Peter Beinart

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/29/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

Mideast Policy Enters Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner's path to a political comeback has detoured through the West Bank.

06/27/2013
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One day after a poll showed Anthony Weiner leading the field of Democrats for mayor, a testy exchange about Israel's territories is raising the question of whether Israeli politics will become an issue in the mayoral race for a candidate who as a congressman represented one of the most Jewish districts in the nation.

Anthony Weiner marches in Celebrate Israel Parade and greets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Jacob Kornbluh

YU President Issues Disclaimer On Jimmy Carter Honor At Cardozo

04/08/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Yeshiva University's president, Richard Joel, has issued a statement on his disagreements with Jimmy Carter in response to a student group's April 10th forum with the ex-president at YU's Benjamin Cardozo Law School.

Beinart 'Disappointed' By Atlanta Jewish Book Festival Diss

11/14/2012

Left wing lightning-rod Peter Beinart says he was “disappointed” by the change of venue of his talk at an Atlanta Jewish book festival -- in response to complaints about of his participation -- because he wanted to engage his critics.

Beinart: "I totally unerstand" critics.

The Crisis of Peter Beinart: On New York Magazine's New Profile

What Peter Beinart doesn’t lack is attention—what he lacks is friends.  That’s the conclusion you can draw from New York magazine’s lengthy profile of Beinart, the fiery liberal Jewish journalist who recently published his jeremiad warning of Israel’s imminent demise.  In “The Crisis of Zionism,” Beinart’s much bally-hooed new book, he argues that if the state continues to hold

‘Voices’ Divided Over Israel

Blocks away from a food co-op’s BDS battles, a quirky, progressive and not exactly pro-Israel shul grows in Brooklyn.

04/17/2012
Staff Writer

Just a few weeks ago, the Park Slope Food Co-op became ground zero of the global movement to boycott Israel. A whirl of pamphlets, “The Daily Show” cameras and citizen journalists descended upon the Brooklyn neighborhood’s chic streets for a few days, and most of the area’s synagogues were swept into the melée.

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.

Why Dissent Is Essential

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the greatest accomplishments of the Zionist movement was its ability to tolerate and even encourage differing and often mutually challenging perspectives and ideologies. It is ironic, bordering on tragic, that the fulfillment of the Zionist dream has resulted in an increasingly narrow sphere of discourse and acceptable ideation.

We are becoming more insular, accepting only a small range of views and calling others by exclusionary and outright insulting names.

Peter Geffen

Is Peter Beinart The New Steven M. Cohen?

Forgot those 50 rabbis Newsweek has been fussing over.

Journalist/author Peter Beinart may well be the most famous American Jew these days, at least among the New York Times-New York Review of Books-New Yorker-reading intelligentsia.

Upcoming Beinart Book Already Causing A Stir

02/28/2012
Editor And Publisher

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen calls it “important and timely for the future of Israel.” A Jerusalem Post writer says it is “banal” and “brooding,” and “merely parroting a well-known critique.” And the just-named next Jerusalem bureau chief for the Times is already in trouble among some in the Jewish community for praising it.

Are Rabbis Giving Up on Israel? A Provocative New Study

The Conservative movement recently conducted a survey of hundreds of its rabbis and the results are in: on the whole, they're as committed to Israel as they've ever been, although younger rabbis have more liberal views about the state than they've used to.  The purpose behind this survey is clear: to assure anxious Jewish leaders that, contra the skeptics, Israel remains as vital a part of Jewish life as ever.

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