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  • 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...

  • L.A. brings its clout to AIPAC

    May 5, 2009 | 10:18 pm

    David Yahudian endured embarrassment and fear growing up in Teheran. On walks in the market, his father ordered him to tuck the Magen David necklace inside his shirt and — even worse — called him by an alias, Ali, rather than by his overtly Jewish name. Following an Israel-Iran...

  • Biden, Kerry call for settlement freeze

    May 5, 2009 | 1:27 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John Kerry pledged to confront Iran and protect Israel, but called on the Jewish state to freeze settlements.

    In their addresses Tuesday on the closing day of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, both said President...

  • Bush friend wins praise for Holocaust Museum role

    December 26, 2008 | 12:22 am

    As a close friend of President Bush and a top Republican Party fundraiser, Fred Zeidman knew that his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council nearly seven years ago looked like a gift from the new president to a political crony.

    So Zeidman stood up at his...

  • I hear you knocking

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 9, 2008 | 11:28 pm


  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • N.J. man accused of spying for Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The arrest this week of a retired a New Jersey man on charges of transmitting classified information to Israel two decades ago shows how the Jonathan Pollard spy case continues to haunt the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Ben-Ami Kadish, a former U.S. Army engineer, was scheduled to appear...

  • Local students go to lobby in D.C., seniors party at ‘senior prom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Local Students Lobby at the Capitol

    A group of University Synagogue religious school students paid a springtime visit to Washington, D.C., where they lobbied senior staff members of Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los...

  • ADL national youth conference inspires and empowers

    By Dani Bahrynian

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    On an overcast afternoon in Washington, D.C., sitting with about 120 other high school students from around the country, I listened to the empowering words of Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum as he described his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. He declared that it wasn't...
  • Prager won’t apologize after slamming Quran in Congress

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Conservative pundit Dennis Prager has come under fire from Muslim and Jewish groups after he attacked an incoming Muslim congressman who plans to bring a Quran to the House swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4.

    But Prager said he stands by statements made in his column published Nov. 28...

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