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It’s Not Easy Being a Judeo-Christian Jewish Journalist

By Daniel Treiman

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L.A. Jewish Journal senior writer Brad Greenberg — a self-described “God-fearing Christian with devilishly good Jewish looks” — is taking flak from some commenters upset that a Jewish newspaper would employ a Christian with a name like “Greenberg.” Writing on his God Blog, Greenberg mounts a defense of his employment at the Journal:

1) I was not hired to educate Jewish people about Judaism. Amy Klein, our religion editor, reports on that. I cover stories that affect the Jewish community, but often are more about Jewishness than Judaism. Think Commentary incarnate.

2) Secondly, Judaism is not a monolith. Particularly in the United States. And while I don’t stake a claim to being a religious Jew, the ethnic history of the Jewish people is as much my family’s story as it is for most other Jews.

3) I am not at The Jewish Journal to fulfill a Christian mission.

I interviewed Greenberg earlier this year for the Forward. He’s a thoughtful guy with an interesting background.


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Comments
Jeffrey Blustein Fri. Nov 30, 2007

Greenberg's mother isn't Jewish. There's nothing to indicate that he's a J for J with an agenda. He's a reporter, the story is interesting, if there's anything more to fill in to the story I'll look forward to some reporting on it.

paul almond Thu. Nov 29, 2007

Great - first the "Jewish Journal" and now the Forward put forward this Christian with Jewish parents as someone to be lauded by the Jewish community, instead of someone who is a horrible example of Jews gone bad. I expect the next story will feature a JforJ type who is really a very good person and should be idolized by the Jewish community. Barf




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