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Anti-Semitism Envoy Wants To Bring Non-Jews Into Fight

Rosenthal says strategy will add ‘power’ to battle against bias.

03/11/2010
JTA

Washington — President Obama’s special envoy on anti-Semitism wants to recruit non-Jews to make her case.
Hannah Rosenthal outlined her goals in her new role during a recent address in Dallas to the annual plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public policy umbrella she once led as president.

To combat anti-Semitism, the Jewish people need more non-Jews on their side, said Rosenthal, who spoke at a panel on anti-Semitism alongside Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director.

Hannah Rosenthal: Cites role of quiet diplomacy in combating bias

Arnold Forster, Longtime ADL Leader, Dies

03/11/2010

(JTA) — Arnold Forster, an attorney who had a nearly 60-year career at the Anti-Defamation League, has died.

Forster fought against anti-Semitism and extremism, and advocated for civil rights and the State of Israel. He was 97 when he died Sunday night.

Challenged Adults Act Out — In A Good Way

Improvisational exercises and role-playing games
‘teach life skills’ to those in Ohel program.

03/11/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Black Box Studios.

For Youth Groups, Strength In Numbers

Northern Westchester congregations team up
for teen programming.

03/11/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a perennial challenge: how can congregations keep their teens connected to the Jewish community and involved in Jewish life once the bar/bat mitzvah is over? While many communities have success with vibrant youth groups that attract middle and high school students, the problem for four Conservative congregations in northern Westchester was that none of the congregations, individually, could sustain a viable youth program.

An area teen takes part in an art-as-social-action project.

Chabad’s Presence And Motives

03/11/2010

When the Orthodox community in Oceanside, or in fact anywhere, is committed to providing only minimal Jewish education in the name of “love” of Judaism, then the future of our people is doomed (“Chabad Presence Making Waves In Oceanside,” Feb. 12). 

I was educational director at the Oceanside Jewish Center (Conservative) for 19 years. We encouraged attendance in religious school following the bar/bat mitzvah and kvelled about those students who continued on in a Hebrew high school program. 

Communications activist silenced in Cuban jail cell

03/11/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Alan Gross has been about communications all his life: The call-mom-everyday son, the family newsbreaker, the message guy for Jewish groups, the get-out-the-vote enthusiast for candidate Barack Obama, the technology contractor who helped the U.S. government bring the world's remotest populations into the 21st century.

Now, however, Gross, 60, of Potomac, Md., has been languishing for three months in a Cuban high-security prison and his rare conversations are monitored by Cuban officials.

Presbyterians Seen Renewing Attacks On Israeli Policy

Jewish leaders lash out at new, left-leaning report; cite lack of dialogue with major groups here.

03/10/2010
Staff Writer

ewish community leaders are furious that a committee of the Presbyterian Church USA has lashed out at major American Jewish groups over their Israel policies without ever consulting them.

JCPA's point man on divestment, Ethan Felson, is angered by new report by Presbyterians.

Iran sanctions hypocrisy

Politicians in both parties talk a tough game on Iran sanctions, but their toughness quickly evaporates when sanctions collide with corporate profits – as they inevitably do.

The Jewish Oscar

03/05/2010

The Jews, we well know, run Hollywood. But even the most unreconstructed anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist probably would never had anticipated a year like this at Sunday’s Academy Awards: three Jewish-themed films (“Inglorious Basterds,” “A Serious Man” and “An Education”) vying for the Best Picture nod and an Israeli contender (“Ajami”) up for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” is one of three Jewish-themed films vying for Best Picture this Sunday.
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