Oklahoma

Can Our 15 Minutes Last?

The rewards and pitfalls of being cool in America’s eyes.

12/24/2003
Special To The Jewish Week

A favorite inside joke among American Jews has always been their disproportionate influence on American culture. Although small in absolute numbers, their contribution to cultural achievement has been indisputably vast, to the point where some American art forms would almost not have existed were it not for Jews.

Tsuris In Tulsa

Tim Blake Nelson’s quirky version of
a hard-won tikkun olam on view in ‘Leaves of Grass.’

04/01/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Tim Blake Nelson’s new film has a title, “Leaves of Grass,” that has two meanings for its protagonists — it explicitly references both the Walt Whitman magnum opus and marijuana. That’s only appropriate for a film that is structured around doubling, doppelgangers, secret lives and identities.

Richard Dreyfuss in high dudgeon as the Oklahoma drug kingpin Pug Rothbaum.

Service-Learning Project Brings Hillel Students Here

Program includes work in Harlem and the Jewish community, but raises questions for some.

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of Jewish students in recent years have spent their winter, spring and summer breaks building homes in New Orleans, working with the rural poor in Guatemala and helping staff human rights groups in Asia and Africa. It’s all part of an upswing in community service opportunities offered by organizations like Hillel, the American Jewish World Service, Jewish federations and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Hillel students assemble Passover packages in Queens.  TOP PHOTO: Doug Chandler

We Know We Belong To The Land

Friday, May 8th, 2009 Real Americans support Israel. Check out this editorial from Oklahoma. They know we belong to the land. There’s no J Street, a street running one-way for the Palestinians, in the Sooner State, just real roads with soft shoulders like Route 66, the Mother Road. When the president speaks of peace and the “road map,” I think this.  

ADL to criticize 'Christian only' prison

 Should a religious group get the franchise to run a Christian-only prison?  Talk about issues tailor made for the Anti-Defamation League.

The issue centers on a non-profit prison ministry called  Corrections Concepts Inc., which wants to build a privately run,  all-Christian prison in Wakita, Oklahoma.

ADL to protest ‘Christian only’ prison

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 Should a private company get the franchise to run a Christian-only prison?  Talk about issues tailor made for the Anti-Defamation League. The issue centers on a non-profit prison ministry called  Corrections Concepts Inc., which wants to build a privately run,  all-Christian prison in Wakita, Oklahoma.

Jewish Republicans jump on Hagel appointment to intelligence panel

I was wondering how long it would take for Obama administration opponents in the Jewish community to respond to today’s announcement that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) will co-chair the Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that provides recommendations to the President on key intelligence matters.

Answer: not very long, An hour after the announcement was made at the White House, the Republican Jewish Coalition weighed in with a release that pointed out the reasons a lot of pro-Israel groups will choke on the Hagel appointment.

Jewish Republicans jump on Hagel appointment

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 I was wondering how long it would take for Obama administration opponents in the Jewish community to respond to today’s announcement that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) will co-chair the Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that provides recommendations to the President on key intelligence matters.
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