Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.


This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.”


Helping Hands And Mixed Feelings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As I sit in my Manhattan office and write this, my two teenagers are spending part of their isru chag day off from school dismantling the sukkah and returning it to long-term shed storage. I resist the urge to micromanage by calling them up to advise how to angle the metal poles to fit diagonally in the shed.


Do Words Speak Louder Than Actions?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The deadline for nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 2.


That’s about 12 days into the Obama Administration. So it would be hard to argue that those who intended for President Barack Obama to win were judging him by his accomplishments, unless you consider his election itself through a highly skilled campaign a contribution to world peace.


Arafat, Neville, Did More For Peace Than Obama

Friday, October 9th, 2009 I don’t get it, how did Obama get the peace prize and not Chamberlain? At least Chamberlain came home from Munich with a piece of paper. And don’t dismiss the prize because Arafat won it. Don’t compare Obama’s accomplishments to Arafat’s. That’s not fair to Arafat. At least Arafat had the Oslo Accords to show for himself.  (That’s pretty grim, when you compare Obama to Arafat and Arafat comes out more worthy of the prize.)

George Mitchell’s latest Middle East adventures

Special envoy George Mitchell’s latest adventure in Middle East peacemaking seems to be getting off to a typically murky start.

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.

(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.

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?

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