American Jewish Committee

Relief Over Jerusalem Passport Case

Limited High Court ruling seen by pro-Israel community as preserving some congressional role in foreign policy.

06/09/2015

Washington — Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep “Israel” off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a “delicate subject.”

Menachem Zivotofsky, left, with his father Ari, second from left, and attorneys Aliza Lewin and Nat Lewin.  JTA

Anti-Semitic, Right-Wing Attacks Rise In Germany

05/11/2015

Berlin — A major increase in anti-Semitic and right-wing violent attacks in Germany is “extremely worrying,” according to the country’s interior minister.

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
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