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Jewish Groups Praise Obama on Sudan

10/04/2010

(JTA) -- Jewish groups praised President Obama for focusing international attention on preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.

Obama appeared late last month at a United Nations conference on the situation in Sudan, putting the U.S. government's weight behind efforts to ensure that independence referendums take place in the sub-Saharan African country as scheduled in January.

Losing Iowa

09/21/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.

09/15/2010
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images

Arizona immigration law lesson: political demagoguery works

There are a lot of scary aspects to Arizona's Draconian new immigration law, but the scariest might be this: it has worked like a charm for the politicians who supported it.

Jewish Groups Urge Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

05/25/2010

(JTA) A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations is urging Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

The coalition, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, sent a letter Tuesday to Congress.

Our Tweeter in Washington

Much has already been made of the social media posting habits of William Daroff. Whether on Twitter or Facebook, the well-connected director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America (and its VP for Public Policy) isn't afraid to go public with his whereabouts, upcoming speaking engagements, or even his drinking buddies.

William Daroff
PHOTO BY ADAM KREDO

Jewish Groups Wrestle Health Care Reform Octopus

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

07/29/2009
Washington Correspondent

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.”

No peace at the JCPA Plenum

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella organization representing 122 local Jewish community relations groups and 13 national organizations, took a baby step toward support for “charitable choice” legislation, turned its back on

02/26/1999
Washington Correspondent

No Peace At The Plenum


The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella organization representing 122 local Jewish community relations groups and 13 national organizations, took a baby step toward support for “charitable choice” legislation, turned its back on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard and Jewish day schools and marched in place on the Mideast peace process at this week’s annual plenum in Washington.

JCPA Plenum To Tackle Palestinian Link

This year’s Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) plenum in Washington, which starts this weekend, will include the usual endless debates over religious pluralism in Israel, church-state issues and Jonathan Pollard.  But the hottest actio

02/19/1999
Washington Correspondent

Plenum To Tackle Palestinian Link

Defense Treaty Hinges On Peace Talks

03/03/2000
Washington Correspondent
Defense Treaty Hinges On Peace Talks
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