For far too long, America's elites—including American Jews—have looked to the state to solve most of society's problems. Yet the struggles we face today as Jews and citizens are of a sort government cannot solve. Rather than looking to political liberalism as a substitute religion, committed Jews—in the U.S., Israel, and across the world—must seek to form a community dedicate to the Jewish values and conservative ideas that can help renew Israel, America, and the West. Will we rise to the challenge?
Roger Hertog is the president of the Hertog Foundation, and chairman emeritus of Tikvah. One of the founding partners of the investment research and management firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., which he joined in 1968, Mr. Hertog served as the firm’s President before its merger with Alliance Capital Management in 2000. In 2006, he retired from the successor company, AllianceBernstein, and is currently vice-chairman emeritus. An alumnus of the City College of New York, Mr. Hertog was previously chairman of The New-York Historical Society and The Manhattan Institute; he has also served on the boards of the American Enterprise Institute, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy. In 2007, Mr. Hertog was awarded the Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities in recognition of his philanthropic efforts. In 2010, he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.