United Jerusalem


 The brouhaha surrounding American-Israel relations is being fueled solely by the Obama administration, which is finally learning that the world has a mind of its own (“Clinton Softens Rhetoric, But Differences Linger,” March 19). President Barack Obama was not elected as big brother or big mentor to the world. He was only elected as president of the United States, and the United States does not rule the world, as powerful as she may be.

The Seder’s Reminder Of Dawn


Slavery, like the fog, comes in on cat’s feet. For all the analogies to the black experience, shackled suddenly in Africa and shipped on the Middle Passage, Jewish slavery and hard times through the years has been different; loss of freedom, dignity and destiny comes slowly, even gently, golden eras slipping into lesser ones, almost inexplicably, and undeserved.

Clinton’s Bluntness At AIPAC Rattles Nerves; Linkage Rapped

Scramble to decipher new diplomatic language; Gen. Petraeus’ comments seen as ‘dangerous.’

With nerves frayed after the worst U.S. - Israel diplomatic dust-up in years, Jewish leaders this week were trying to assess whether there has been a fundamental change in U.S. policy toward Jerusalem — or simply a change in tone by an ally frustrated by the long years of stalemate.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells AIPAC crowd that status quo in Israeli-Palestinian conflict is untenable. getty images

Honoring A Legacy With Words And Deeds

Passover chesed project, day of study and park walkway are tributes to the memory of Scarsdale’s Deborah and Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein.
Special To The Jewish Week

Young Israel of Scarsdale fairly hummed with purposeful activity last Sunday morning. In the social hall, groups of pre-teens and teenagers, assisted by several sets of parents, carefully helped younger children paint seder plates, decorate pillow covers and afikomen bags, and embellish Elijah cups.

YU President Richard Joel spoke at last week's event, top The sign marking the new walkway. Photos by Jeffrey Alan Steinberg

How will the health insurance reform bill passed by Congress affect your family's care?

Congress has passed, and President Obama will sign,  sweeping health insurance reform legislation. Democrats say it will improve care for middle class Americans and provide health insurance for many who now lack it; Republicans say it will add to the deficit and restrict choice.  Aside from the political rhetoric, how do you expect the changes that will take place over the next five years will affect your family? Your health care choices?

Jewish Groups Praise Health Care Reform Bill's Passage

Jewish Republicans: plan will "worsen our already dire fiscal situation"

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish groups are lauding the U.S. Congress' passage of a health care reform bill.

On Monday, the morning after the House of Representatives passed a measure that would create sweeping change in the way health care is provided in the United States, a slew of Jewish groups issued statements in support and looking forward to its signature into law by President Obama.

B’nai B’rith International was among the groups hailing the bill's passage.

Hillary, AIPAC leaders: Making the Hurt Plain—but the Love, Too


WASHINGTON (JTA) – It was like one of those “good” family fights the shrinks on TV urge in marital spats: Make the hurt plain, but make the love plain, too.

Photo: Ben Harris, JTA

Drinking In His Jewish Side


During his childhood in Garden City, L.I., Tyler Barnet, grandson of Herbert L. Barnet, a former president of Pepsi-Cola, knew almost nothing about the company’s adherence to the Arab boycott.
Raised Catholic, Barnet, now 26, wasn’t taught about Israel or anything else Jewish.
“I grew up knowing there was some sort of anti-Israel boycott, but I didn’t know the details,” said Barnet, who spent this week touring Israel on a Birthright trip.

Tyler Barnet, grandson of Herbert L. Barnet, a former president of Pepsi-Cola.
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