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  • Israel’s austerity budget advances in Knesset

    June 18, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.

    The budget, which cuts millions of dollars from the defense department, child benefits and transportation projects, was approved early...

  • Party planning from A to Z

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    April 17, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah is hard work, involving years of intense study and the courage to lead an entire congregation in prayer. Organizing a party to celebrate this milestone — well, that’s no picnic either.

    It can require meticulous planning and research so that the...

  • The Two Schools of Healthcare

    By Shmully Schwartz

    March 13, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Medicare, Obamacare, Paul Ryan and President Obama are going head to head on the budget, and they are refusing to budge on entitlements. 

    Is it November?  No. I just checked my calendar and it's March 13, 2013.  President Obama was inaugurated in January and the elections...

  • Israeli markets cheer centrists’ election gains

    January 23, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Israeli markets rose on Wednesday on investor hopes that the outcome of the previous day's election means Benjamin Netanyahu will remain prime minister and ultra-Orthodox parties have no role in government.

    The blue-chip Tel Aviv 25 index rose 1 percent to 1,204.65 points, near...

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  • Israel’s budget deficit soars

    January 14, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    Israel’s budget deficit for 2012 was more than double the government target, coming in at 4.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, debt is 74 percent of GDP, making economic growth in Israel difficult.

    “I think the average Israeli should be very concerned,”...

  • Fiscal cliff or path of righteousness?

    December 12, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    There is a lot of talk about the fiscal cliff — the self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline by which time a budget agreement must be passed and signed or there will be automatic cuts to defense and social programs of more than $1 trillion. In order to avert this self-imposed disaster,...

  • JCPA to Congress on budget: Remember the most vulnerable

    November 26, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is calling on Congress to think about “the most vulnerable among us” as it works on creating a budget and avoiding the fiscal cliff.

    “We believe that deficit reduction should be carefully calibrated to ensure that the most vulnerable among us...

  • Jews push for Prop. 30

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2012 | 11:28 am

    With recent polls showing that support has fallen below 50 percent for Proposition  30 — Gov. Jerry Brown’s temporary tax hike initiative that would help fund education across California — Jewish organizers working on behalf of the measure are working hard to convince Californians...

  • Rand ... Rosenbaum?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The first public cause to which Ayn Rand donated her own money was the State of Israel.

    I find this little-known nugget fascinating for two reasons.

    One, it contradicts the idée fixe of Rand as not really Jewish. And two, it contradicts the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

    Rand’s...

  • Ryan hailed by Jewish GOPers, organizations see him as a face of budget confrontations

    August 14, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Anointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney attached a name and face to his fiscal policy.

    Jewish Republicans, including the House majority leader, say they are thrilled with Wisconsin’s Ryan emerging as the ticket’s fresh face, hailing the lawmaker as a thoughtful and...

  • How Ryan will motivate Jewish voters

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 13, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on the Republican ticket will help win Jewish votes.  For the Democrats.

    Ryan may help Romney shore up support among Tea Partiers and evangelicals who don’t really trust his claims of conversion to their cause, but it is...

  • Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

    August 12, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan’s leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate.

    Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken a lead role in the stand-off between the White House...

  • Can California be saved?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 14, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    We Californians love to use direct democracy to perform amateur surgery on our state government. As heirs to a century-old tradition of progressive reform, we believe that if we tinker with the rules, we will get much better outcomes. We believe that the people best suited to make...

  • Jewish groups, Senate Dems talk Iran and budget

    May 29, 2012 | 10:31 am

    There was common ground on Iran and preserving the social safety net at a meeting between Democratic senators and Jewish community leaders, although subtle tensions on both issues emerged.

    In the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill, the senators pushed back against the notion that the...

  • Republicans’ ‘Starting from zero’ aid proposal startles pro-Israel community

    November 15, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    “Starting from zero,” the foreign assistance plan touted by leading Republican candidates at a debate, is getting low marks, and not just from Democrats and the foreign policy community. Pro-Israel activists and fellow Republicans also have concerns.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry...

  • Why tzedakah should not be mistaken for charity.

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 8, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Tzedakah, for many, has become another word for charity. Charity is about giving out of the kindness in your heart, generally when it is convenient. Tzedakah is not. It is about giving, consistently to those in need what is theirs, because it is an obligation on your part as a fellow...

  • Saving on Utilities

    By Annie Korzen

    September 19, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    My darling husband, Benni, is a utility hog.  He leaves the lights on in the bathroom, the TV on in the living room, and the gas on under the coffeepot.  Since we both work at home, this means that I spend my day turning off, switching off and clicking off.  I’ve asked hubby many...

  • Cash-strapped Palestinians cut pay in half for September

    September 6, 2011 | 11:01 am

    The Palestinian Authority will pay only half wages this month, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Tuesday, the second time in three months it has taken such a step because of a financial crisis it blames on donors failing to provide promised funds.

    Fayyad announced the half pay...

  • Travel Book Reading, The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    August 19, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    Calling all travelers: Rookies, Veterans and Dreamers

    Do you long to escape your cubicle and strike out to discover the world on your own terms? If so, it’s time to take action. Looking for inspiration and ‘how-to’ advice regarding career break planning and travel? At Meet, Plan,...

  • The Demonization of Eric Cantor

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 19, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    Attacks on Eric Cantor are gaining steam. Harry Reid called him childish. Many in the media have portrayed him as the obstinate Republican who will destroy American credit by blocking a deal on raising the debt ceiling. But for those of us who feel constantly ripped off by a...

  • Senate Democrats to Jews: Help us on budget, defending Obama

    July 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    When two-fifths of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate met this week in Washington with representatives of Jewish groups, the senators delivered a clear message: If you agree with us, it’s about time you spoke up.

    The appeal, delivered at an annual meeting organized by the Democratic...

  • Don’t count on it

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 13, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Please don’t run a countdown clock on the debt ceiling. 

    For weeks, that’s what Jack Lew, the Obama Administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been urging the television networks not to do.

    You know the kind of clock he means.  It’s what we saw...

  • Volume 26, Number 8

    April 20, 2011 | 1:08 pm

  • BUDGET: Ryan’s way: Stop government excess

    April 15, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    We pretend. And Paul Ryan says, get real.

    Does anyone dare ask how the government can spend ever more on, say, education, health and poverty, when schools decline anyway, health care becomes more chaotic, and the dependent class grows exponentially … and then liberals predictably...

  • BUDGET: Obama’s way: Maintain support for social programs

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 15, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    In the midst of the near shutdown of the federal government, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) launched an attack on Democratic-created safety net programs. He proposed an entirely new budget, calling for the privatization of Medicare and the devolution of Medicaid to the states, where...

  • BUDGET: Threat to Food Stamps Lies Hidden in Ryan’s Plan

    April 15, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    With the federal budget battle in full swing, Congress, media pundits and most of the general public have their attention riveted on proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security. But Social Security — dubbed the “third rail” of politics — is likely to remain intact, even...

  • Jewish groups condemn House budget proposal

    April 6, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative’s budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal...

  • The Colbert Report’s Government Shutdown Menorah [VIDEO]

    April 5, 2011 | 11:53 am

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  • N.Y. budget includes tuition grants for rabbinic students

    March 31, 2011 | 10:19 am

    New York’s state budget includes tuition grants for college students attending some private religious institutions, including Orthodox rabbinical schools.

    The money is available as part of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program, under which any theological student who meets certain...

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