More J Street Silliness

When are Israeli leaders going to get smart about American Jews? Not soon, if their clumsy efforts to brand J Street an anti-Israel group are any measure.

Daniel Sieradski's Five Innovative Jewish Web Sites

Daniel Sieradski is a blogger, Jewish social entrepeneur and digital strategist for Jewish non-profits. In January, Sieradski published 31 Days, 31 Ideas, a blog featuring 31 ideas for new Jewish initiatives. 

You can read it at
Take Five asked Sieradski to list five innovative Jewish Web sites. 

Gridlock in Washington: Let's blame ourselves

I was much taken with Washington Post business writer Steve Pearlstein's column today.  Pearlstein had the audacity to point to two of the biggest reasons for the political and legislative gridlock in Washington – an electorate that demands completely contradictory things from the people it elects, and a president who apparently lacks the backbone to tell it like it is.  (See t

JCPA Civility Resolution (UPDATED)

[The measure passed unanimously. Let's see what comes of it]

Among the issues to be debated at the annual plenary of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs next week is what the umbrella group considers a growing loss of common ground and tendency to disagree stridently among groups that ostensibly have the same agenda of concern for Israel and the Jewish people.

Keith Ellison, Gaza and what it means to be "anti-Israel"

I keep getting emails and reading blogs about the infamous “Ellison letter” - the congressional letter to President Obama urging him to press Israel to lift the Gaza blockade (many of the writers put the word “blockade” in quotation marks, as if it bears no connection to reality).

The Many Kinds Of Intermarriage

 The last Super Bowl I watched was in 1980, when I was in third grade. I know the Steelers won, but that’s about all I can tell you.

What are New Israel Fund critics afraid of?

As the controversy over grantees of the New Israel Fund and their alleged role in supplying information used by the Goldstone Report on the Gaza war rages here and in Israel, I can't help but wonder this: what are the critics so afraid of?

There's an irony here. Unlike its adversaries in the Middle East, Israel actually has a vigorous, outspoken and independent  human rights movement  willing and able to critically examine the actions of its own government. That's a good thing, right?

The Jerusalem Embassy Act and other pro-Israel political games

Is this news, or just restating the obvious?

This week President Obama invoked waive provisions of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which requires the State Department to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

U.S. policy has always been that the status of Jerusalem is a matter for negotiations with the Palestinians, and that moving the embassy before that would compromise this country's ability to serve as an effective peace mediator.

New Air Force Chief a MOT

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Remember the recent controversy over proselytizing at the U.S. Air Force Academy? And charges by some groups that the service branch has become a very uncomfortable place for religious minorities, including Jews? That could change with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ appointment last week of a new Air Force chief. His pick: Lt. General Norton Schwartz, a 1973 Air Force Academy graduate, onetime cargo aircraft pilot and official Member of the Tribe.

Regulation and Amnesia

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Isn’t it interesting how Democrats and Republicans alike have turned “regulation” into the foulest of political expletives – but as soon as things go bad, complain that the regulators weren’t on the job?
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