American Jewish Committee

Generation Gap On Intermarriage Views

You probably won’t be surprised by one of the key findings of a new study, since it confirms what many of us have been observing for awhile: Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s are much less concerned about intermarriage than are older Jewish leaders.

But you may be surprised that the person (dispassionately) reporting this trend is Jack Wertheimer, a Jewish Theological Seminary professor and frequent contributor to Commentary, in a study for the Avi Chai Foundation.

Curve Ball For Jewish Leaders On Immigration

Some wonder if American Jewry’s traditional empathy for all newcomers could be waning.

10/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the rare issues on which nearly all mainstream Jewish organizations agree — and on which they’ve always believed they had the backing of most American Jews — involves how the United States should treat immigrants, including those who are undocumented.

More than a dozen national agencies, including the congregational arms of all four major branches of Judaism, have publicly announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform, which would go beyond an enforcement-only policy to offer unauthorized residents “a path to citizenship.”

In recent AJC poll, 52 percent of Jews favored Arizona’s tough immigration law, which focuses on an enforcement-only policy.

Still more on the AJC Jewish public opinion survey: unasked questions

I know it seems petty to complain about the American Jewish Committee's annual survey of Jewish public opinion ( the latest was released last week, and got a lot of ink in the Jewish Week.)

Jewish Groups Fight Repeal of Clean Energy Law in Calif.

10/14/2010

(JTA) -- A coalition of Jewish organizations in California is waging a campaign against a ballot proposition they say would hurt efforts to wean the United States off foreign oil.

Proposition 23 effectively would repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act, a California law that established a timetable to bring the state in line with environmental standards set in the Kyoto Protocol. While the United States is not party to that treaty, California has sought to go beyond U.S. requirements and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

More on the AJC poll: are we losing touch with our immigrant past?

As I wrote yesterday, one of the most eye popping statistics in the new AJC Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion was Question 3, which addressed the controversial Arizona law aimed at illegal imm

'Gloom' Factor Sinks Obama's Standing With Jewish Voters

New AJC poll says it's the economy, not Israel, driving down Democratic numbers.

10/12/2010
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama's approval rating among Jewish voters has fallen six points in just seven months, and a surprisingly strong 33 percent of those surveyed say the nation would be better off with a Republican-led Congress, according to a just-released poll of Jewish voters by the American Jewish Committee.

That suggests one of the strongest pillars of the Democratic base is weakening just weeks before critical congressional midterm elections that are expected to result in strong GOP gains.

Sinking poll numbers based more on the economy than Israel

Fallout Continues Over Ground Zero Mosque

TV host returns award to ADL; Wiesenthal Center rabbi says Islamic center's location is "insensitive" as plans move forward.

08/10/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 

The Anti-Defamation League continued to weather harsh public reaction to its position against the Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the 9/11 attack this week.

CNN host and Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, citing the group's mosque position returned the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize that was bestowed on him by the ADL in 2005, along with the $10,000 prize, saying “I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both.”

Cash back: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria shocked the ADL by returning a $10,000 award over the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

Tony Judt: An Appraisal

I remember reading Tony Judt's much maligned essay "Israel: The Alternative" when it was first published, in 2003, and not thinking much of it.  I had known Judt's work since my college days, and even interviewed him at his NYU office for a project I was then working on. But like most, I got to know him through his books and The New York Review of Books, where he published his Israel essay.

From One AJC To Another AJC

08/04/2010
Staff Writer

Lay leaders of the American Jewish Congress appear to have one motto: “Never say die.”

Despite closing their offices and discharging 10 staffers last month as part of a reorganization,” the group’s president and at least one board member said they still believe the organization could rebound. But it will have to do it without Marc Stern, its general counsel for 11 years and the man who served as co-executive director for the past two year. 

Committee man: Marc Stern changes addresses.
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