The Media vs. Brandeis University – What Makes a Great Leader? (Part 1)

Have you ever been in the absolute undesirable position of being two weeks behind on local gossip. For some, the talk of the town is a crucial factor of staying ‘on your game’ in this media driven world.

And did you know that one of the most critical debates concerning the future of the American Jewish community has gone almost completely unnoticed in the press? It almost seems the Jewish Media has been asleep while this story took place. How could they miss out on this newsy tidbit?

Where Does the Money Go?

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “Jewish Student Leadership” program was awarded a $250,000 grant from the L.A. Jewish Federation for launching a program to educate students in leadership and inter-community dialogue (

The Jewish community has recently poured a good deal of the money it raises from local Jews into several “leadership programs”. Arguably, to ensure the survival of the Jewish people in America, we need to train our young men and women how to become great Jewish leaders.

This effort is really remarkable; I don’t think there is that many group in the U.S. so intent on molding their future leaders. When you think about it, it’s a pretty incredible task they’re up to. It is nothing short of an investment for the future!

What is Brandies University Up To?


But there’s something missing from this picture. Where is the debate, the argument, the back and forth in the public square? Why has the mainstream Jewish press found it unnecessary to inform us that Brandeis, the University of Michigan as well as a slew of other colleges now offer programs focused on “Jewish leadership”? Is this not newsworthy?

It would be nice to know, wouldn’t it?


Businesswire,com. “Jewish Community Foundation Announces Cutting Edge Grants to Fund Latino Programs”. Business Wire. September 09, 2008.

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