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For The Jobless, A Place To Reconnect

A glimpse into the recession’s lingering impact in the Jewish community.

01/25/2011
Staff Writer

Ann Klein packed a tuna fish sandwich for lunch one recent morning, stepped in her car and headed south from her apartment in northern Westchester. A half-hour later, at 9 a.m., she parked outside a quiet White Plains office building near Westchester Airport, took the elevator one story up and sat down at a computer in a small cubicle.

But it wasn’t just another day at the office.

Until mid-afternoon the unemployed printing executive worked at the computer, and schmoozed with people in the row of adjacent cubicles and with the office staff.

Anita Greenwald, program coordinator at UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care office in Westchester.

Israel's Iran credibility problem

Catching up on the Iran issue, my attention was snagged by a Ha'aretz report today that the new head of Israel's Military Intelligence says Iran could have nuclear weapons “within one or two years.”

Why B'nai B'rith Opposes Health Care Reform Repeal

Affordable Health Care: Why We Need it

01/20/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Health care reform is proving to be one of the most deeply divisive issues Congress has tackled in a long time. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the last thing we wanted to do was get in the middle of an increasingly partisan battle. But as an organization dedicated to the healthy aging of our nation’s seniors, we have no choice but to speak out on behalf of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because of the good things in the law passed last March that will help all Americans age safely and healthily.

A Picture of Leadership

01/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

I’m always fascinated by what art we take with us when we move. and what art says about personal identity. That’s the clinical psychologist in me speaking. But if I had to analyze myself (which is never a good idea), I’d look at one picture which has traveled with me from office to office and which recently got a new location here in New York City. It’s a copy of a painting that I bought for a hundred rubles in 1993 on the banks of the Neva River. Significantly, I bought it on the first trip I made back to the FSU after I left permanently for the United States.

Jewish Artists for Haiti Benefit Concert

Aaron Herman reports on a concert at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for Haiti relief.  Featured artists include Neshama Carlebach and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, Greg Wall and Ayn Sof. Arkestra, Frank London's and Friends, Basya Schechter and Jeremiah Lockwood, SIX13, and Stephen Said. 

Needed: A New Jewish Civics Course

01/11/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

If 2000-2010 was the decade of delegitimization, when Palestinian attacks on Israel’s existence gained renewed traction, 2010 was the year of delegitimization-lite.

More and more Jews responded to the relentless criticism of Israel by internalizing it.

True, most rejected the radical caricature of Israel as a racist or apartheid state deserving destruction. But absorbing the anti-Israel poison in the atmosphere, increasing numbers, especially among liberal Jewish elites, attacked Israel as fundamentally broken, caricaturing Zionism as a right-wing enterprise.

Is the Jewish church-state focus fading?

In thinking about the top Jewish stories of 2010, it occurred to me there wasn't a single major church-state battle on the list. That's a big change from, say, a decade ago.

Almost two years into the administration of President Barack Obama the faith based initiatives created by his predecessor are mostly still in place, and groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State are howling mad.

Iran sanctions and business as usual

A bunch of Jewish groups are indignant about last week's New York Times report that “over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism.” 

Casino Jack: Are We Trapped in Money Worship?

12/23/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Watching “Casino Jack” on its opening weekend was the very first time I ever felt embarrassment for wearing a kippa in a movie theatre. When Jack Abramoff, played by Kevin Spacey, sponsored kosher restaurants and a yeshiva with dirty money, the woman sitting next to me let out a disgusted “My G-d!” I shrunk in my seat.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Senate Ratifies START Treaty

12/22/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 71-26 to ratify the START treaty.

The vote -- 58 in the Democratic caucus and 13 Republicans -- was four more than the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

The Obama administration and top Jewish Democratic senators had lobbied Jewish groups to express support for the treaty, saying it was critical to persuading Russia to isolate Iran.

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