeli motorsports

There is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish. Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates... Full story


For Germany and Israel, a textbook case

Almost 70 years after the Holocaust and 50 years after Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations, a textbook commission is shedding light on how the two countries are promoting their sustained cultural and historical connection. Dirk... Full story


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