Jewish activism

It's the economy, stupid - again

 I write about Jewish politics for a Jewish newspaper, so it's hardly surprising I tend to look at things through the lens of the issue that preoccupies most major Jewish groups: Israel.

But if I was working on President Obama's reelection campaign, Israel would be the least of my worries. Even among Jewish voters, he faces a much bigger danger in the months ahead: the sputtering economy.

36 Under 36 2011

This, the fourth installment of the “36 Under 36” list, highlights the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation.

05/10/2011

 Watch a video of the Jewish Week's reception for 36 Under 36 honorees here.

36 Under 36 for 2011

B’nai B’rith Chief Dennis Glick Indicted on Tax Fraud

04/01/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Dennis Glick, who abruptly resigned as president of B'nai B'rith International, has been indicted on federal charges of tax fraud, JTA has learned.

Glick, a certified public accountant who held a variety of positions over the years at B'nai B'rith, including treasurer, was arraigned Thursday and released on $50,000 bail after entering a plea of not guilty. He was arrested March 23 on charges of falsifying tax returns for a client and lying about it to investigators. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million.

Marla Gilson's plight

Somehow you expect more from Jewish organizations when it comes to relations with employees – who, after all, are mostly in it because they care about communal causes, not because of the big paychecks and great benefits.

Jewish Leaders Fast Against Budget Cuts

03/28/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.

The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now under consideration in Congress that would target overseas food aid and domestic programs that provide food stamps, subsidized meals for preschoolers and their mothers, and subsidized heating for the poor.

Jewish Leaders Say Obama Meeting Was Positive

03/04/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish organizational leaders rejected the notion that their meeting with President Obama was negative in any way.

A JTA article this week reported that President Obama, in a meeting Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, reaffirmed American support for Israeli security and discussed U.S. policy in the Middle East in a spirit of cordiality and respect.

The deficit and the Pinocchio Test

 With the federal budget Topic Number One on Capitol Hill and the prospects for serious cuts to critical programs growing by the day as a Tea Party-driven House Republican caucus flexes its muscles, today's Washington Post Fact Checker column offers a useful reality check.

A tale of shifting Jewish priorities

 

Here's a little insight into Jewish priorities these days that probably won't surprise you.

Last week I received at least 25 statements and press releases from Jewish groups and assorted Jewish politicians urging a U.S. veto of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Israel's settlements. (The U.S. DID veto the resolution on Friday, and there's no evidence pressure from Jewish groups was the reason).

Jewish Groups to be Vetted for LGBT Workplace Policies

01/26/2011

(JTA) -- A national initiative is underway to examine gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workplace policies at Jewish non-profit organizations.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which advocates for LGBT equality, announced this week an extension of its workplace equality project in the Jewish non-profit sector. Organizations will be examined for their workplace policies regarding LGBT employees, and areas that need education will be highlighted.

In State of the Union, Obama Misses Some Jewish Domestic Priorities, Ignores Israel

01/26/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Civility? Check. Clean energy? Check. Health care? Check. Immigration? Check. Education? You bet.

Isolating Iran? That’s in there.

Poverty, guns, reproductive rights? Israel? Ummm …

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night was as notable for what it excluded as what made it in.

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