Iowa

Prairie Culture, Jewish And Otherwise

02/10/2016 - 09:14
Travel Writer

The caucuses are over. The candidates have moved on to New Hampshire and South Carolina. Iowa’s cornfields lie still under a layer of snow — flat, vast expanses of white punctuated by the bare limbs of a tree, a farmhouse, a silo.

The resurgent downtown of Des Moines, framed by the Iowa State Capitol. Wikimedia Commons

Bohemia On The Prairie

07/28/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Few New Jersey commuters think of Interstate 80 as the conduit to grand adventure. And for those who do contemplate the transcontinental journey on I-80 — its western terminus is San Francisco — the long Midwestern slog through days of corn fields may seem less exciting than the southerly route through deserts and canyons.

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library lies on the banks of the Cedar River across Lion’s Bridge.  Cedar Rapids Conven

Gingrich: U.S. Run by “Anti-Christian and Anti-Jewish Elite”

03/28/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States under President Obama is "dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite," Newt Gingrich said.

Gingrich, the onetime speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a likely presidential candidate for 2012, spoke on March 25 at a meeting in Iowa of the American Family Association, Politico reported.

Losing Iowa

09/20/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

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