War

Jewish Groups Urge Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

05/25/2010

(JTA) A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations is urging Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

The coalition, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, sent a letter Tuesday to Congress.

Jewish groups to Congress: repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy on gays in the military

This just in: as the Obama administration continues to dither, a group of ten Jewish groups is asking Congress to repeal the “Don't Ask Don't Tell” policy on gays in the military.

Jewish Community Relations Council Lauds Hyphenated Americans

05/25/2010

With all due humility, Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes said, “I’m a boy from Ohio — really a goy from Ohio — who’s introducing an African American woman for a Jewish award.”

Ailes introduced H. Mitsy Wilson, senior vice president of diversity development at the News Corporation, who accepted the Corporate Leader Award from Janice Shorenstein, outgoing president of the Jewish Community Relations Council last week at the Pierre Hotel.

Singer Shai Terry, left, with IDF band members Maya Itzkovich, trumpet, and Shiri Frumkin, clarinet.

A Hall Of Heroes

Commack JCC spotlights role of Jews in the military; servicewomen’s exhibit to begin soon.

05/21/2010
Staff Writer

 It’s home to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, where such outstanding athletes as Mark Spitz and Sandy Koufax are immortalized as  hero athletes. 

Now the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack is trumpeting  an exhibit featuring another kind of hero -- Jewish members of the U.S. military from World War II to the present day.

“A lot of times we make heroes out of sports people, but these are the real heroes, the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday,” said Alan Freedman, the Y’s associate executive director.

A Hall Of Heroes

Commack JCC spotlights role of Jews in the military; servicewomen’s exhibit to begin soon.

05/21/2010
Staff Writer

 It’s home to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, where such outstanding athletes as Mark Spitz and Sandy Koufax are immortalized as  hero athletes. 

Now the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack is trumpeting  an exhibit featuring another kind of hero -- Jewish members of the U.S. military from World War II to the present day.

“A lot of times we make heroes out of sports people, but these are the real heroes, the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday,” said Alan Freedman, the Y’s associate executive director.

Staff Sgt. Helen Trachtenberg Fischman, above, served as a stateside journalist for an Army newspaper during WW II.

With New Manifesto, Left Looks To Recharge

‘Peace camp’ grasping for a new vision and way out of political wilderness.

05/21/2010
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The post-Sabbath demonstration in Jerusalem’s Zion Square this week was a metaphor for the political wilderness that the Israeli “peace camp” finds itself in these days. 

Many held blue and white placards reading “Zionists Aren’t Settlers” and “Stop Settling.” Others held up banners of the dovish group Peace Now.   

An Orthodox Reform Jew

Although best known for founding the left-wing Rabbis for Human Rights,
Rabbi David Forman defied ideological pigeonholing.

05/21/2010
Staff Writer

 Over lunch several years ago, across a table at a Manhattan kosher restaurant from a middle-aged rabbi with a graying beard, large knit kipa and critical opinions about the spiritual life of most American Jews, I told my guest to ‘fess up.

“You can tell me the truth,” I said to Rabbi David Forman. “You’re really an Orthodox rabbi.”

Rabbi David Forman characterized himself this way: “Politically, I’m liberal; religiously I’m traditional.”

With New Manifesto, Left Looks To Recharge

‘Peace camp’ grasping for a new vision and way out of political wilderness.

05/18/2010
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The post-Sabbath demonstration in Jerusalem’s Zion Square this week was a metaphor for the political wilderness that the Israeli “peace camp” finds itself in these days.

Many held blue and white placards reading “Zionists Aren’t Settlers” and “Stop Settling.” Others held up banners of the dovish group Peace Now.  

About 2,000 dovish Israelis turned out Saturday night in Jerusalem’s Zion Square as the left tries to gain new traction. Getty

Lost In Time In The World’s Oldest City

05/18/2010
JTA

Jericho, West Bank — The only thing I really knew about Jericho before I went there a few weeks ago for the first time was that when the second intifada began in 2000, a friend of mine stationed there as an Israeli soldier came under heavy Palestinian gunfire.

Returning fire, he hit a transformer near the casino, inadvertently but indefinitely knocking out electricity to the entire town.

A decade passed during which I ignored the place. It was easy, with Jericho being so out of the way in the Jordan Valley.

Ali Qleibo picks oranges near his Jericho home.

Whose Jerusalem?

05/18/2010

In his May 7 Opinion piece, “On Jerusalem Day, Don’t Write Off Liberals,” Rabbi David Gordis betrays his bias almost immediately.
While proclaiming his support for Israel, he has in reality adopted the Palestinian propaganda line when he refers to the “future status of Jerusalem including its ‘conquered’ Palestinian neighborhoods.”

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