President Obama didn’t back down on the issue of publicly criticizing Israeli policy
While even dovish pro-Israel groups concede the Obama administration has done a poor job of selling its Middle East policies to a nervous Israel, there are growing indications major Jewish leaders are reluctant to directly challenge a popular and persuasive president on the substance of those policies.
As Democratic health care reform efforts falter in Congress in the face of ferocious industry lobbying and a media blitz by conservative opponents, Jewish organizations that advocate strong reform efforts are having a hard time knowing exactly what to
As Democratic health care reform efforts falter in Congress in the face of ferocious industry lobbying and a media blitz by conservative opponents, Jewish organizations that advocate strong reform efforts are having a hard time knowing exactly what to lobby for.
“It’s like an octopus — there are so many different pieces of it, and there is so much movement,” said Nancy Ratzan, president of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a group that has made health reform a priority. “The pieces keep moving and changing. It’s a difficult environment.”
Several hundred Jewish leaders from around the country will spill into Washington on Thursday for a “national leadership advocacy day on Iran” that many hope will spark a genuine grass-roots movement akin to the Soviet Jewry movement of the 1980s.
And while one ostensible goal of the fly-in is to press for new sanctions legislation pending in Congress, there is a broader, unspoken purpose: to ensure strong official U.S. support if Israel feels compelled to use military force to damage Iran’s nuclear program.
In dramatic shift, 56 percent of U.S. Jews favor military strike, according to new AJC poll.
No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesAmerican Jews have taken a sharply hawkish turn on Iran, with a majority now supporting a U.S. military strike to end that country’s nuclear weapons program, according to this year’s Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion, released on Wednesday by the American Jewish Committee.
I’ve had a growing sense of foreboding in recent days about the very real dangers to the State of Israel, internally and externally, and what I perceive to be an increasing emotional distance between American Jews and Jerusalem. Just when Israel needs us most to act and speak out vigorously in its defense, I fear that many among us are questioning, if not doubting, some of the bedrock beliefs we’ve held about the Jewish state, including its actions and purpose.
Two weeks after eight Torahs were stolen from the ark of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, police arrested the custodian and an accomplice and recovered the Torahs intact, as well their silver adornments.
“We will make every effort to have the Torahs returned before the High Holy Days,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “We are having them photographed and identified and offering the defense counsel or their investigators an opportunity to examine them.”
Someone on Facebook called it a “tragedy.” Another said she has not stopped crying.
Camp Edward Isaacs in upstate Holmes is closing after 50 years.
“It’s been a struggle for the past decade to have sufficient enrollment to support the kind of programs we wanted to offer,” said Robert Friedman, executive director of the Central Queens YM&YWHA, which runs the camp.