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.

01/28/2014 - 19:00
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.

01/28/2014 - 19:00
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

01/26/2014 - 19:00

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'

01/15/2014 - 19:00

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.’

11/21/2013 - 19:00
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

11/12/2013 - 19:00
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

11/04/2013 - 19:00

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

Outside Of My Israel ‘Comfort Zone’

A gap-year student’s view about the conflict is seriously challenged. What happens next?
10/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With a chuckle in his voice and a gleam in his eye, as if my assertion — that college campuses were a hotbed of anti-Israel activity — were funny, Yitzhak Mansdorf moved on to his next question. How would I feel, he asked me, if on completing his program to educate young American Jews about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, I were no longer a Zionist?

Irwin Mansdorf: “More nuanced view of Israel.”

AIPAC To Lobby Lawmakers For Syria Strike

09/08/2013 - 20:00

AIPAC officials reportedly said the pro-Israel group will lobby U.S. lawmakers to authorize a retaliatory strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Statute Cited In Fox News Furor Has AIPAC History

Controversial law was at the heart of a case targeting two former lobbyists for pro-Israel lobby.
05/27/2013 - 20:00

Washington — With its talk of signal books, sketches and photographic negatives, the Espionage Act suggests a period long ago consigned to Cold War-era thrillers.

In fact, the law is even older, first drafted in 1917, at a time when secret orders were conveyed by telegraph and semaphore codes were bound in pocket-sized books weighted with lead so they could be thrown overboard at the approach of the enemy.

Fox News’ James Rosen, left, interviewing Secretary of State John Kerry. U.S. State Department
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