Jan Koum, the founder of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, famously keeps a low public profile. As Asaf Shalev reports, the Ukrainian-born Jewish entrepreneur has kept his large donations to an array of Jewish causes—including Chabad-Lubavitch, Israeli hospitals, and the European Jewish Association—quiet as well.
The Ukrainian-Born Founder of WhatsApp Has Become a Major Donor to Jewish Causes
Is American Jewish Liberalism Dying?
In the 1930s, a Republic Jewish judge, observing his coreligionists’ commitment to the Democratic party, quipped, in Yiddish, that Jews have three velt (worlds): di velt (this world), yene velt (the next world), and Roosevelt. Since then, Jewish devotion has attenuated somewhat, although Jews still overwhelming lean Democratic. Most American Jews, however, are unfamiliar with the terms “this world” or “the next world” in any language. Carefully examining a wealth of statistical data, Samuel J. Abrams and Jack Wertheimer argue that the sort of robust Jewish liberalism that characterized U.S. Jewry a few decades ago is in steep decline. Jews, they explain, are undergoing their own version of what political scientists call the “great sort,” whereby politics, religion, and place of residence increasingly align: