Jewish community leaders have “betrayed and failed” their constituents, according to Avi Goldwasser of the Jewish Leadership Project. They are either “cowards or delusional or both,” he says.
In a conversation with his colleague, Charles Jacobs, and Caroline Glick on the week’s “Mideast News Hour,” Goldwasser stresses the leaders’ unwillingness to confront the problems facing the Jewish people. These problems range from the rising anti-Semitism, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and to the challenges of critical race theory and its anti-Jewish agenda.
According to Glick, part of it is because they are accountable not to the community but to donors, many of whom have left-wing, progressive agendas and an unwillingness to make waves.
Another reason is leaders are making three-figure salaries and refuse to step down even when an organization needs transition, she says.
Jewish leaders are scared, Jacobs contends. He says that when anti-Semitism rises, a lot of people run—including our leaders. “They’re paralyzed,” says Jacobs. “They’re like deer in the headlights. The train is coming, and they’re stuck. They’re fighting the old war. They’re fighting the Nazis.”