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New Torah-Based Outreach Seen Energizing Hillel

Conference here explores success of engagement through sacred texts.

06/30/2010
Editor And Publisher

 Dan Smokler, a 31-year-old Yale graduate, ordained rabbi and former labor organizer, wears the mantle of the Jewish campus community’s equivalent of The Great White Hope with an easy grace.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel Brings Jews from Kyrgyzstan

06/21/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel brought 12 Jews from conflict-riven southern Kyrgyzstan to Israel.

The 12 Kyrgyz Jews were brought to Israel on Sunday and were scheduled to attend a welcome ceremony at the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors assembly on Monday along with 650 other new immigrants. They were immediately made Israeli citizens.

Changing Images Muddy Picture Of Zionism, Israel

For young American Jews, it’s a long way from ‘Exodus’ to the separation wall.

05/26/2010
Staff Writer

 In 1960, the film “Exodus” was nominated for three Academy Awards. Based on Leon Uris’ novel about the founding of Israel, it seems hard to believe that such a film, drenched in Jewish military heroism and suffused with Holocaust imagery and Arab aggression, could have such broad and unambiguous appeal. But it did. It not only won an Oscar, it also starred a Hollywood icon, Paul Newman, as the heroic Jewish fighter, and even made a commendable showing at Cannes.

But almost a half-century later, a very different film about Israel won an Oscar nomination. “Waltz With Bashir,” (2008) directed by the Israeli Ari Folman, put a spotlight on the massacres at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps during the first Lebanon War.  

Two images of Israel, two generations: “Exodus” and “Waltz with Bashir.”

Justice Sought Against French Railroad

05/18/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Holocaust survivors met with officials on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation that will help them pursue a lawsuit against a French railroad company.

Leo Bretholz and Mathilde Freund were both refugees from Austria living in Vichy, France during World War II.

To Elie Wiesel, Please Read Me.

By now Elie Wiesel's newspaper advertisment, which attacked Obama's position on east Jerusalem settlements, is well known.  My editor, Gary Rosenblatt, even got an exclusive interivew with Wiesel about it, which is certainly worth a read.  In short, Wiesel's letter basically said that Obama did not understand the signficance Jerusalem has for Jews.  "Jerusalem is above politics," Wiesel noted, which I'm guessing will be remembered by many as an egregious snaf

Feeding The Hungry

11/11/2009

On the news, the economic forecast is improving. The Great Recession technically is over, economists tell us; the stock market is rising; people are spending money, if tentatively. On the ground, the news is less encouraging. Unemployment remains high, with rates passing 10 percent last week, and people are still hurting.

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.

‘Kiddie Korner’ Tackles Adult-Size Day Care Need

Licensed Jewish day care centers, especially ones that take tots under 2, are shockingly rare.

10/29/2009

Little Wylie Berman, heeding nature’s call, was christening (so to speak) Kiddie Korner’s new changing table. Hands — and tush —on.

September’s dedication ceremony for the new Chabad day care center in Brooklyn Heights had just ended, the ribbon duly cut by local Rep. Yvette Clarke, and the doors opened to the parents and their children who were to populate it.

Gonzo Berman, 11-month-old Wylie’s dad who handled the diapering, pronounced the infant room’s table good.

At a new Chabad day care facility, teacher Menucha Aron kneads “challah” with toddlers

Downturn Blunting Jewish Fight Over Obama Budget Proposal

Some wealthy donors see President Obama’s budget as “class warfare against the rich,” a Jewish activist said.

03/04/2009
Washington Correspondent

The budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress last week, a call to dramatically change U.S. spending priorities in the face of the worst economic downturn in generations, will touch off political trench warfare in Congress — and possibly new conflict between Jewish organizations that welcome the plan and influential major donors who could get hit with big tax increases.

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