When the small Jewish Peace Lobby released a petition signed by 300 liberal rabbis calling for Israel to share Jerusalem in a peace settlement, the response could have been: So what?
What’s news about a group of Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis advocating a view many experts privately say is inevitable? Not to mention that 800 other non-Orthodox rabbis refused to sign the document.
The Jewish Communal Fund, which has consistently been the largest single contributor to UJA-Federation, broadened the scope of its support last year with gifts to UJA-Federation's fund that supports building projects.
Noting that JCF donations in the past have been used for UJA-Federation's general operating budget, JCF's endowment committee decided also to "help the network of services to the Jewish and general community by targeting specific projects," according to Lynn Kroll, JCF's endowment committee chair.
Sometimes, said Sherlock Holmes, the greatest evidence can be what you donít see, what you donít hear ó the dog that doesnít bark. Thatís why the most illuminating item of the week actually has nothing in it about Jews or by Jews.
Itís an article about Denzel Washington, star of the new movie, ìThe Hurricane.î Off screen, says Newsweek (Jan. 10), ìDenzel Washington is grounded.
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
Responding to criticism from American Jewish leaders that Israel is suffering on the image front in its conflict with the Palestinians, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has opened an emergency office in New York to deal with its public relations problem.
Arye Mekel, 53, who served four years as director-general of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority and whose seven years as consul general in Atlanta prompted Ted Turner to call him “Israel’s ambassador to CNN,” was recruited to coordinate the hasbara, or p.r., effort.
The commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy brought anything but harmony this week to the U.S. Senate race, as the campaigns of Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton waged a war of words.
And again, Jews were in the eye of the storm.
Clinton, apparently employing lessons learned from her recent West Bank foray, promptly denounced a controversial remark about Jews made during her visit Monday to the Harlem headquarters of Rev. Al Sharpton.
Valerie Leibler was a new member of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in the early 1970s, and she heard occasional remarks about the women's role in the Conservative synagogue. The congregation allowed women to open the ark and read some English prayers from the bima, innovations at the time.
"There was a very, very quiet push for women to do more ritually in the shul," she says. Not an organized campaign: "it was pre-feminism."