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B’nai B’rith endorses House health plan, Lieberman sticks it to the Dems

Friday, October 30th, 2009 Several major  Jewish groups, apparently pressured by lay leaders who don’t want sweeping health care reform with a public option, have backed off as the debate rages in Washington.  

New ADL poll: anti-Semitism down, but don't get too comfortable

There's a new Anti-Defamation League poll out, and as usual its good news is tempered by warnings that things aren't as rosy as they seem.

The nationwide survey of Americans showed that anti-Semitic attitudes are at the lowest level in recorded history – or at least as long as ADL has been recording them.

Only 12 percent of Americans “hold anti-Semitic views,” a decline from 15 percent  two years ago.  By way of contrast, 29 percent had anti-Semitic views in 1964.

The Last Word on J Street

Some observations on the J Street national conference October 28th, 2009

In 23 years, I’ve been to approximately a million and a half pro-Israel meetings – left, right and center.   This week’s J Street meeting in Washington, the dovish group’s first national gathering and one that was inevitably compared to AIPAC’s perennially lavish policy conference, and on that scale, it was puny.  (Read my story on what comes next for J Street here).

Jewish Republicans jump on Hagel appointment to intelligence panel

I was wondering how long it would take for Obama administration opponents in the Jewish community to respond to today’s announcement that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) will co-chair the Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that provides recommendations to the President on key intelligence matters.

Answer: not very long, An hour after the announcement was made at the White House, the Republican Jewish Coalition weighed in with a release that pointed out the reasons a lot of pro-Israel groups will choke on the Hagel appointment.

Teach Your Children Well, Indeed

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the  evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.

 

New ADL poll: anti-Semitism down, but don’t get too comfortable

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 There’s a new Anti-Defamation League poll out, and as usual the good news is tempered by warnings that things aren’t as rosy as they seem.  

J Street, and Mom’s Yahrtzeit

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 “And Rachel… had hard labor… it came to pass as her soul was departing… Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Efrata (Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave, the same as is on Rachel’s grave until this day.”   This week, Heshvan 11 (Thursday, Oct. 29) is that day of Mother Rachel’s passing. I just might light a candle. That’s what family does. I’m her kid.

Maccabi Coach Apologizes To Knicks

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 October 27, 2009   JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli basketball coach apologized for making a scene after being ejected from his team’s exhibition game against the New York Knicks.   Pini Gershon, head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, delayed the Oct. 18 game in Madison Square Garden for about 10 minutes when he refused to leave the court after being ejected with two technical fouls.  

Prayer And Popularity

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I have never prayed as hard or as often in my life as I have over the past few weeks.

 

Jewish Republicans jump on Hagel appointment

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 I was wondering how long it would take for Obama administration opponents in the Jewish community to respond to today’s announcement that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) will co-chair the Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that provides recommendations to the President on key intelligence matters.
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