(Yet) Another New Name For Federation Umbrella Group

Remember UJA, more formally known as the United Jewish Appeal?

It had, and probably still does have, the most widely known brand name in Jewish communal life.

But when the national organization, founded in 1938, merged with the Council of Jewish Federations a decade ago, they morphed into a new entity and name: UJC, United Jewish Communities, for the umbrella group of North American Federations.

At the time, I was among the many who thought it was unwise to jettison the “UJA” acronym, since it was not only well known but was thought of positively.

Land For Peace, 1954

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 Some think that Israel’s settlements have done nothing for Israel politically. In fact, the settlements have given Israel something to give away. “Land for peace” – in the mouths of most Arabs, the most cynical phrase since Arbeit Macht Frei — requires land. If Israel didn’t have West Bank land, it would be asked to give up other land instead.  

Chol HaMoed At The Coney Sideshow

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 Check out Chol HaMoed at the Coney Island sideshow.

Simchas Torah, 1939

The very latest on the Holocaust allusion beat

Cool: last week Jewish lawmakers, pundits and partisan activists got into an involved discussion about the rules of the English language and how they apply to anything having to do with the term “holocaust,” or “Holocaust.”  Note the caps.  Who knew they were such an erudite bunch?

Is Russia Helping Iran Build Nukes?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The chances of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran in the coming months may have dramatically increased, if a report in The Sunday Times of London last weekend is true.

The Times said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s secret trip to Moscow of Sept. 7 was to meet with President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin and hand over a list of names of Russian scientists helping Iran build nuclear arms.

Simchas Torah, 1939

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 Today is October 6.  

Lulav Ltd.

As holiday rituals go, Sukkot has more than its fair share.


In addition to prayer for dew, the ushpizin and of course the blessing of the four species, I’ve added one of my own.

The Nation: Why People Hate The Liberal Elite

There are plenty of good men and women on the left who’ve begun speaking out against the liberal elites in Hollywood defending Roman Polanski. Perhaps this shows that there’s a chance that some moral leftists, down the road, will also begin to see and expose the rotten flooring beneath the “preening, fatuous” arguments against Israel, as articulated by that other “liberal cultural elite” on college campuses and in the White House.

If You’re Going To San Francisco

Here’s another film festival — a Jewish film festival — hijacked by anti-Zionist Progressives who do their best Joe Wilson and Kanye imitations, consistently shouting down a pro-Israel speaker.

That was back in July. This week, five Jewish film festival board members resigned,
noting the lack of civility and direction of the festival.

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