As President Barack Obama pumps new energy into what had been a moribund peace process, Jewish leaders are voicing concern that his line in the sand against new Israeli construction on the West Bank is unmatched by a concrete, reciprocal demand from the Palestinians.
Although Obama, in his address to the Muslim world from Cairo last week, emphasized the need to abandon violence and for Israel’s enemies to accept its right to exist, some fear the pressure on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will send a different message.
New Jersey Jews faced the largest number of anti-Semitic acts in America in 2008, followed by California, marking the first time since the Anti-Defamation League began keeping statistics that New York did not lead the nation in such crime.
Anti-Semitic acts across the country fell by 7 percent in the ADL’s Annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents — the fourth annual decline — with New York seeing a steep drop of more than 40 percent, from 351 to 207. That marked a decrease nearly six times greater than the national average.
The National Jewish Democratic Council will hold a series of events Sunday and Monday to mark the inauguration of Barack Obama, featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta. N.Y. Minute offered NJDC Executive Director Ira Forman a chance to gloat after eight years heading up the Jewish opposition.
Q: So, it must feel pretty good to be a Democrat now, with your party controlling the White House and Congress.
In the weeks since the Mumbai terrorist attack, the Chabad movement has directed contributions from supporters primarily to two campaigns: One to aid the child whose emissary parents were slain, and another to rebuild the badly damaged outreach center and re-establish operations there, which could cost as much as $1 million, according to a Chabad estimate.
But at the same time, some Chabad leaders are acting on their own to secure funds and resources to make dozens of Chabad houses in far-flung outposts safer.
As they mourned a rabbi and his wife murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, officials of the Chabad Lubavitch worldwide outreach movement were encouraging their emissaries in other parts of the world to stay strong and continue their mission.
"You know how to face adversity and challenges," said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at a press conference in Crown Heights Brooklyn that was televised around the world. " Keep strong and continue to forge ahead with courage and fortitude in the service of our people and mankind to make this a better place to live for all."
Police officials are assessing whether pro-Iran groups might retaliate against Jewish targets here in the event of a U.S. or Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear sites, the NYPD’s top intelligence analyst announced on Tuesday.
Mitchell Silber told Jewish leaders at a pre-High Holy Days security briefing at police headquarters that a team of NYPD detectives and analysts has been sent to Argentina as part of that assessment.
As word of the carnage in London spread last Thursday, Anthony Weiner was faced with a quandary.
Proceeding with his campaign schedule for the day would demonstrate what he would later call "the aplomb" of citizens of England, Israel and New York in the face of terrorism. But on such a dire day, was it proper to hold a press conference on post-Olympics planning and an endorsement photo op with Brooklyn elected officials?
Some 125 American visitors were sitting down to lunch in the Gaza settlement of Neve Dekalim Sunday when they heard the sounds of explosions. They later learned that a rocket attack had killed three workers at a nearby greenhouse in Ganei Tal. Five others, all non-Israelis, were wounded. Another attack, almost simultaneously, damaged a home in nearby Sderot, just outside Gaza, causing no injuries.
If early voter turnout figures are any indication, thousands of Jewish voters not excited about Gov. George Pataki stayed home rather than vote for Democrat H. Carl McCall or Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano.
Preliminary returns show a steep drop in turnout in heavily Jewish neighborhoods of New York City last week, compared to the last statewide race.
After nearly 60 years of helping Jewish refugees find better lives in New York, an agency that at its peak aided some 50,000 clients in one year is expected to shut its doors this summer as a result of a dwindling case load and difficulty in competing for social service contracts.
The New York Association for New Americans was founded in 1949 as part of the Jewish community’s efforts to absorb tens of thousands who fled persecution and chaos, mostly from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The refugees were brought to America by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.