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Newest Brew Offers Ethical Buzz

04/26/2010 - 20:00

Saving the world is something people usually leave for after the day’s first, if not second, cup of coffee.
 
Nonetheless, the American Jewish World Service is urging the Jewish community to start focusing on social justice even before the caffeine buzz takes hold.
 

AJWS partnering with fair-trade coffee company.

Rally Here Slams Obama, Jewish Democrats

Organizers of rightist protest say Rep. Weiner asked to speak but was nixed.
04/26/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As the rain came down Sunday and a crowd estimated at about 1,000 people listened to speeches, the organizers of a right-wing rally opposed to President Barack Obama’s policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fielded a request from U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens).
 

Some of the 1,000 or so people who turned out for Sunday’s rally. Photos by Michael Datikash

Why Chabad Hebrew Schools Are A Success

04/26/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last year the Avi Chai Foundation published a watershed study on Hebrew school education. One of the most intriguing findings was the emergence of a new force in this arena: Chabad-Lubavitch. The report, authored by former Jewish Theological Seminary provost Dr. Jack Wertheimer said that Chabad has taken a bold new approach to Hebrew school. Committed teachers, creative curricula, and a new program are infused with excitement and vitality.
 

Rally Here Slams Obama, Jewish Democrats

Organizers of rightist protest say Rep. Weiner asked to speak but was nixed.
04/26/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

As the rain came down Sunday and a crowd estimated at about 1,000 people listened to speeches, the organizers of a right-wing rally opposed to President Barack Obama's policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fielded a request from U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens).

Scene at Sunday rally, which drew an estimated 1000 people. Photo: Michael Datikash

Bomb Plot Spurs Demand For More Security Funds

Pols say reduced sum of $15 million in federal grants is insufficient to guard at-risk urban institutions.
05/28/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the foiled terror plot against two synagogues in Riverdale, local political and Jewish leaders are asking the federal government to increase security funding to urban nonprofit organizations they say are most at risk.
 

The Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program – a Department of Homeland Security initiative that originated in 2005 drastically reduced the total amount of such grants in 2007 from just over $24 million nationwide to $15 million .
 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

The Sotomayor Effect

Growing Jewish-Latino ties could get a bounce as first Hispanic judge joins the Supreme Court.
06/11/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Ever since President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court, Jewish leaders have been speculating about how the appointment of this Bronx-raised Hispanic woman will affect the relationship between the Jewish and Hispanic communities.
 

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s up-by-your-bootstraps story speaks to both the Hispanic and Jewish communities, observers say.

Netanyahu rejects eastern Jerusalem construction freeze

04/21/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected an Obama administration call for a total construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The rejection was conveyed last weekend by Israeli officials to White House officials, the newspaper reported in an article published Thursday.

The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday confirmed the Wall Street Journal report, which was based on Washington diplomatic sources, Israeli media reported.

Justice Dept. again won’t intervene in Rubashkin case

04/20/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday that concerns about the sentencing of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin were best raised with the presiding judge in northern Iowa, Linda Reade, or with local federal prosecutors.

U.S.-Israel Tensions Now Hitting Pulpits

N.Y. area rabbis, some feeling ‘forced,’ wading into rocky political waters; anxiety seen in pews.
04/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As the strain in U.S.-Israel relations continues, some area rabbis who generally don’t mix religion and politics on the pulpit are setting aside those constraints.

“People were asking me and my hand was sort of forced,” said Rabbi Perry Rank, spiritual leader of the Midway Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue in Syosset, L.I. “My sense is that Mr. [Barack] Obama has unnerved the American Jewish community and people are looking for a perspective on the issue.

Rabbis Andrew Bachman and Perry Rank: Taking to pulpit, with differing views of Obama’s policies.
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