American Jewish Committee

A Nosh And A Walk

The American Jewish Committee offers a walking tour of the old neighborhood to more than 100 world diplomats.

05/14/2013
Associate Editor

It may have been the folksiest diplomatic rendezvous since the Roosevelts had the King of England over for hot dogs in the Hyde Park backyard.

Diplomats visit the Lower East Side, including a stop at the Bialystoker Shul, right, as part of AJC program.

Religious Dress Codes Vs. Human Rights?

Non-chasidic support for Satmar in modesty fight against city.

04/17/2013
Associate Editor
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For years, the modest dress of Satmar chasidim, and their request that visitors dress in kind, was seen by some non-Jews as Amish-like charming, by some liberal Jews as annoying or religious bullying, and within their own Satmar world as a gentle way to bring holiness to something as ordinary as the length of a sleeve or socks.

Why are haredi dress codes different from those posted at swanky private clubs? Getty Images

Truth Must Have A Place In A Synagogue

04/10/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In a shocking violation of their spiritual obligations as clerics, in an op-ed posted on The Jewish Week website (“Hate Speech Has No Place in a Synagogue”), Rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson defame my work and me, while falsely claiming that I am “defaming fellow Americans of a different Abrahamic religion.” They have obviously never read my work — my columns or my books. They falsely accuse me of hate speech and have the chutzpah to invoke Jewish teachings.

Pamela Geller

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?

10/03/2012
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images

More Bad News For Mitt

In the wake of the Republican presidential candidate’s widely criticized remarks that the 47 percent of Americans who back President Obama are “dependent on government” and don’t pay income tax comes an ominous survey from the American Jewish Commitee.

According to an AJC poll, 69 percent of Florida's Jewish voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Getty Images.

Russian Speakers Get The White House Treatment

Meeting is first visit of its kind for diverse group of Jewish émigrés; election-year politics in the air.

08/14/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

Leaders of New York’s Russian-Jewish community attended a White House meeting last week with their eyes wide open. They knew that election-year politics might have influenced the invitation, several members of the delegation said.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, addresses members of the Russian-Jewish community.

Challenging Ourselves To Consider 'The Other'

05/22/2012

When it comes to addressing the Israeli/Palestinian relationship, it is time for the American Jewish community to take Hillel’s injunction, a pragmatic progenitor of The Golden Rule, more seriously. By challenging ourselves to examine our words and actions from the perspective of “the Other” we might be better equipped to act with the compassion God demands of us.

Obama 61-28 Over Romney In New AJC Poll; Wide Gender Gap In President’s Favor

04/30/2012
Staff Writer

President Barack Obama would receive 61 percent of the Jewish vote compared with just 28 percent for former Gov. Mitt Romney if the election was held now.

Most religiously observant Jews (weekly synagogue-goers) said they plan to re-elect Obama. Two-thirds of Jewish women plan to do the same, compared to 55 percent of Jewish men.

Survey Shows How U.S. Latinos View Jews In America

04/17/2012

A survey by the American Jewish Committee on Latino-Jewish relations shows that positive Latino views about Jews tend to correlate with how much contact Latinos have with Jews, as well as their levels of levels of education, income and acculturation.

Eighteen percent of Latinos in the survey were shown to be highly familiar with Jews and 31 percent were not familiar with them at all.

Remembering Bookie

"Legendary" is the word most often used to describe Hyman Bookbinder, who died this week at the age of 95. 

Hyman Bookbinder
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