Then the 2016 election came and with it a sense that the landscape was shifting back to hold a direct threat to all Jews. What was it exactly that signalled a change? Was it the Trump family retweeting
white nationalists, or the closing Donald Trump campaign ad
that used prominent Jews in finance and philanthropy as its big bad bogeymen? Was it the disturbing media trendiness
of dapper neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, or the almost unbearable barrage
of oven and gas chamber memes aimed at Jewish journalists on social media? In New York City, one of the capitals of the Jewish diaspora, Adam Yauch Park, was defaced with swastikas
the week after the election. If this crap was happening so brazenly in Brooklyn, at a park named for a Beastie Boy, many of us guessed that anti-Semitic violence wasn’t far behind. Certainly, by the time marchers chanted “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville
, Heather Heyer was murdered, and the president declared that there were “very fine people” on “both sides” there was no masking the new reality.