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  • Emma Goldman Papers Project in danger of being shut down

    By Rebecca Spence

    1 week ago

    As the University of California, Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a long-simmering feud over funding for the Emma Goldman Papers  — an archival project dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Jewish radical and free speech advocate — is...

  • Tough congressional language limits Obama’s Egypt options

    July 5, 2013 | 9:58 am

    When it comes to foreign assistance, American law couldn’t be clearer: A coup d’etat suspends funding, period.

    But that directive, which has persisted for years in federal appropriations bills, is now clashing with another congressional priority: the apparent desire to foster an...

  • Ahmadinejad seeks strategic axis with Egypt

    February 6, 2013 | 7:22 am

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the first visit to Cairo by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and said he had offered the cash-strapped Arab state a loan, but drew a cool response.

    Ahmadinejad said outside forces were...

  • VP hopeful Paul Ryan meets with Sheldon Adelson

    August 15, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, a major giver to Republicans in the effort to defeat President Obama, just days after being tapped by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as his running mate.

    Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, met Tuesday with Adelson and other major Republican...

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  • Private schools chalk it up to federal dollars

    By Ryan E. Smith

    August 8, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    It’s not unusual for elementary school students at Sinai Akiba Academy to walk into class and be greeted with the following message: “Dear scientists, today we’re going to look at our mealworms under the microscopes.”

    The idea is that by identifying kids as writers, readers...

  • Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' and what that means for modern politics

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    By the time you read this, you probably will have watched Sarah Silverman in her underwear, demonstrating a lesbian sex act with her dog.

    Because that’s the way politics works these days.

    Silverman wrote and stars in a short video, called “Scissor Sheldon,” posted at...

  • Jewish Dems’ call on GOP to cut off Adelson’s giving revives civility talk

    July 10, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, whose cash and rhetoric has hit candidates hard this election cycle, just got swiped himself.

    The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) wants Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to stop taking “dirty money” from Adelson...

  • Israeli nature reserve designated as UNESCO site

    July 2, 2012 | 10:08 am

    UNESCO voted to designate a nature reserve in northern Israel as a World Heritage Site.

    The culture and science arm of the United Nations gave the Nahal Me’arot and Carmel Caves Nature Reserve the distinction last Friday, according to an Israeli government news release.

    Located...

  • Senate passes farm bill, rejects full SNAP funding

    June 22, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The U.S. Senate passed the Farm Bill, whose final version some Jewish organizations had expressed dismay over because it did not include full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps. 

    The bill, which passed Thursday with bipartisan...

  • Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

    May 17, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline.

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak, that he was directed...

  • House subcommittee OKs $680 million for Iron Dome

    April 26, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    A U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee authorized $680 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    The approval came during the Strategic Forces subcommittee’s markup on Thursday of the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. A markup...

  • Napolitano talks security funding cuts with Jewish leaders

    April 18, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, met with leaders of the New York Jewish federation to discuss security for nonprofits in the wake of substantial funding cuts.

    “DHS recognizes the important role the nonprofit community has in our homeland...

  • Komen reverses course on Planned Parenthood, but supporters still hurting

    February 3, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    It took just hours for the protests against Susan G. Komen for the Cure to begin, and they quickly took on the fury and form of a full-blown movement.

    Online petitions were started. Calls poured forth like an avalanche to withhold donations from the organization for its de-funding...

  • Komen foundation cuts funding to Planned Parenthood

    February 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    The Susan B. Komen for the Cure foundation cut funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer testing.

    The foundation said the decision, which was announced Tuesday, was prompted by its ban on dealing with groups under investigation in Congress.

    Planned Parenthood’s defenders say the...

  • Miriam Adelson gives $5 million to Gingrich Super PAC

    January 24, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Miriam Adelson, the wife of casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson, has donated $5 million to a group supporting Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination.

    The donation matches one given earlier this month by her husband to Winning Our Future, an independent...

  • Ex-Mich. Rep. gets year for role in terrorism funding

    January 13, 2012 | 10:44 am

    A former Michigan congressman was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on for assisting a charity accused of funding Hamas and other terrorist groups.

    Mark Siljander, 59,  of Great Falls, Va., was sentenced Wednesday to charges of obstruction of justice and acting as an...

  • UNESCO cut finding for a Palestinian magazine in which a teenage girl appears to express admiration

    December 23, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article earlier this year from a high-school-age contributor in which she describes four role models.

    One of them is Adolf Hitler, who comes to her in a dream and says he killed Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads...

  • Report: Hadassah Medical Center can’t meet payments

    December 22, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    The Hadassah Medical Center has not been able to pay its suppliers, an Israeli business daily has reported.

    Hadassah’s debt to its suppliers is reportedly about $2.65 million, according to the Calcalist, a publication of Yediot Achronot.

    The Hadassah Medical Center does not...

  • Baltimore-area philanthropies changing the way they fund day schools

    December 21, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Two Baltimore-based philanthropies are paring down a coordinated tuition grant program for area Jewish day schools but will still be giving to the schools.

    The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation along with the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore made the...

  • 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...

  • UCLA Orthodox program raises funds, but need continues

    December 7, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    More than 100 students, alumni and parents raised $23,000 for UCLA’s JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) during a Nov. 18 fundraiser, contributing roughly a quarter of the $100,000 that the program now needs to raise annually to ensure its continuing presence on the...

  • Germany doubling its funding to Jewish community

    November 28, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Germany will double its funding to the Central Council of Jews in Germany to about $13 millon.

    The decision, which broke last week in the mainstream news before being publicly announced, follows negotiations that began a year ago with the election of Dieter Graumann, a businessman...

  • 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...

  • Israel cuts tax payments to Palestinian Authority

    November 4, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Israel has suspended $100 million in tax payments to the Palestinian Authority.

    Israeli officials had threatened to cut off payments entirely if Palestine was admitted into UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency. Palestine was recognized as a state at UNESCO earlier this week...

  • Israel to halt UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

    November 3, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Israel said on Thursday it would freeze its funding to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO following the group’s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership.

    A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said UNESCO’s decision this week damaged chances of...

  • Canada will not make up UNESCO shortfall, minister says

    November 2, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Canada’s foreign affairs minister said his country would continue paying dues to UNESCO but would not offer the agency any additional money.

    John Baird said Wednesday that his government would not offer any additional voluntary payments to help offset the shortfall after the United...

  • Granger warns UNESCO: Admit Palestinians, lose funding

    October 6, 2011 | 9:28 am

    A top congressional appropriator, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.

    The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations on Wednesday allowed to...

  • Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma

    October 4, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers...

  • GOP, Democratic appropriators agree on funding for Israel

    July 26, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    House Republican and Democratic appropriators said assistance to Israel would continue at existing levels, although they agreed on little else.

    U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee, in a joint statement with Rep. Kay...

  • Obama administration argues for PA aid

    July 14, 2011 | 10:16 am

    The Obama administration argued in Congress for continued funding for the Palestinian Authority.

    “We are helping the PA to improve public services, increase the capacity of their justice sector, put in place critical infrastructure, and meet urgent humanitarian needs,” Jacob Walles,...

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