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There is a “political phenomenon in the Jewish community…on the disincentivizing of all forms of ‘courageous leadership’ by relatively small numbers of individuals who can drive a community agenda”

…a larger political phenomenon in the Jewish community…on the disincentivizing of all forms of “courageous leadership” by relatively small numbers of individuals who can drive a community agenda because of the flattening of power structures, the power of social media, and growing anxieties by Jewish institutional leader about the cost of political embarrassment. It often seems safer to cancel an event rather than to pursue it, even though the invisible costs to our discourse and to the community’s credibility is enormous.

Yehuda Kurtzer, Facebook post (26 February 2019) [https://www.facebook.com/yehuda.kurtzer/posts/10157298272132174]