Jewish Groups Blast Nation-State Bill

Opposition fueled by concern about possible fallout.

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Washington — It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate and framing their protests as protecting Jewish interests.

Inside the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School, an Arab-Jewish school that was vandalized last week. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Old-Time Zionist Revival Meeting

With Ted Cruz, Pastor John Hagee, there was no shortage of controversy (and red meat) at ZOA’s dinner.

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At a time when old-time Zionists have become more acquainted with anxiety than celebration, with Israel confronting floodwaters of excoriation and isolation internationally and on campus, and with thousands feeling connected to more than a dozen families saying Kaddish for terrorist murders, Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, sensed that the annual ZOA dinner had to provide not only a meal in a ballroom but a reason to believe.

Sen. Ted Cruz addressing the ZOA dinner last week. In a slap at President Obama, he wondered.  Courtesy of ZOA

Times Criticizes Met's Cancellation Of 'Klinghoffer' Simulcast

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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.

Conference Of Presidents Rejects J Street

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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.

ZOA Tries To Block J Street's Membership In Umbrella Group

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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.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the public face of J Street.  JTA

ZOA’s Klein Re-Elected, Fending Off Challenge From The Right

Vote was first real test for longtime president; rival cited ideological and fiduciary issues.

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Morton Klein was overwhelmingly re-elected president of the Zionist Organization of America during the organization’s convention in Philadelphia Sunday.

Mort Klein faced charges of excessive salary but won re-election handily.

ZOA Regains Tax-Exempt Status


The Internal Revenue Service reinstated the tax-exempt status of the Zionist Organization of America.

ZOA Tax-Exemption Now DOA


The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns.

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.

White House Changes Web Site In Passport Flap

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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.

Goodbye, or 'those 24 years sure went by quickly'

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.

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