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Israel Advocacy On Campus (program at JCC)

Friday, August 21st, 2009 ISRAEL ADVOCACY ON CAMPUS:: The Strength of Standing Together   Speaker: Micah Halpern   SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009 6:30-8:30 PM JCC OF MANHATTAN AMSTERDAM AVE. & 76TH STREET   REFRESHMENTS BY KOSHER ITALIAN NOIDUE RESTAURANT   ADMISSION IS FREE

The Worst Pogrom In History - 80 Years After

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 Here’s some more on Hebron from Lubavitch.com, related to this week’s Media column.   Other pogroms may have had higher death totals but no pogrom was more barbaric.   Although the massacre took place at the end of August, the yahrtzeit for the Hebron martyrs is Av 17.  

The Illusion Of Sanctuary

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Our little bungalow in the Catskills isn’t much. A scarce one-bedroom dwelling with a shared porch, a single air-conditioner that only serves its purpose when the temperature is below 90, a circa-70s kitchen that doubles as the second bedroom and a bathroom that is probably better left undescribed. It seems to be a highly recommended tourist destination for flies and ants.

 

More on Sidney Zion

Friday, August 14th, 2009 Check this out, Navasky on Sidney, in The Tablet.

The Jewish Week political insider is taking a break

Friday, August 14th, 2009 The Political Insider is going off the grid for a week.  We’ll catch up with you after August 23.

What “most read/most e-mailed” boxes reveal

Friday, August 14th, 2009 Those “most read/most emailed” boxes that have become fixtures on most newspaper Web sites can be pretty scary for reporters and editors. More often than not,  the stories we consider the most important don’t make the cut, while journalistic fluff – the latest adventures of J.Lo, or silly little stories about fads and fashion – fill out the top rungs of the ratings, along with stories about practical economics.

Reform Jews also cranking up health care reform action

Friday, August 14th, 2009 Since I’ve been talking a lot about health care reform in the last few days, here’s another item: the Reform movement has launched its own site to serve as a resource for Jewish activists who want to see some kind of universal health plan passed this year, out-of-control town meetings notwithstanding.

The More Things Change … (A Visit To Avenue J)

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

In 1978, my family made aliyah.

 

At least it felt that way. After growing up in an area of Bensonhurst with a bare-bones Jewish community, where my brother and I sometimes faced anti-Semitism on the streets and the idea of a kosher restaurant seemed like something out of a dream, I found myself at age 12 in Midwood, the most Jewish part of Flatbush.

 

RJC, NJDC weigh in on health reform. But where are the Jews?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 So what do you suppose the Republican Jewish Coalition, a group’s that’s partisan with a capital “P,” thinks about the Democrats’ health insurance reform plans and the administration’s strong support? C’mon, take a wild guess. Stumped?  They’re against it, just about as much as the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is for it. This is what the RJC had to say in an action alert today today:

Parsing Obama’s words — all 670,000 of them

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 You don’t need to be political guru Larry Sabato to know that President Obama is trying to keep his focus on a handful of key domestic issues and away from an unpopular war in Iraq and the deepening conflict in Afghanistan, both inheritances from the last administration. Today’s Politico has a fascinating study looking at exactly what the president has said since his inauguration, word by word — all half-million plus of them
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