Jews and the University Crisis: A View from the Campus
A Roundtable with Tikvah Student Leaders
Eric Cohen is the CEO of Tikvah, which he has led since 2007, and co-chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference. He is the publisher of Mosaic and currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and National Affairs. He was the founding editor of The New Atlantis and the founding publisher of the Jewish Review of Books. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Mosaic, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, First Things, and other prominent publications. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of The Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.
Dore Feith is a second-year student at Columbia Law School, where he is an editor on the Columbia Business Law Review and a Federalist Society board member. He is a Tikvah Legal Fellow. Last summer, Dore interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Before law school, he served as a special assistant to the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dore graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in History. He speaks Hebrew and Arabic. After graduation, Dore will clerk for Judge Steven Menashi on the Second Circuit.
Zach Kessel is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review and a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has been involved with the Tikvah Fund since completing the Beren Summer Fellowship in 2022 and is a 2023-24 Krauthammer Fellow. He is also a Public Policy Fellow with the Fund for American Studies and a Richard John Neuhaus Fellow with the Public Interest Fellowship and the Ethics and Public Policy Center. In addition to National Review, his writings have been featured in publications including the Dispatch, the Washington Free Beacon, and the Washington Post.
Alexandra Orbuch is a Junior at Princeton University, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Princeton Tory, the University’s journal for conservative thought. In addition to the Tory, Alexandra writes for a host of other campus publications, including the Princeton Legal Journal and Nassau Weekly, and she has been published in national outlets like the Washington Free Beacon, The Algemeiner, and Fox News.
Joshua Blustein is in his final year at the University of Chicago Law School and a former Tikvah Legal and Krauthammer Fellow. He has authored pieces on Jewish history in the Algemeiner, on Julius Caesar in the Washington Times, and his economic study Hyperinflation in the Łódź Ghetto (2022) in The Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics Journal led to an appearance on the Business Scholarship Podcast. Upon graduation he will work at Sidley Austin’s corporate practice in Miami. He holds a B.A. with honors in economics from Johns Hopkins University and serves as High Holiday cantor at Adereth El in Midtown, New York’s oldest congregation in its original location (1857).
Tal Fortgang works as an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He holds concurrent fellowships at the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and SAPIR. Mr. Fortgang’s interests include law, political theory, religion, ideology, and culture. His popular writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Commentary, National Affairs, and National Review, among other publications. He has also published legal scholarship in the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and the Texas Review of Law & Politics. He holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.