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  • ‘House’ showcases the art of futuristic Israeli dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 19, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Longtime Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar first met when Behar was throwing legendary underground raves in Tel Aviv, and Eyal was a performer with Batsheva Dance Company. She went to the parties to let loose and dance.

    “At one point, we just fell in love,” Behar...

  • House bill would defund colleges that back Israel boycotters

    February 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Universities that “significantly fund” groups that boycott Israeli academic institutions would be ineligible for federal funds under legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Under the bill proposed Thursday by Reps. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief deputy whip...

  • Government shutdown over, Iran sanctions force back at full strength

    October 17, 2013 | 9:54 am

    The U.S. government returned to work, and officials who track Iran sanctions compliance were working at a full complement.

    Hundreds of thousands of government employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1 returned to work on Thursday after Republicans in the House of...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

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  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

    The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively...

  • Editorial Cartoon: House half full

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 30, 2013 | 2:56 pm

    House

  • Jewish groups praise fiscal cliff deal, remain concerned about future cuts

    January 3, 2013 | 9:24 am

    While not totally satisfied with the results, many Jewish groups have come out in support of Congress’ last minute efforts to reach a fiscal cliff deal.

    Linda Slucker, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, said her organization welcomed the part of the deal that...

  • House, Senate pass final Iran sanctions enhancement

    August 2, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Congress approved a broad array of new sanctions targeting Iran, and the White House suggested it would implement them.

    The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate each passed the final version of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act on Wednesday—the House by a...

  • House considering Jewish refugees bill

    August 1, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

    Their bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also would recognize other...

  • House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions [UPDATE]

    July 31, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions, and President Obama announced new sanctions targeting fronts for Iran.

    “This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...

  • House leadership, following ban on commemorative resolutions, blocks Munich 11 vote

    July 26, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    The House Republican leadership blocked a vote calling for a moment of silence to memorialize Israeli athletes and coaches slain at the 1972 Olympics.

    Resolution 663 was not voted on this week in the U.S. House of Representatives because the body’s leadership does not allow what...

  • Chicago Chabad House avoids foreclosure

    June 28, 2012 | 10:56 am

    A Chicago Chabad House avoided foreclosure by filing for bankruptcy.

    The brownstone housing the Lubavitch Chabad of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park was to have gone on the auction block Wednesday, but the bankruptcy filing this week gave Chabad additional time to repay a bank...

  • In first, bipartisan House letter seeks Pollard’s release

    June 12, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Congressional Democrats and Republicans are joining forces for the first time in an effort to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release.

    A bipartisan letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to commute...

  • House rejects increase to U.S.-Israel energy cooperation funding

    June 8, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a Democratic procedural motion to the energy appropriations bill that would have provided additional funds for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation programs.

    The motion to recommit the legislation back to the Appropriations Committee would have...

  • House committee to hold hearing on Chasidic Jew held in Bolivia

    June 6, 2012 | 10:46 am

    The House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee will hold a hearing about the plight of a Chasidic Jew from Brooklyn being held in a Bolivian jail.

    New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher has been on a hunger strike for nearly two months until he is either put on trial to defend...

  • House explicitly counts out Iran war nod in bill

    May 18, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives explicitly stated that tough measures it recommended for Iran in a major defense bill did not authorize war.

    “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against Iran,” said an amendment to the National Defense...

  • House rejects Iran ‘containment’

    May 15, 2012 | 5:37 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution that rejects containment of a nuclear Iran.

    The non-binding resolution that passed Tuesday evening “strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, rejects...

  • House passes enhanced Israel cooperation bill

    May 10, 2012 | 8:30 am

    The U.S House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances U.S. policy commitments to Israel’s security.

    The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric...

  • 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...

  • House committee to propose Iron Dome boost

    April 23, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    The House Armed Services Committee reportedly is proposing $680 million in additional funds for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    A number of news outlets reported over the weekend that the Republican-majority Armed Services Committee plans to increase the funding in...

  • Hopeful Dems eye top committee spots

    April 17, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Amid the election season tumult, behind-the-scenes campaigns are also under way for who will be the next top Democrats on two key congressional committees — with Jewish lawmakers in the running for both leadership slots.

    Two veteran congresswomen, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and...

  • House members urge Obama to advance 2-state solution

    April 12, 2012 | 7:41 am

    A J Street-backed letter from 74 Congressional lawmakers urged President Obama to reaffirm support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    The members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, signed on to what was the key agenda item during J Street’s advocacy...

  • Netanyahu seeks delay in Hebron home eviction

    April 3, 2012 | 8:18 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a delay in the eviction of Jewish settlers who moved into an Arab-owned home near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

    Netanyahu on Monday evening asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak for the delay until the several dozen settlers...

  • Rabbi Michael Lerner’s home vandalized again

    December 21, 2011 | 10:51 am

    The northern California home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun magazine, was vandalized for the fourth time in the last year.

    In an e-mail sent to Tikkun supporters, Lerner said that on Tuesday evening, two black-hooded men pasted signs on the outside of his...

  • House committee chair places hold on Palestinian aid

    October 3, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is holding back nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.

    Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is keeping her House of Representatives committee from considering approval of $192 million in...

  • Tooth Fairy money and other useless artifacts of choice…

    By Julia Bendis

    August 2, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    Apparently, The Tooth Fairy is going through tough economic times too.  10% of children did not receive any money this year, and 7% received less than a dollar.  Are you kidding me?  First of all, I don’t understand the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing as it is.  In what messed up...

  • Giffords votes in House; colleague says preparations readying for re-election run

    August 2, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Following her dramatic return to Congress for the first time since she was shot, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced that she would run for re-election in 2012.

    Giffords (D-Ariz.) made the announcement Tuesday morning on “The Early Show.” The CBS program promptly tweeted the...

  • Gabrielle Giffords returns to House, votes for debt limit deal [VIDEO]

    August 1, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    From CBS.com:

    Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona made a surprise return to Washington Monday to vote in favor of an agreement to raise the debt limit.

    “Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis,” her office said in a Tweet.

    Lawmakers offered Giffords a standing ovation on the House floor when she showed up in the chamber.

    Read more at CBSNews.com.

  • House committee set to pass tougher conditions for PA aid

    July 19, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    A House committee is expected to advance a bill that would and toughen conditions for funding for the Palestinians.

    The U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee is likely to approve the measure, which also mandates moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, on Wednesday....

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
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