In your editorial about the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you neglect to mention that several Jewish organizations are responding to the spill as part of their work on energy policy (“Oil Spill Reveals Crude Conundrum,” May 28). My organization, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), issues regular updates about the spill. Jewish Funds for Justice has set up a fund for those communities most affected. The Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement (the RAC) is blogging about it. The Shalom Center is also calling for action.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Peter Beinart attends an Orthodox synagogue, once edited The New Republic (the closest thing to a smicha for Jewish policy wonks) and backed Sen. Joe Lieberman’s quixotic 2004 bid to become the first Jewish president.
Which is why he’s always been counted among the Washington pundits who defend Israel, Zionism and the right of American Jews to lobby for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
Beinart also frets about how Jewish his kids will be.
Newest City Council member marks his victory, but has some powerful enemies.
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In his decisive victory in last week's hotly contested City Council race in Brooklyn, David Greenfield made good use of some powerful friends who helped him carry the day.
They included former Mayor Ed Koch, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose endorsements gave his candidacy credibility; Sephardic community leaders who quickly filled his campaign coffers; Brooklyn's Democrat chair, Vito Lopez, who provided ground troops to get out the vote, and Mark Botnick, a former aide to Michael Bloomberg, who helped corral the mayor's endorsement.
All this talk in the Blogosphere about Sen. Joe Lieberman's Jewishness as a factor in the health care debate strikes me as just about as far beside the point as you can get.
Seems to me the point here isn't whether Jewish values compel him to support any particular health care reform proposal or not, but the details of his stance: his last-minute 180 on lowering the age for Medicare buy-ins; his strong ties to the insurance industry in Connecticut; his testy relationship with a Democratic leadership he seems to enjoy stiffing.
My colleague, James Besser, asked, on his blog , why Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren (correctly described as “smart and sophisticated”) “continues to pick needless fights” with J Street, the so-called and cynically self-described “pro-peace process lobby” and political action committee (see a JTA story on Oren’s latest comments).
The health care reform debate raging in the Senate this week once again thrust Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, onto center stage. Defying the top priority of a Democratic president whose election he opposed, Lieberman has promised to f
The health care reform debate raging in the Senate this week once again thrust Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, onto center stage. Defying the top priority of a Democratic president whose election he opposed, Lieberman has promised to filibuster any reform measure that includes a public option — and this week changed his position on lowering the age for Medicare eligibility.
Real Jews don’t play dreidel. It is a boring, shallow game, needing no skill whatsoever, useless except as a visual symbol for the holiday. It is a game for Jews who don’t know better, a game for half-baked Jews who think “Tikkun Olam” is an actual phrase that real Jews use. Jews who eat treif and then piously lecture the rest of us about Heksher Tzedek are exactly the kind of Jews who, if they were writing a story about Chanukah, would write a scene depicting a game of dreidel.