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  • AJC national poll: 65% Jews for Obama; 24% for Romney

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 5:24 pm

    President Barack Obama is expected to win a strong majority of Jewish votes in November, according to a national survey released by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on Sept. 27.

    Out of 1,040American Jews polled earlier this month, 65 percent of them said they were likely to...

  • AJC poll shows 65 percent of Jews supporting Obama

    September 27, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    A new American Jewish Committee poll found 65 percent of Jews nationwide planning to vote for President Obama versus 24 percent for Mitt Romney, with another 10 percent undecided.

    The poll, conducted Sept. 6-17 among 1,040 Jewish voters nationwide, found President Obama doing...

  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

  • Jews, Korean-Americans talk human rights in Iran, North Korea

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 5, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Two organizations of young professionals, two isolated nuclear (or near-nuclear) powers with terrible human rights records, one Beverly Hills living room. 

    Those were the ingredients for an Aug. 30 event that brought together experts on North Korea and Iran to address members of...

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  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

  • Opinion: Jewish organizations, others must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors' rights

    July 2, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    [This column is a response to a piece by Menachem Rosensaft:
    Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works
    ]

    The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative” to the legislation that Holocaust survivors and children and...

  • Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

    June 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    [Read a response to this column: Jewish organizations, others
    must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors’ rights
    ]

    There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era...

  • Miami shul incident is harbinger of political tone

    June 6, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    WASHINGTON – When does a bimah turn into a political soapbox?

    The controversy last month over a Miami temple’s invitation and then disinvitation to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) — which prompted the resignation of an influential congregant who also is a Republican...

  • Three Jews walk into a Starbucks

    By Gina Nahai

    May 9, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    I was sitting in the Starbucks in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., listening to two men talk about a three-day hike through Israel’s Arava desert, when Bayaaz Khanoom appeared.

    It was day two of the American Jewish Committee’s three-day Global Forum. I was...

  • In Jewish election season, old themes and new concerns about Iran

    May 8, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Simmering beneath the presidential season’s familiar refrains of support for Israel is a passionate partisan argument over how best to confront Iran and deal with the new Middle East.

    The Jewish election debate season was launched informally on May 4 at the annual American Jewish...

  • Interfaith coalition urges candidates to eschew religious division

    February 21, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Several Jewish groups joined an interfaith coalition calling on presidential candidates to refrain from using religion as a political wedge issue.

    Fifteen religious organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and the Union for Reform Judaism,...

  • Jews can keep debating the meaning of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Cheryl Perich

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 11, 2012 | 11:07 am

    The US Supreme Court has just sided unanimously with a church sued for firing an employee on religious grounds. In the case of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Cheryl Perich, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: L.A. Sukkah sit-in shows Jews' passion for politics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 26, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    As I stopped at the sukkah in the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall, I thought of the Jews’ role in the upcoming presidential election, which will be taking place amid a recession and doubts about President Barack Obama’s attitude toward Israel.

    The sukkah was an...

  • 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...

  • AJC slams pro-Israel group’s attack on Obama

    September 19, 2011 | 11:44 am

    The American Jewish Committee slammed a pro-Israel group for its ad campaign questioning President Obama’s Israel commitment.

    “This ad is highly objectionable, indeed counter-productive, to its stated aim of supporting Israel,” David Harris, the AJC’s director, said in a statement...

  • 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...

  • Two U.S. groups praise Netanyahu on Migron, slam mosque attack

    September 8, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Two major U.S. Jewish groups commended Israel for dismantling an illegal settlement and condemned a subsequent apparent settler attack on a mosque.

    “The Reform Movement commends Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership in calling for the immediate dismantling of the Migron...

  • 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...

  • Julian Schnabel on Jewish Condemnation of “Miral:” “It Comes Out of Fear” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 16, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    Artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel understands why some Jews have condemned his movie, “Miral,” which opens March 25, as an anti-Israel screed: “It comes out of fear,” he told me by phone from New York this morning.  “The fear that the Holocaust occurred, that ‘We have been...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Debra Berger, founder of Project Interchange, dies

    September 3, 2010 | 11:01 am

    Debra Berger, the founder of Project Interchange that sent influential leaders to Israel, has died.

    Berger, of Rockville, Md., died Wednesday.

    Project Interchange, which Berger founded in 1982 and became an institute of the American Jewish Committee a decade later, has brought more...

  • American Jewish Committee elects new president

    May 3, 2010 | 1:55 pm

    Robert Elman was elected president of the American Jewish Committee at the organization’s annual meeting.

    Elman, a member of the AJC for more than 40 years, succeeds Richard Sideman.

    “I am privileged to lead the premier Jewish global advocacy organization as we face the serious...

  • Exclusive Coverage from DURBAN 2 - DAY 1: Arrival

    By David Weiner

    April 20, 2009 | 5:47 am

    David Weiner is a guest blogger for JewishJournal.com.  He is currently in Geneva attending the Durban Review Conference (also referred to as Durban 2) as part of a delegation representing the American Jewish Committee, composed of roughly 15 young professionals. 

    Armed with his...

  • Extremist Opinions Must Not Go Unchecked

    March 25, 2009 | 10:52 pm

    We in the progressive Jewish world are often asked: “What are you doing to combat anti-Semitism?” The simple and unequivocal answer is that we condemn it when we see or hear it.

    The views expressed on the KPFK-FM radio show, “La Causa,” on Jan. 7, as reported in The Jewish...

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