Though I am not religious in the least, I am very proud to be Jewish.
I always feel that if you put me in a room with a director and a writer and let me talk about the script, I can give a good account of myself.
You have to find out who you are aside from what the media say you are. If you've become reliant on them for kind of a sense of self, then you're really screwed.
The best thing I've learned is, if you're going out, never go out alone - you leave yourself vulnerable. If you've got someone else there you trust, they can say, be wary of that person. I probably used to be too trusting of people.