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  • Do You See Beyond Your Own Life?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 4, 2012 | 11:03 pm

    I met my friend Michael 20 years ago when we worked at the same company.  I was immediately drawn to him and his kindness.  He is one of those people who exude warmth.  We worked together for about four years, and eventually over time lost touch with each other. 

    We recently...

  • U.S. extends $4 billion in loan guarantees to Israel

    October 25, 2012 | 9:46 am

    The United States extended nearly $4 billion in loan guarantees to Israel through 2016.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his Israeli counterpart Doron Cohen signed the agreement on Wednesday in Washington.

    In 2002, during the global recession, the U.S. had approved $9 billion in loan guarantees that allow Israel to sell bonds internationally with the backing of the United States.

    As part of the deal, Israel also must hit certain economic targets regarding the size of budget deficits and levels of government spending.

  • Can Arnold Schwarzenegger save Washington politics?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Can a Hollywood action hero save Washington politics?

    That seems to be the aim of former California “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who last week launched the new Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at USC with characteristic bravado. 

    “If you don’t have...

  • In Christian version of AIPAC, CUFI draws 5,600 to Washington for pro-Israel lobbying

    July 17, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Seven years on, many Jews still have lingering questions about the addition to the pro-Israel lobbying scene of Christians United for Israel, the project of evangelical leader Rev. John Hagee.

    Hagee believes he has a biblical mandate to press on and is undeterred.

    “As Isaiah...

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  • Nathan Diament bestrides Orthodox, Washington worlds

    July 10, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Nathan Diament learned two things 22 years ago while watching Barack Obama play pickup basketball at the Harvard Law School gym.

    “He was a generous passer,” he said of the school’s Law Review editor and the future U.S. president. “He was competitive, but at an appropriate...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • Washington letter to go back on display

    May 10, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    A 1790 letter by George Washington decrying bigotry to a synagogue in Rhode Island will go back on public display for the first time in a decade.

    In the letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Washington said that America would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no...

  • Iron Dome: Israeli necessity, American priority, strategic imperative

    May 8, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    For years, Sderot was a city under siege, the target of non-stop rocket attacks launched by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza. School was halted, synagogues were silenced and in a community defined by courage, the fragments of rockets and mortars – the vehicles of attempted murder...

  • 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...

  • Amos Oz inspires J Street conference in Washington, D.C.

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 28, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a pure tragedy of Greek proportions…because it is a clash between right and right…between two nations who have never known another homeland.”

    So said Amos Oz this week at the opening of the 3rd annual J Street Conference in Washington,...

  • Mission impossible

    By David Suissa

    March 27, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    After spending three days at the J Street conference in Washington, D.C., and hearing one speaker after another talk about the importance of a two-state solution, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jews are blessed with two attributes: one, an unlimited capacity to tolerate the...

  • Contrite and destitute: The new Jack Abramoff

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 8, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    “Former lobbyist and Washington insider — fell into the abyss, working to repent and repair.”

    That economical bio — just 91 characters, including spaces — appears at the top of Jack Abramoff’s Twitter feed, and it only hints at just how hard it is to size up this new...

  • Barak to meet with Panetta in Washington

    February 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials.

    Barak, who left Israel on Monday, is arriving just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet...

  • As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

    February 21, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.

    The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure on the Syrian regime through international...

  • Larry Greenfield to head JINSA

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    Larry Greenfield, a Los Angeles-area native, has been named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington, D.C., JINSA president David Ganz has announced.

    JINSA was founded in 1976 as a non-partisan and non-sectarian think tank and...

  • The Changing Status of Jewish Elected Officials in Washington: Unpacking its Significance

    By Steven Windmueller

    January 23, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.

    Yesterday’s announcement by Representative Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz. 8th District) that she intends to step down from her Congressional seat, is part of an emerging story involving a number of the current Jewish members of the House and Senate, who are...

  • Dems fail in bid to block bill they say rewards Iran-linked mining company

    October 26, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    House Democrats failed in their attempt to block a bill that they say allows a stake in the largest U.S. copper mine to an Iranian-affiliated mining company.

    The bill, backed by Arizona’s Republican delegation, would swap public lands in Arizona with lands owned by Resolution...

  • Opinion: Occupy K Street

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 3, 2011 | 11:00 am

    It’s premature to give the Nobel Peace Prize to those Occupy Wall Street kids.  But it also may be too soon to blow them off as clueless hipsters “with nowhere to go,” as New York Times columnist Charles Blow  did, calling the two weeks “a festival of frustrations, a...

  • Washington state court upholds kosher slaughter law

    August 2, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    A Washington state appellate court ruled against an animal protection group’s bid to strike down as unconstitutional a law protecting religious slaughter.

    The three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals on July 25 was unanimous in rejecting the suit brought by Pasado’s Safe...

  • Upon return from Washington Netanyahu says Israel found support in U.S.

    May 25, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he found “wide American support” during his visit to Washington, after arriving back in Israel on Wednesday.

    “It was an important visit,” Netanyahu said after landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

    “We found wide American support for...

  • Philanthropist Ann Loeb Bronfman dies

    April 6, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Philanthropist Ann Loeb Bronfman, who supported a range of causes through the foundation that she founded and ran, has died.

    Bronfman died Tuesday from complications from emphysema at a hospital in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her five children. She was 78.

    She funded and...

  • Peres reportedly to unveil Bibi peace plan on D.C. visit

    March 31, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is visiting Washington.

    Peres will be in Washington next week, the Israeli embassy said in a release Thursday, and arrangements for meetings with “government leaders” are underway.

    Israeli media have reported that Peres will meet with President Obama...

  • What lesson is Washington giving its Arab allies?

    By Uri Dromi

    February 16, 2011 | 9:28 am

    If I were a fly on the wall in the Sharm al-Sheikh refuge of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, I would probably hear him saying some harsh words. Surely he must feel bitter over the way he was ousted by his own people. However, if I were able to eavesdrop on him calling...

  • Barak meeting top U.S. officials

    February 9, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington meeting top administration officials and Congress members.

    Barak is meeting Wednesday with Dennis Ross, the top Iran policy official in the White House; Tom Donilon, the national security adviser; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...

  • Answering the call to greatness

    January 19, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    On the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, 35 volunteers and 15 Teach For America teachers joined our team in Washington, D.C., to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through a day of service. Together they created thousands of study materials for hundreds of...

  • PA, Israeli officials in D.C., but not in talks

    December 9, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Palestinian and Israeli leaders will not meet for negotiations although they will be in Washington this weekend, the U.S. State Department said.

    “Right now, I’m not anticipating that we would have Israelis and the Palestinians in the same room at this time,” State Department...

  • Kennedy seen as giant on domestic issues, Soviet Jewry

    August 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being remembered in the Jewish community for his huge impact on domestic issues such as education and health care, but also as a giant in the Soviet Jewry movement.

    Kennedy “was one of the earliest, strongest champions on behalf of Soviet...

  • Ron Bloom: Car czar in the Labor Zionist tradition

    August 25, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    By now Ron Bloom’s professional road to becoming the Obama administration’s car czar has been widely reported. Missing from the coverage, however, has been any mention of those formative years at Jewish summer camp.

    Born in New York City and raised in Swarthmore, a suburb of...

  • AIPAC gets ripped from both sides as it navigates Bibi-Obama gaps

    May 7, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    Days after AIPAC’s apparent success navigating the churning waters between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations, the pro-Israel lobby is being criticized by Jewish groups on both sides of the political spectrum.

    Pro-Israel groups on the right and left have assailed the American...

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