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  • ADL, AJC reportedly suffering major drops in donations

    December 12, 2011 | 10:55 am

    The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee reportedly have suffered steep declines in contributions over the past five years.

    According to the Forward, the two prominent American Jewish groups each lost more than $20 million in annual contributions from 2006 to...

  • Dovish J Street undecided on ADL-AJC Israel “Unity Pledge”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 28, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    UPDATED: The headline of this post has been changed from an earlier version (“J Street rejects ‘Unity Pledge’ on Israel, joining Right-wing groups”) at the request of J Street staff. According to J Street Director of Media and Communications Jessica Rosenblum, the...

  • As Obama’s Jewish numbers plummet, AJC poll shows U.S. Jews ‘grumpy’

    September 27, 2011 | 11:07 am

    American Jews are feeling “grumpy,” according to the American Jewish Committee’s take on its latest public opinion survey.

    That’s not good news for President Obama, whose Jewish approval level has dipped below 50 percent. But American Jews don’t seem particularly excited about...

  • Opinion: Jewish vote in play for 2012

    September 26, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Will the Jewish vote, normally overwhelmingly Democratic, be up for grabs in 2012? That question became a subject of intense debate when a Republican was elected recently to the House of Representatives from New York’s 9th Congressional District for the first time in 90 years.

    The...

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  • AJC poll: Approval of Obama drops to dead heat

    September 26, 2011 | 11:32 am

    As many Jewish voters approve of President Obama’s performance as disapprove in an American Jewish Committee poll that shows much disappointment stems from his handling of the economy.

    The AJC’s annual poll released Monday showed 45 percent of voters approved of Obama as opposed to...

  • Jewish group lobbies in L.A. against UN vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    When general debate begins at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21, the eyes of all Israel supporters will be focused on New York City, to see what becomes of the Palestinian Authority’s plan to unilaterally declare statehood.

    For now, however, ongoing efforts by...

  • AIPAC, AJC praise Obama on Cairo intervention

    September 12, 2011 | 11:43 am

    AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee praised the Obama administration for its intervention on behalf of Israel’s besieged Cairo embassy.

    “AIPAC appreciates the immediate intervention by President Obama and the U.S. Administration to guarantee the safety of Israeli diplomats and...

  • AJC repudiates staffer’s statement on campus anti-Semitism

    August 16, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    The American Jewish Committee repudiated a statement from a staffer who criticized efforts to use federal civil rights law to respond to anti-Israel activism on campus.

    In an e-mail, the AJC’s executive director, David Harris, called the April statement by Kenneth Stern, AJC’s...

  • AJC, ADL press U.N. for firmer action against Syria

    August 4, 2011 | 11:38 am

    A U.N. Security Council statement condemning Syria’s crackdown on dissidents was inadequate, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League said.

    In its statement Wednesday, the United Nations condemned the “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force...

  • Hyman Bookbinder, longtime AJC rep in D.C., dies

    July 21, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Hyman Bookbinder, the legendary representative in Washington for the American Jewish Committee, has died.

    Bookbinder died Thursday aged 95, the AJC said in a statement.

    Bookbinder joined the AJC’s Washington office in 1967, having worked in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations...

  • AJC launches Latino-Jewish congressional caucus

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 14, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    The ongoing development of ties between the Latino and Jewish communities took a new turn this week with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) establishment of a new Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus. At press time, a group of mostly Latino and Jewish lawmakers were set to meet at...

  • Some are abusing Title VI protections, AJC charges

    April 27, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    The American Jewish Committee said a government decision to classify campus anti-Semitism as prohibited discrimination is being abused by those seeking to silence criticism of Israel.

    Kenneth Stern, AJC’s director on anti-Semitism and extremism, joined Cary Nelson, president of the...

  • AJC: Suspend Libya from U.N. Human Rights Council

    February 22, 2011 | 8:31 am

    The American Jewish Committee called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    “The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protestors makes a mockery of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said AJC...

  • AJC honors Angela Merkel

    January 20, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was honored in Berlin by the American Jewish Committee for her support for the Jewish people and Israel.

    Thursday’s presentation of the Light Unto the Nations Award to Merkel by AJC Executive Director David Harris was followed by a private,...

  • Giffords’ account of her trip to Israel

    January 11, 2011 | 10:14 am

    JTA reported that Congresswoman Giffords’s trip to Israel in 2001 with AJC’s Project Interchange cemented her commitment to Judaism. After that trip, Giffords wrote an account of her trip, which AJC published. As a tribute to her brave struggle for recovery, AJC republished her...

  • Rethink probe of groups, AJC urges Knesset

    January 6, 2011 | 10:29 am

    The American Jewish Committee called on Israel’s Knesset to reconsider its decision to form a parliamentary committee to investigate Israeli groups critical of the country’s military.

    “The Knesset’s action today contravenes the democratic principles that are Israel’s greatest...

  • AJC Fetes Wayne Barsky

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    American Jewish Committee (AJC) feted litigator Wayne Barsky, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, with the 30th annual Learned Hand Award on March 17. Barsky is considered a leading figure in intellectual property law, and the dinner attracted many of Los Angeles’ top attorneys,...

  • Too Many Jewish Organizations?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 6, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    A common Jewish communal gripe is that there are too many organizations out raising money to do the same things.  There’s no quicker way to get a rise out of donors or activists than to ask why we need to fund and run an alphabet soup of Jewish defense organizations: the ADL, AJC,...

  • Jewish Community Foundation announces $1.6 million in grants to ‘Cutting Edge’ orgs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 12, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    The largest recipients of the Jewish Community Foundation's (JCF) Cutting Edge Grants, announced this week and totaling $1.6 million, were three programs promoting Jewish identity and connection with Israel through art, music and community leadership; another that prepares children...
  • AJ Congress wowed; Shaare Zedek gets record donation; Koufax in the house

    By Norma Zager

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Woolsey Wows AJC

    It was an extraordinary evening when the American Jewish Congress (AJC) honored former director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey at a black-tie gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Dec. 10.

    Woolsey received the AJC's Jerusalem Award for his extensive work...

  • Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position; Survival of Jews in Iran is a paradox, pan

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, a key figure in Los Angeles civic and ecumenical relations for the last 16 years, has been appointed national director for interreligious affairs by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

    As director of...

  • Groups hope new U.N. Secretary General will be fairer toward Israel than Kofi Annan

    By Ben Harris

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish officials are greeting the selection of Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general with cautious optimism, hopeful that the South Korean foreign minister will use the office to push for fairer treatment of Israel and more equitable application of international human rights...
  • Muslims and Jews must move on and strengthen ties

    By Omar Ricci

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Muslim-Jewish relations in Los Angeles have undoubtedly undergone a test the past several weeks, the outcome of which is still unclear. But out of an acrimonious political battle, many Muslims would like to move on and attempt to re-establish discussion and dialogue with our fellow...
  • Letters

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Discussion Difficult

    Bernard Goldberg's response to Rob Eshman's critique turns out to be a fine example of why some conservative voices make intelligent discussion so difficult ("My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters," Aug. 5).

    Goldberg starts out with, "Usually I only respond to...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A Slice of New York

    What better way for school kids to mark President's Day Weekend than with a trip to New York and a slice of pizza?

    On Feb. 19, 100 members of Jewish Student Union clubs, including 69 Los Angeles-area public high school students, took part in the third annual JSU...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Triumph of the Technion

    Two students and a professor from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, toured Southern California in a late February fundraising tour for the Haifa school's new cancer research unit.

    A Feb. 26 gathering brought about 20 philanthropists to the...

  • Opportunities and Changes Abound

    By Rabbi Marc S. Dworkin

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This month, as I started my work with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), my wife's father, Sol, celebrated his 90th birthday with his friends at Leisure World of Laguna Woods. Like many of us, Sol is a transplant to Orange County from Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and...

  • Community Briefs

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Pays Visit to Southland

    In addition to celebrating his 80th birthday, former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres spoke with members of the Los Angeles Jewish community on two separate occasions this week.

    Peres' first speaking engagement took...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

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