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  • American Jews must speak out for Haitians in Dominican Republic

    4 days ago

    Fewer than 800 miles from our shores, a deeply disturbing crisis is unfolding as tens of thousands of citizens of the Dominican Republic face deportation from their country simply because of their heritage.

    Tragically, people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican...

  • Iran Deal: A few comments on leadership and historical comparisons

    5 days ago

    Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight.  His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...

  • When American Jews do not believe that Israel ‘sincerely’ wants peace

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Here is a short yet important story in one graph:

    Two years ago, the Pew Research Center asked the Jews of America a question: Do you think the current Israeli government is making a sincere effort to bring about a peace settlement with the Palestinians? The Jews had an...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    1 week ago

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

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  • Wrapped up in Rainbows, but consumed by hate.

    By Diana Emuna

    3 weeks ago

    When I started writing this blog, I gave the relationship with my relative.  It was too hard. It was suggested I make it more generic and I have done that.  I also apologize for the length of this blog, but I felt the details were important.

    Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court...

  • Using early Zionists’ script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    June 16, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose.

    ...
  • What will the ADL lose when Foxman leaves?

    June 16, 2015 | 11:32 am

    If there’s one thing that can be said of longtime Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman, who is stepping down this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, it’s that he never holds back from speaking his mind.

    In an age of canned, anodyne statements from public figures...

  • Obama’s latest wooing of Jews not working

    June 12, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    It’s early days for the White House’s latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect.

    The poll, published Wednesday by J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group that generally backs President Barack Obama’s Middle...

  • Reform wins plurality of U.S. vote for World Zionist Congress

    June 5, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    The Reform movement won a plurality of votes for American representation in the 37th World Zionist Congress.

    Of the 145 seats allocated to Americans in the 500-representative body, approximately 70 percent went to religious denominations: Fifty-six seats went to the Reform...

  • Poll: American Jewish support for Obama dropping

    April 14, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    Job approval ratings for President Obama have dropped among American Jews from 61 percent to 50 percent since the start of 2015, a new Gallup poll found.

    The American Jews interviewed for the poll released this week gave Obama a 50 percent approval rating in March, dropping from...

  • Some Passover reflections

    April 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue...
  • Why J Street loves Jim Baker

    March 24, 2015 | 9:29 am

    J Street’s youthful activists delivered a big chunk of conference time to James Baker, an octogenarian known for cursing out their parents.

    Baker, who as George H.W. Bush’s secretary of state back in 1991 is reported to have said “F— the Jews” since they don’t vote for...

  • Netanyahu facing challenges, criticism from Jewish liberals

    March 23, 2015 | 10:53 am

    With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing escalating criticism and pressure from the White House, he could use some help from Israel’s erstwhile allies in the American Jewish community — especially those with sway in liberal and Democratic circles.

    But several leading Jewish...

  • Bar Refaeli wants to judge you (and your love of Israel)

    March 16, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on March 3, which added to a growing rift in U.S.-Israel relations, the Israeli embassy in the United States has started a contest to reignite the next generation’s enthusiasm for Israel. The hook: it...

  • American Jews, THE SPEECH doesn’t force you to “side against Israel”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2015 | 2:30 am

    Last week, an interesting piece of data was published by three scholars of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Ted Sasson, Len Saxe and Michelle Shain discovered that amid all the brouhaha and in spite of many articles claiming the opposite, the...

  • For Netanyahu, urgency trumps niceties when it comes to Iran, anti-Jewish attacks

    February 18, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be running for office in Israel, but this week he had plenty of strong messages for Jews in the United States and Europe.

    Speaking Monday in Jerusalem to leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,...

  • J Street: Sometimes fans do more harm than good

    February 12, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    This essay is part of a continuing dialogue on the nature of pro-Israel activism. 

    The disagreement between J Street and other pro-Israel groups continues. 

    In a recent op-ed, J Street’s Alan Eisner contended that Israel needs “fans, not cheerleaders,” arguing that American...

  • Where does American funding for Israel go?

    February 4, 2015 | 9:35 am

    Where does American Jewish communal funding for Israel go? Do we have a right to know? 

    As an American Jew who advocates for a two-state solution and Israeli democracy, I often hear that if I want to advocate for my vision of Israel’s future, I have to move to Israel. If I wanted...

  • Iran is mankind’s enemy

    By Dennis Prager

    January 28, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Iran today is America’s greatest enemy, Israel’s greatest enemy, the Jewish people’s greatest enemy and the greatest enemy of moral civilization.

    There is, apparently, no evil that the Iranian Islamic regime will not engage in to further its ends. 

    It is one of the only...

  • After Paris, reassessing how nations thwart attacks

    January 13, 2015 | 10:35 am

    These are the lessons of the Paris attacks for American Jews and U.S. law enforcement: Keep calm and cooperate.

    Enhanced communication between governments has been a key element of America’s counterterrorism successes since 9/11, experts say, and more is planned in the wake of...

  • What “Charlie” knows

    By Diana Emuna

    January 11, 2015 | 6:43 am

    Stephane Charbonnier of Charlie Hebdot was unafraid. Charlie Hebdot published cartoons that made fun of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Charbonnier said  he would rather “die on his feet than live on his knees.”  He and his colleagues knew the risks.  They were threatened and their...

  • For Americans aiding Israeli soldiers, rules of engagement vary

    December 16, 2014 | 8:59 am

    When the season’s first snowstorm descended on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long before M, a career sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces, received a phone call from Leon Blankrot.

    “What do you need to keep warm?” asked Blankrot, executive...

  • Tikkun Olam isn’t in the Torah: it’s liberal orthodoxy, not Jewish Orthodoxy

    December 10, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    To thunderous applause, President Barack Obama described himself in a March 2013 Jerusalem speech as “a man who’s been inspired in my own life by that timeless calling within the Jewish experience – tikkun olam… the work of repairing this world.”

    Indeed, to many American Jews,...

  • The Case for Judaism for Jews Who Don’t Care About Being Jewish

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 12, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I was in high holiday services this year next to the same friend I always go to high holiday services with. We were with our families back at the temple we had both gone to elementary school at, repeating the yearly tradition.  When we go back every year and see our old principal...

  • Breaking (NOT): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    August 5, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican....

  • American Jews take up cause of missing Israeli teens

    June 17, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    The Reform movement posted a prayer. Chabad asked followers to pledge to do a mitzvah. The Jewish Federations of North America set up a Web page to express solidarity.

    The disappearance of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last week is being taken as a call to action uniting...

  • Looking on the bright side of the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations

    By Rob Eshman

    February 26, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    If you think of Israel as a football team and American Jews as its fans, the time has come to buy seats on the 50-yard line, paint your bare chest blue and white, and start screaming for the team.

    Why now?  Because Israel is weeks  away from facing a historic opportunity, and it...

  • My valentine to American Jewish men

    February 14, 2014 | 9:33 am

    On Valentine’s Day, I’d like to sing the praises of American Jewish men. I’m aware it’s a rather large group, but that’s the point: The United States is a sea of plenty for Jewish men. Whereas in Britain, where I grew up, there are only about 300,000 Jews. If you remove married...

  • Why I love AIPAC

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2014 | 11:45 am

    It’s one of the odd quirks of history that Israel’s No. 1 diplomatic enemy — the United Nations — is located not far from Israel’s best friend, the United States Congress. These two bodies are arguably the most influential political entities in the world.

    This has the...

  • Pew study finds a vibrant Jewish community

    October 10, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    Over the past week, I have seen a flurry of writing about Pew Research Center’s study on American Jews. Several scholars and communal leaders have taken an alarmist stance toward the findings, calling the increasing rate of intermarriage “devastating” and describing non-Orthodox...

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