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  • Ron Wolfson: A precious gift from his Zayde and Bubbe

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 21, 2015 | 3:49 pm

    The Jewish community in Southern California is richly blessed with high-profile pulpit rabbis, and we tend to turn to these influential women and men when we want to know about Jewish identity and practice. But respect must be paid, too, to those whose teaching takes place outside...

  • Steve Gutow’s 10-year crusade for Jewish civility ending on bitter note

    October 13, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    For the past 10 years, Rabbi Steve Gutow has been trying to get American Jews to be more civil to each other, especially in debates about political issues.

    But a decade on, as he prepares to step down from the helm of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community seems...

  • AJC shows U.S. Jews split on Iran deal, back Clinton more than other candidates

    September 11, 2015 | 10:21 am

    An American Jewish Committee poll found U.S. Jews virtually split on the Iran nuclear deal and showed Hillary Rodham Clinton well ahead of the pack among preferred presidential candidates.

    The annual AJC poll published Friday showed 50.6 percent of respondents approved of the...

  • Does Iran deal rift mean Jews will go GOP in 2016?

    September 11, 2015 | 10:07 am

    One conspiracy theory making the rounds is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s various Iran-related confrontations with President Barack Obama are part of a Sheldon Adelson-plot to turn American Jews into Republican Party voters in 2016.

    Even if one rejects this theory out...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • Palestinian who rescued American yeshiva boys: I’m no hero

    September 4, 2015 | 9:50 am

    A Palestinian man who sheltered five American Jews from fire bomb attacks in Hebron said he only did “what needed to be done.”

    Faiz Abu Hamdiah, who on Thursday took the five yeshiva students into his home to prevent their lynching, recalled the incident Friday in an interview ...

  • Author, psychologist delves inside ‘The Israeli Mind’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 2, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Alon Gratch practices psychology in New York but was born and raised in Jerusalem, which puts him in a unique position to tell us how Israelis see the world. Indeed, as he writes in “The Israeli Mind: How the Israeli National Character Shapes Our World” (St. Martin’s Press), “I...

  • Letters to the editor: Prager v. progressives; Kishkas vs. Sechel; Bernie and Noam

    September 2, 2015 | 9:59 am

    In Conversation: Prager and a Progressive

    I have to start by saying I am a secular, progressive, left-wing Jew and, for the most part, disagree with the views expressed in Dennis Prager’s column (“Why Many American Jews Support the Iran Deal,” Aug. 28). 

    I also support the Iran...

  • More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 27, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and...

  • Why many American Jews support the Iran deal

    By Dennis Prager

    August 26, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    The more one knows about the Iran nuclear deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is a deception that portrays itself as a deal. Virtually every claim made for it is either not true or is insignificant. The deal vastly strengthens Iran and its regime’s grip on power.

    • There...

  • The who-represents-American-Jews-on-Iran fallacy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2015 | 4:05 am

    It has been a constant feature of American-Jewish life in recent years: complaints from certain quarters — in most cases, the same quarters — about the way Jews are represented, or misrepresented, by organizations pretending to represent American Jewry. The argument is simple:...

  • Black like me

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 12, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    When Toni Morrison says, “This is required reading,” I listen. 

    So, when I saw that imperative calling out from the cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir-cum-treatise on race, “Between the World and Me,” I obeyed. 

    But I was not entirely prepared for the demands this book placed on...

  • Black like me

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 12, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    When Toni Morrison says, “This is required reading,” I listen. 

    So, when I saw that imperative calling out from the cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir-cum-treatise on race, “Between the World and Me,” I obeyed. 

    But I was not entirely prepared for the demands this book placed on...

  • Iran, Israel & American Jews

    August 5, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    The struggle over the Iran Agreement reminds me of the seventeen years I spent as editor of Present Tense, a liberal Jewish-oriented magazine, published by the American Jewish Committee.

    In 1990, we featured a detailed investigative piece, “Speaking for the Jews.” Our cover...

  • American Jews must speak out for Haitians in Dominican Republic

    July 28, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    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

    July 28, 2015 | 12:16 pm

    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

    July 27, 2015 | 3:53 am

    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

    July 24, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    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...

  • Wrapped up in Rainbows, but consumed by hate.

    By Diana Emuna

    July 9, 2015 | 8:09 am

    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,...

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