The United States of America has given Jews the opportunity for unprecedented prosperity and America’s Jews have reciprocated individually and collectively. The testament to that is in every university, museum and hospital.
How will Jews continue to play such a role in this society? My answer has three pillars: to remain ‘other’, to build communities and to embrace leadership. First, on otherness: As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes, otherness is an essential condition for leadership, because it allows for a unique voice. The Jewish system that combines ancient and new is as relevant today as ever before.
Second, communities will be as important in the future as any other time in the past. American Jewry must continue to nurture the resilience and prosperity of its communities through their institutions. Especially in an age of disintegrating communities, this model is very relevant to America’s future.
Third, on leadership: the USA will face many challenges and Jews have so much to contribute. In an age of accelerating change, we know a thing or two about value-based societies. In an age of poermanent technological innovation, we have mastered societal innovations. And there is so much more.