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  • Donald Trump Jr.’s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

    July 21, 2016 | 10:01 am

    An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention.

    It wasn’t Israel, Iran or the fight against anti-Semitism. It was a call for the government to assist...

  • Signs of ‘Trouble’ seen in American support for Israel

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 20, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    All too often, American Jewish support for Israel is simply assumed, rather than explained, as if supporting Israel was somehow intrinsic or essential to being Jewish,” Dov Waxman writes in his brave and unsettling new book, “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over...

  • Jewish Republicans wonder how to vouch for Trump when he won’t help out

    July 19, 2016 | 2:36 pm

    Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency rolled out its Israel Advisory Committee last week — no one noticed.

    Blame the unrelenting news cycle, if you will: July 14 was the day of the hideous mass killing in Nice, France.

    But also, his Israel Advisory Committee consists of...

  • US Jewish leaders briefed after Islamic State ‘kill list’ includes Jewish names

    July 11, 2016 | 3:18 pm

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials briefed Jewish leaders on the inclusion of American Jews on an Islamic State “kill list.”

    Some 200 Jewish leaders joined the conference call on Friday organized by the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish...

  • After Elie Wiesel, can anyone unite American Jews?

    July 11, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    Being an American Jew, more than anything else, means remembering the Holocaust.

    That’s what nearly three quarters of Jewish Americans said, according to the Pew Research Center’s landmark 2013 study on American Jewry. Asked to pick attributes “essential” to being Jewish, more...

  • Some issues complicate the narrative of wide Israel-Diaspora gaps

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2016 | 4:03 am

    A few days ago, Gallup published an analysis on the views of religious groups in America on 5 “key issues” – abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, the cloning of animals, gay-lesbian relations, and having a baby outside marriage.

    If you are not totally ignorant of American Jewish...

  • Can’t or won’t learn Hebrew?

    May 18, 2016 | 10:45 am

    Novelist Dara Horn recently asked, “Why don’t more American Jews learn Hebrew?” Her answer: “The reason American Jews don’t learn Hebrew is because they think they can’t.”

    Horn believes that this failure stems from a lack of confidence. Even Horn, who tells us in this recent...

  • The Jewish Foreign Policy exchange, part 3: Are universalists truly engaged in Jewish affairs?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2016 | 2:40 am

    Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His research interests include the Middle East, humanitarian action, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. Among his many books are...

  • Beating health scares, Jonathan Sarna seals status as rock star Jewish historian

    May 17, 2016 | 10:36 am

    When Jonathan Sarna was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1999 at the age of 44, it changed his life.

    Already a highly regarded historian at Brandeis University, Sarna was in the midst of writing his seminal study of American Jewish history when he realized with alarm that he...

  • The Jewish Foreign Policies exchange, part 1: ‘All political communities are worried about survival’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 27, 2016 | 4:06 am

    Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His research interests include the Middle East, humanitarian action, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. Among his many books are ...

  • Do you have to drink all four cups of wine for your Seder to be ‘traditional?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 21, 2016 | 4:16 am

    Almost all Jews celebrate the Seder night. Seven-in-ten Jews in America (70%) told the researchers of the Pew Research Center that they participated in a Passover meal (Seder) “in the past year.” In Israel, according to the recent Pew survey, the numbers are higher. More than...

  • Small groups contemplate big issues at Fields Institute

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 20, 2016 | 1:54 pm

    “Israel is about meaning in Jewish life. If we reduce it to politics, in many ways we undermine the long-range possibilities of commitment,” Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, director emeritus of Hillel at UCLA, told 13 people gathered in the Beverly Hills home of...

  • Israel emerges as campaign issue ahead of voting in three big Jewish states

    March 15, 2016 | 8:32 am

    Israel has prominently emerged as a presidential campaign issue ahead of critical primary contests in five states on Tuesday, three of which – Ohio, Illinois and Florida – have substantial Jewish communities.

    Israel was the subject of a heated exchange in the Republican debate...

  • “A person’s a person: Supporting all, no matter how small.”

    March 8, 2016 | 3:08 pm

    The essay below was inspired by a discussion that occurred at a Haskalah Salon in a West Hollywood home.  Haskalah is an association of young professionals and alumni who support Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

    One state, two state(s), red state, blue state....

  • American Jews: Trump is yours

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2016 | 2:38 am


    Next time an American friend – I have many – tells me that the Israeli political system is impossible to understand and detrimental to my country's future – and they often tell me that – I will respond by giving him the spreadsheet of the delegation count for Super Tuesday.


  • Israel education needs coaches instead of cheerleaders

    February 4, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Imagine you’re playing in the Super Bowl. Would you rather have the encouragement of an enthusiastic cheerleader or the guidance of a skilled coach? 

    The field of Israel education is crowded with cheerleaders. Believing that it is their responsibility to champion Israel, teachers...

  • The top 7 perks of being Jewish in December

    December 3, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Growing up, ours was the only house on the block with a menorah glowing in the window. This should have put me on the fast track to Christmas envy, but it didn’t. I respected Christmas but was never jealous of those who celebrated. In fact, watching my neighbors actually gave me a...

  • 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...

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