American Jewish Committee

Looking Ahead To ’16 Vote, Iran Not On Jews’ Radar

New AJC poll shows deep split on nuke deal, but other issues more important; Hillary is top pick by far.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Managing Editor

Despite a months-long and intense debate in the Jewish community over the Iran nuclear deal — one that consumed organized Jewry and led to a bitter split over what will likely be President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a new poll shows that American Jews appear to have far more pressing issues on their minds than Iran’s nuclear program or the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming choice of Jewish voters for the presidential race. Getty Images

U.S. Jewish Groups Join Recovery Effort After Israeli Church Arson Attack

07/19/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem - Two prominent American Jewish organizations are among those helping a torched Israeli church recover from an arson attack.


Relief Over Jerusalem Passport Case

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

06/08/2015 - 20:00

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

05/10/2015 - 20:00

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

09/21/2014 - 20:00

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.’

08/18/2014 - 20:00
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?’

07/22/2014 - 20:00
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.

07/22/2014 - 20:00
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

06/02/2014 - 20:00

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.

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