Ooops! They Did It Again?

B’nai Jeshurun rabbis’ comments on Israel trigger a second angry petition from congregants.

Web Editor

Congregants of the Upper West Side synagogue B’nai Jeshurun, known worldwide for its spirited services, have for the second time in about a year condemned two of their rabbis’ most recent public statements on Israel, this time in an e-mail petition.

B'nai Jeshurun's 88th Street entrance. Wikimedia Commons

Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

Editor and Publisher

Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

Gary Rosenblatt

Left, Right Spar Over De Blasio’s Speech

Open invitation for AIPAC to City Hall riles liberal Jews, spurs debate.

Assistant Managing Editor

It was supposed to be a routine stop on the busy schedule of a new mayor. In and out, no one gets hurt. A pro-Israel speech at the Hilton, then back to Gracie Mansion.

DeBlasio: Steps into Israel quagmire. Getty Images

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

Assistant Managing Editor

Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

City Council Set To Overhaul Neighborhood-Grant System

New speaker wants to reform the controversial member-item process.

Assistant Managing Editor

High on the agenda of the new City Council and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is reform of the member-item funding process for neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations. Sources say that Council members have made clear to both the speaker and Mayor Bill de Blasio that they won’t support eliminating the grants, known as member items, which allow them to curry favor with their constituents’ movers and shakers.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is said to be looking for ways to keep member-item cash flowing. Getty Images

De Blasio: Israel Support Part of Mayor's Job


Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor, said defending Israel was part of his job.

“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio said at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.

De Blasio: No greater ally on earth than Israel. Michael Datikash

Obama Officials To Jewish Groups: New Sanctions Are 'Dangerous'


WASHINGTON -- Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them “dangerous.”

A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism

JTS chancellor: ‘Complacency’ and ‘despair’ … ‘are forbidden;' ‘both are distractions from the task at hand.’

Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life as a scholar of American Judaism, with a special focus on figures at the center of Conservative Judaism, and I’ve spent most of those years enjoying the benefits of Conservative Jewish institutions, conversations and communities.

Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

Working Together to Expand Support for Israel on Campus

Special To The Jewish Week


The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and public action central to American academic life.

Some Jewish Groups Will Suspend Lobbying For Iran Sanctions


WASHINGTON — AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee refused a White House request to suspend lobbying for new sanctions on Iran.

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