Okay, he works for the competition and all, but I have to say it: the Forward's J.J. Goldberg nailed it on the issue of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, recently selected as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The Brandeis University Hillel has rejected a second membership bid by the controversial Jewish student group Jewish Voice for Peace.
Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP asking the Brandeis Hillel to reconsider its decision earlier this month not to admit JVP as a partner organization.
Fifty rabbis and 100 faculty members, parents of students and Brandeis alumni also signed the petition, according to JVP spokespeople.
J Street still makes some major Jewish leaders nervous, but that doesn't mean they like the idea of Israeli politicians mucking around in the internal affairs of the a diverse American Jewish community.
NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish organizational leaders rejected the notion that their meeting with President Obama was negative in any way.
A JTA article this week reported that President Obama, in a meeting Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, reaffirmed American support for Israeli security and discussed U.S. policy in the Middle East in a spirit of cordiality and respect.
I thought I was done with this week's meeting between President Obama and a group of Jewish leaders assembled by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, but the spin surrounding the meeting keeps reverberating in pro-Israel circles.
It seems to me the event is almost a textbook example of the difficulty of reporting the news on anything touching on Israel and the Middle East.
J Street, wrapping up its second national conference today, will fan out over Capitol Hill for a round of lobbying meetings that will deliver a message that could – at least in part -- could warm AIPAC's heart: don't cut aid to Israel.
That, along with a call to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority in the interests of a two-state solution, is the sole “ask” in about 250 Hill meetings – mostly local J Streeters going to their own representatives offices, taking another page out of AIPAC's play book.
I can't spend a lot of time at J Street's second national conference, going on now at Washington's cavernous Convention Center, but I was there yesterday as a panelist in a session on the Jewish vote and spent a little time shmoozing, and I've been watching the sessions streamed on the J Street Web site.