Support for PLO didn't diminish Mandela's stature, says ADL.
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The international Jewish community praised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95 in his Johannesburg home.
Israeli President Shimon Peres called Mandela “a great leader who changed the course of history. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people.”
Recognizing diversity a common theme as panel suggests priorities for mayor-elect at 'Talking Transition.'
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio should work with faith leaders and neighborhood groups to find the best way to help the needy in their communities, UJA-Federation's president said at a public forum on the city's transition of power Thursday night.
"We believe non-profits, in partnership with synagogues, churches and mosques, are essential building blocks in communities," said Alisa Doctoroff, noting that the city continued to face unprecedented challenges in fighting poverty and other ills.
Editor's Note: Below please find a sampling of commentary from across the Jewish spectrum on the new Pew Research Center’s survey of American Jewry, the first major Jewish census in more than a decade.
AJWS CEO Ruth Messinger sees God as a 'force for justice.'
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Ruth Messinger left a 20-year career in politics, including Manhattan borough president, in 1988 to become president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), supporting human rights for marginalized people around the world. Alfredo Borodowski is executive director of the Skirball Center for Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-el and founding rabbi of Larchmont’s Congregation Sulam Yaakov.
What does it mean to be a light onto the nations? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Ruth Messinger President of American Jewish World Service about her work an how AJWS is transforming communities around the globe.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.
The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now under consideration in Congress that would target overseas food aid and domestic programs that provide food stamps, subsidized meals for preschoolers and their mothers, and subsidized heating for the poor.
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Journalist and author Lisa Alcalay Klug flew across the country this month to present at Limmud NY, the annual New York version of the worldwide Jewish learning extravaganza.
The Jan. 14-17 conference in upstate New York will be Klug’s seventh Limmud gathering in 12 months. Like the hundreds of other Limmud presenters whose paths she crosses, she doesn’t get paid for her time.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) marked 25 years of helping poverty stricken people in developing countries. Naturally that called for a dinner last month at the Frederick Rose Hall at Lincoln Center to honor its president, Ruth Messinger.
ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour called Messinger “a model of global citizenship.” She added, “You are our conscience and you teach us what it means to be a human being.”
(JTA) -- Jewish groups praised President Obama for focusing international attention on preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.
Obama appeared late last month at a United Nations conference on the situation in Sudan, putting the U.S. government's weight behind efforts to ensure that independence referendums take place in the sub-Saharan African country as scheduled in January.