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Women, Religious Freedom Groups Stake Victories

Grass-roots campaign in Jerusalem reverses some haredi-imposed gender segregation and discrimination.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
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

03/26/2012 - 20:00
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

09/06/2011 - 20:00

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.
05/02/2011 - 20:00
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

04/28/2011 - 20:00

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

01/11/2011 - 19:00
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.

AJC, NIF share a concern: Israeli democracy

I can't recall many times when the American Jewish Committee and the New Israel Fund have been on the same page on a critical issue involving Israel, but it happened this week.

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues to Speak Out on Rental Ruling

12/13/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

"The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities," said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. "The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."

Israel’s ‘Gift To Delegitimizers’

Controversial oath could end up testing American Jews’ loyalty.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Some pro-Israel groups insist it’s nothing more than an Israeli version of America’s “pledge of allegiance,” but to Israeli civil rights groups the move to amend a loyalty oath for non-Jews seeking citizenship is one more big step away from the state’s democratic ideal.

And some Jewish leaders here say the debate now raging in Israel could have a devastating impact — both on Israel’s international standing and on a population of younger American Jews who are already drifting away from pro-Israel commitment.

“Whatever else this issue means,” says New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch, “it’s not good for the fraying bonds between younger
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