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  • Making the Case for a Jewish State

    By James D. Besser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in more than 100 communities across the nation gathered on Sunday, March 24, to show their support for Israel -- a welcome, if hastily organized, expression of solidarity as the Jewish state faces continuing terrorism and an increasingly treacherous diplomatic climate.

    The same...

  • Washington Reassesses

    By James D. Besser

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Bush administration, reeling from a week of explosive developments on the troubled Israeli-Palestinian front, is reexamining even its limited efforts to win a cease-fire in the 16-month-old intifada.

    That reassessment -- that resulted in this week's indefinite postponement of a...

  • Big Questions for a New Year

    By James D. Besser

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a new year, but the world and nation are still agonizing over a lot of old problems. President George W. Bush has promised that the long, hard fight against terrorism has just begun, but it is far from clear exactly what the next phase in that war will be. At home, a faltering...

  • Israeli VIPs Need to Branch Out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While New York, Washington and -- to a slightly lesser degree -- Los Angeles are inundated by visiting Israeli Cabinet ministers and other VIPs, other major American cities and Jewish communities are all but ignored.

    The charge has been leveled by Alon Pinkas, the Israeli consul...

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  • Arab, Muslim Leaders Want Linkage

    By James D. Besser

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A parade of Arab and Muslim leaders is passing through Washington, promising support for the U.S.-led effort against terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden -- but also urging the administration to press harder for a cease-fire and new negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

    This...

  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • New—and Risky—Game for Mideast

    By James D. Besser

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The devastating terrorist attacks in Washington and New York changed everything in America, and the repercussions of what President George W. Bush is calling the "first war of the 21st century" will be felt throughout the Middle East, as well.

    Already, the crisis has knocked the...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

  • Ideological Insults

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

  • Just the Beginning

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    This week's coordinated terror attacks on commercial and governmental sites in New York and Washington have stunned terrorism experts in their scope and sophistication -- and prompted dire warnings that more could be in store for American citizens.

    Daniel Pipes, who has written...

  • Empathy in Tragedy

    By David Landau

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's civilian and military authorities swung into full alert after the magnitude of the terror attacks against the United States became apparent.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summoned an emergency session of the Security Cabinet on Tuesday, together with key defense and security...

  • Words of Solace

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis in the L.A. area responded to the tragedies in New York and Washington D.C., by making common cause with Israel and finding lessons from Jewish history.

    No retreat
    by Harold M. Schulweis

    From the American Jewish community perspective, this week's terrorism creates at least...

  • Jewish Groups on Stem Cell Debate

    By Sharon Samber

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "When does life begin?" is not your standard political question, but it's forcing the debate behind one of the hottest topics in Washington -- stem cell research.

    As President Bush ponders whether to allow federal funding for research using stem cells from discarded human embryos,...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's terrorist bombing of a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden may boost a new anti-terrorism bill introduced early in the month by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

    The new legislation is intended to implement the...

  • Seasons of Reinterpretation

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The world has an odd habit, alert readers have noticed, of exploding in springtime, smack in the middle of the Season of our Liberation. Sometimes these explosions disrupt those carefully laid Passover plans in the most annoying way. At other times, Passover just gains new meaning....
  • Washington Report

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It may be the worst of times for Christian right groups -- which could be good news for Jewish leaders.

    The Christian Coalition, once a surging force in state and national politics, is in disarray, and a leadership vacuum threatens the group's hard-won gains. In the 106th Congress,...

  • Washington Report

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Since childhood my father had always introduced me as his "Kaddish." It wasn't until my teens that I realized the implication of that honor. Upon his death 53 years ago, I went to a local synagogue morning and night for 11 months. It was a tiny shul near the intersection of La...
  • Barak: Don’t Write Off American Jews

    By James D

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The revived Syrian-Israeli talks, which began this week in Washington, could be yet another false start on the twisting road to peace. Or the two countries could move with blinding speed to conclude an agreement that will transfer the Golan Heights back to Syrian control.

    Israeli...

  • Jockeying for Position

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The luncheon menu reflected the confusion this week at the Washington policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group better known as AIPAC. The main course was hummus, falafel and baba ganoush, a Mediterranean medley that...
  • AIPAC Adapts

    By James D

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    That squeak audible over Washington this week was the sound of the pro-Israel lobby turning on a dime.

    Stung by criticism by some Labor leaders of a longstanding pro-Likud tilt, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), began a quick readjustment at this week's annual...

  • Overshadowed Again

    By James D

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Going Their Ways

    By Tom Tugend

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    That squeak audible over Washington this week was the sound of the pro-Israel lobby turning on a dime.

    Stung by criticism by some Labor leaders of a longstanding pro-Likud tilt, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), began a quick readjustment at this week's annual...

  • Opportunity Missed

    By James D

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As U.N. weapons inspectors returned to Iraq this week and U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf stood down from high alert, the world breathed a sigh of relief after yet another race to the brink with Saddam Hussein.

    But many Jewish leaders were fuming about what they saw as one more...

  • Power, Politics & People

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    J.J. Goldberg writes regularly for The Jewish Journal.

     

    Dress Reversal

    How a certain cocktail dress could determine the future of Middle East diplomacy

    Sitting in the lobby of...

  • Yeasty Mix at UJA Conference

    By James D

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was a moment that almost perfectly defined thisweek's United Jewish Appeal young leadership conference inWashington. In one section of the vast Washington Hilton ballroom,hundreds of young Jews were intently listening as special U.S. peaceenvoy Dennis Ross and Israeli Ambassador...

  • Foreign Aid as Shell Game

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was, if you listenedcarefully, an undertone of anxiety beneath the hoopla last month,when Israel laid out plans to wean itself off U.S. economic aid.While politicians and pundits celebrated Israel's generous offer togive up its $3 billion-a-year entitlement, some Jewish...
  • As Bibi Smiles, the Palestinians Sweat

    By Larry Derfner

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the record, the Netanyahu administration isexpecting business as usual from President Clinton, despite histroubles with the likes of Monica Lewinsky.

    "I have no doubt that President Clinton willcontinue to be personally involved in the peace process as he hasbeen up until now,"...

  • Other Voices

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing so intoxicating as when a mentor singles you out,shining the warm light of approval all over you.

    When that mentor is an older man and you, the student, a youngwoman, you've just mixed up a potent sexual-charge cocktail. Don'tdrive home. Your depth perception is...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Thoughts of Monica Lewinsky consumed me thisweek. Her name, her face, the too intimate details of her life. Icouldn't escape the 24-year-old former White House intern whoseallegations against the president have brought on the worst politicalcrisis of the decade. No matter how much I...

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