New Israel Fund

The Parade Is About Israel, Not Us

When will we learn that no one group or ideology owns 'love of Israel?'

05/22/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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As the June 1 Israel Parade draws closer, some organizations are threatening not to march. They are protesting the decision of parade sponsors to allow organizations like the New Israel Fund– a favorite target of the right wing of the Zionist movement– to be included in the parade, because of its alleged sympathy for the BDS strategy (boycott, divestment and sanction) designed to modify Israel’s position on settlements in the West Bank. The NIF steadfastly denies supporting BDS. They (the more right-wing organizations) feel that the NIF and its friends should have no place at the Zionist table, or at a parade that salutes Israel. And as long as they do, these more right-wing organizations won’t march.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

The Most Jewish Thing

An American in Israel asks why, after 'Save Darfur,' we don't pay more attention to African refugees in the Jewish state.

01/06/2014
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When I made aliyah more than two years ago, I was shocked to discover a community of Darfuri asylum seekers living in Israel. Like so many American Jews I was active in the Save Darfur campaign; I wrote letters, sent money and prayed in synagogues waving green “Save Darfur” banners. Yet to this day, I do not fully understand why I, like so many American Jews, had little awareness of the African asylum seeker situation in Israel.

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction

12/18/2012

More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Women, Religious Freedom Groups Stake Victories

Grass-roots campaign in Jerusalem reverses some haredi-imposed gender segregation and discrimination.

08/14/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Passing through Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station a few months ago, Rachel Jaskow decided to stop at the station’s synagogue and pray Mincha.

New Jerusalem bus ads featuring women read, "It's Nice to Know You: Jerusalem is a Town for Us All."

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

Nearly 4,000 US Jews Back Israel's J14 Movement

09/07/2011

Nearly 4,000 American Jews have signed a petition from the New Israel Fund in support of Israel's social justice movement.

The petition was published Sept. 2 in the International Herald Tribune in advance of the movement's major demonstration on Sept. 3, which brought out 400,000 Israelis in what some say was the largest protest in Israel's history.

Reform Leaders Defend Jacobs In Face Of Charge He Is Not Pro-Israel

Pushback is hard as anti-Jacobs group threatens another ad.

05/03/2011
Staff Writer

Responding to an ad from a small but vocal group of critics who insist that the president-designate of the Union of Reform Judaism is not sufficiently pro-Israel, the movement and its supporters pushed back hard this week with a series of statements and opinion pieces this week defending him.

Reform leaders call the tactics being used against Rabbi Rick Jacobs, above, “witch-hunting and demagoguery.”

Reform Rift Over Zionist Credentials of Incoming Chief Rick Jacobs

04/29/2011

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – Ads questioning the Zionist credentials of the leader-designate of the Reform movement are a distortion, Reform leaders said.

The ad attacking Rabbi Richard Jacobs for not being sufficiently pro-Israel appeared in a number of Jewish newspapers this week. It was placed by a group of Reform Jews calling themselves Jews Against Divisive Leadership.

J.J. Goldberg gets it on Richard Jacobs, Reform, J Street

Okay, he works for the competition and all, but I have to say it: the Forward's J.J. Goldberg nailed it  on the issue of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, recently selected as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

In Defending Israel, Mainstream U.S. Jewish Groups Critique It

01/12/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Enmeshed in the battle against Israel’s delegitimization, mainstream American Jewish organizations are embracing a strategy of acknowledging what’s wrong about Israel as a way of getting across what’s right about the nation.

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