Generations of American Jews have thought of the university as a golden ticket into the American middle class, an entrée to the American dream. We expect quite a lot from these institutions: they are centers of research, learning, and acculturation, and they continue to offer a credential that allows for graduates to enter into the middle class. But all of this comes at a cost—especially for Americans who do not have cynical ideas about the promise of the United States, and for religious students who are formed by traditional morality. For Jews, the costs also include rising anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Join Commentary editor John Podhoretz in conversation with the editor of Mosaic, Jonathan Silver, to think through the dilemmas of the modern university, and how Jewish families can see reason about the tradeoffs of the campus.

John Podhoretz

John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary magazine and a columnist at the New York Post. Previously, he has served as speechwriter to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He appears regularly on television as a political commentator on outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic, host of the Tikvah Podcast, and from 2018–2020, served as the executive director of the Jewish Leadership Conference. He was educated at Tufts University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University.