- Ruth Ellen Gruber says the victims of today's Islamist terror attacks include Christians and Muslims as well as Jews.
- She says terrorism in the 1970s and '80s did not prove an existential threat to Jews or prompt a mass exodus, and nor should it now.
Ruth Ellen Gruber is the Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, and the author of Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely hers.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN)Thirty years or so ago, the synagogue in Washington DC where I was attending Yom Kippur services received a bomb threat. As we evacuated the building, I was concerned that people didn't seem to be taking it seriously.