Up to the Task: Fighting Domestic Terrorism in NY State By David Drimer

In May 2022, a deeply disturbed teenager attired in military garb walked into a Buffalo, NY supermarket and used a rifle to brutally murder ten Black people. Witnesses described the shooter’s demeanor as “robotic.” Tops grocery store A couple of days ago, that assailant pleaded guilty to multiple charges and is awaiting sentencing, which will likely be life in prison … Read More

The Greatest Crime in History By David Drimer

The Holocaust has been called “the greatest crime in history.” Sadly, if recent national surveys are even remotely accurate, it has already faded from America’s collective memory to a startling degree. As I’ve indicated in this column several times, Millennials and younger are revealed to be dismayingly uneducated on the subject, to the extent that roughly 20% of New York … Read More

Reflections on a Wall By David Drimer

Every time in Jerusalem feels like the first time.   But there is a force, a powerful magnet, always drawing me to the Kotel. No matter what prosaic thing I may be doing, it’s always on the fringes of my consciousness. As I wander the streets of the Old City, inching ever closer, the pull becomes stronger.   As much for … Read More

Dear BDSers: I’m sad to relate… By David Drimer

I love science. In part, that inclination was handed down to me by my father, who was a physician. To an equal extent, it speaks to my optimism that the secrets of the universe can be unlocked to solve humanity’s problems. Curing virulent diseases, combatting climate change, eradicating world hunger, increasing the world’s fresh water supply and tapping into unlimited … Read More

Dayenu!

  If the Federation had only… “Founded an Antisemitism Hotline to protect the safety and security of the Jewish residents of Ulster County Dayenu “Launched the Ulster County Holocaust Awareness Initiative, responding to poor Holocaust Education in area schools and universities Dayenu “Introduced and successfully lobbied for unanimous passage of a Resolution Against Antisemitism in the Ulster County Legislature Dayenu … Read More

Jews & Pop Music: Rock On!

We’re endlessly amused by the essentially semitic game “Who’s the Jew?” In my house, we fervently celebrate the Jewish identity of celebrities, athletes, artists and writers or historical figures famous or obscure, and bitterly lament the transgressions of Jewish bad actors (see Madoff, Bernard). The annals of Rock n’ Roll history are imbued with major Jewish stars who’ve left an … Read More

Saving Ben-Gurion

Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) is a time to reflect on the origins of Israel as the Jewish National State, the fulfillment of the Zionist dream.  Most Jews need little reminder Israel had its own “George Washington,” one David Ben-Gurion, born David Grün (Gruen) in Poland in 1886. He united the various militias into the Israel Defense Force, emerged victorious … Read More

Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue…

March was officially National Women’s History month, which afforded an opportunity to consider the legacy of an extraordinary Jewish woman who passed away in 2020. There are hardly words enough to express our lingering sense of loss at the death of Civil Rights icon, gender equality champion and distinguished Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. … Read More