The Metropolitan Opera’s decision this week to cancel a live broadcast of the controversial contemporary opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” was lamented by the New York Times today as “a step backward” for the Met and its general manager, Peter Gelb.
The Times said the opera “has been widely praised” and that many of its critics “have not actually seen it.” And it called on Gelb to resist pressure to cancel altogether the eight performances of the opera, which begin Oct. 20.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected the membership application of J Street, an organization that bills itself as pro-Israel and yet has frequently criticized the Jewish state.
The Jewish community’s so-called big tent when it comes to Israel is large enough to include Alpha Epsilon Pi, the college fraternity, but it may not be big enough for J Street, the dovish pro-Israel lobby group. AEPi, as far as anyone knows, isn’t a powerhouse, Israel-wise, but in 2012 J Street distributed $1.8 million to 71 candidates, believed to be the most in history by a pro-Israel political action committee.
The ZOA did not file returns for three consecutive years, the Forward reported Tuesday.
Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed to JTA that the organization has not been tax exempt since March. Since then, he said, the organization has filed the returns and is now seeking reinstatement.
Just days after the Zionist Organization of America pointed out in a legal brief that the U.S. government routinely refers to Jerusalem as a part of Israel, the White House changed its Web site to remove the designation.
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.
Broad Jewish center being ‘bombarded’ in wake of Obama speech.
James D. Besser
Washington — In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, the buzz among more than 10,000 charged-up pro-Israel activists at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was all about new U.S.-Israel tensions in the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for Israel-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders — with land swaps — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry response.
President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders with “mutually agreed swaps” in order to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza has split the American Jewish community along predictable lines: one right-wing group denounced Obama as the “most hostile president to Israel ever,” while centrist and left-wing groups commended him.