Checklist Judaism, Feckless Journalism
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Andrew Silow-Carroll
Series: CLAL on Culture Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Identification; Jewish Values; Media
Coverage: United States
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.