American Jewish Committee

I'm For It Except When I'm Against It

Remember when conservatives were strong supporters of state's rights?  They still are, except when they aren't.  On the issue of abortion, they want to take jurisdiction away from the federal government and give it to the states, where bans are easier to enact.  Guns are another matter.

They want to take gun control authority away from the state and local governments, especially when it comes to carrying concealed weapons.  That's the latest cause of the NRA and the gun lobby.

Israeli NGO Sends Team to Sierra Leone To Help Combat Ebola

09/22/2014

Jerusalem — The Israeli nongovernmental relief organization IsraAID is sending medical professionals to Sierra Leone to help patients who have tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus.

A Bold Voice For Social Justice

Remembering Leonard Fein, co-founder of Moment magazine and a ‘true progressive visionary.’

08/19/2014
Staff Writer

At a seminar hosted about two decades ago by the American Jewish Committee for representatives of the major denominations of Judaism, professor-author-activist Leonard Fein mentioned that he had a still-single daughter.

Leonard Fine receives an award in 2012 from Moment magazine editor Nadine Epstein. JTA

Gaza And American Jews: ‘We Are One?’

07/23/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We Are One!” 

That’s the oft-articulated mantra of American Jewish groups, expressing solidarity on core public-affairs matters, especially those threatening Israel’s security.

Jerome A. Chanes

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/23/2014
Staff Writer

The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

Dermer Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ In U.S. Call On P.A. Unity

06/03/2014

WASHINGTON — In tough language rare for an Israeli diplomat in Washington, Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer said Israel was ‘deeply disappointed’ in the State Department’s decision to continue dealing with the Palestinian Authority now that it has Hamas support.

Silver Modifies Bill Regarding ‘Bigoted’ Boycotts

Tweaks Assembly’s pro-Israel legislation after free speech complaints.

02/12/2014

The State Assembly has modified a much-criticized bill that would bar state funds from being used for groups that boycott Israeli universities.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: Pressured to alter bill. Getty Images

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/22/2014
Editor And Publisher

As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

Jeremy Ben-Ami: Surely We Can Talk

12/18/2013

It’s a sad day when three opinion leaders of the American Jewish community cannot hold a civilized debate on “what it means to be pro-Israel” without one of them storming off the podium. Yet that’s what happened when I sat down with David Harris of the American Jewish Committee and John Podhoretz, who edits Commentary magazine, this week at the 92nd St Y.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Hated At The Human Rights Council

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, tries to hold the UN to its own charter and to fight anti-Israel bias.

10/09/2013
Staff Writer

Hillel Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch, which last month celebrated its 20th anniversary as a human rights NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hillel Neuer: On the lookout for anti-Israei bias at UN. Photo courtesy UN Watch
Syndicate content