Checklist Judaism, Feckless Journalism: There Must be a Better Way to Probe a Person's Jewishness

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author, a former editor of a Jewish weekly newspaper, reflects on his frustration with how journalists assess the "Jewishness" of a celebrity they are profiling. He asserts that there seems to be a checklist of vague, stereotypical qualities that seem to create the overall profile of a Jew. Instead of journalists probing their subjects to find out meaningful aspects of Judaism in the individual's life, they seem to only ask about where they celebrated their Bar-mitzvahs, or whether or not they went to Hebrew school. The author asserts that such checklist questioning undermines the true value and impact that Judaism has on one's life.

Topic: Media, Jewish Identification, News Media, Journalism, Values

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Silow-Carroll, Andrew. Checklist Judaism, Feckless Journalism: There Must be a Better Way to Probe a Person's Jewishness. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2568


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