Last week, I had the honor of sitting at a table with the President of the United States in the Roosevelt Room at The White House. President Obama and his Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, wanted to hear from Conservative rabbis from around the country. It was a meeting I will remember for the rest of my life.
This week brought news of two shocking deaths: the first of Albert Abramson, 94, an important figure in building the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. And then there was Peter Novick, 77, an historian who wrote a withering attack of the Holocaust’s undue influence on American Jewish identity. The two would probably have had little to agree
Okay, my secret is out: I'm retiring after 24 years on this beat for the Jewish Week (please hold your applause and your decaying vegetables). It seems like the right time to reflect on the changes I've seen in the Jewish world and Jewish politics during that period.
Many of the activists I met way back in the day are still toiling in Washington, and some of the issues that preoccupied them more than two decades ago are still in play, while others are long forgotten. How many remember the Lautenberg Amendment? In 1987, it was on the lips of most Jewish leaders.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Washington police arrested a veteran correspondent for an Israeli newspaper and her husband on charges of intention to distribute marijuana.
District of Columbia police arrested Orly Azoulay, the Washington correspondent for Yediot Acharonot, Israel's largest print daily, on Saturday morning, Post Now, the Washington Post's breaking news blog, reported.
With hiring of AJC veteran, the pro-Israel campus group
looking to strengthen its mainstream status.
Washington — In a continuing bid to transition from campus rabble rousers to more mainstream educators, The David Project has hired a Jewish establishment veteran to guide the pro-Israel campus organization.
In recent years The David Project has expanded from its original mission — confronting what it identified as radically anti-Israel groups on campus — to educating Jewish students on Israel.
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.
Washington’s views on Jewish settlements have always been a telling barometer of a given administration’s attitudes toward Israel in terms of resolving the conflict with the Palestinians.
When settlements have been a major issue, like during the Carter administration, there was a sense that the onus was on Israel; when the topic is not front and center, like under Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Jerusalem felt it was being treated with more empathy and understanding.
Washington — In New York, leaders of the Jewish community made the decision to hold Monday’s massive pro-Israel rally on the Capitol grounds with only five days’ lead-time. And then they told Washington’s small army of Jewish representatives: Make it happen.
And that’s exactly what they did, coordinating everything from the 1,500 buses from up and down the East Coast to the 75 portable toilets and 10,000 bottles of water.