Clinton cites Newport letter in speech to Muslims

09/07/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In an address to Muslims, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited George Washington's letter to the Jews in making the case for American tolerance.

Clinton spoke at her department's annual Ramadan break-the-fast celebration for diplomats and American Muslim leaders.

She praised rabbis and other clerics for speaking out against a Florida church's plan to burn the Koran.

Sanctions shortened for Muslim student group

09/07/2010 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- A Muslim student group at the University of California, Irvine, had a yearlong suspension shortened to four months.

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) on the Irvine campus will be barred from operating this fall semester, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles reported.

Presidents Conf. again calls for U.N. walkout on Ahmadinejad

09/07/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A major Jewish umbrella organization again has called on the ambassadors of United Nations member states to walk out on a speech by Iran's president.

Anticipating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again will seek to address the General Assembly this year, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters asking delegates to leave should Ahmadinejad be allowed to speak before the international body.

Obama to Rabbis: Securing Israel Critical for Peace

09/07/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told American rabbis that securing Israel was critical to the peace process.

The president, in a 35-minute Rosh Hashanah call Tuesday with 600 rabbis of all denominations, said his administration's efforts to reassure the Israeli government of U.S. backing for its security helped bring about the renewed peace process.

The Obama administration in the past year has enhanced intelligence sharing and missile defense cooperation with Israel, and has taken the lead in isolating Iran until it makes transparent its nuclear program.

Peres, in New Year's Message, Calls for Jewish Unity

09/07/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres in a Rosh Hashanah message called on Jews in the Diaspora and Israel to work together.

In a message to Jewish communities around the world, Peres called for Israel to continue to "be a part of the Jewish and Zionist education of Jewish youth in the Diaspora," and for youth to visit the Jewish state as a way to achieve this goal.

Jewish Groups Step Up Efforts to Combat Anti-Muslim Bigotry

09/07/2010 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Jewish groups have stepped up efforts to combat anti-Muslim bigotry, with several national initiatives announced this week and supporting statements coming in from a range of Jewish voices.

In Washington, officials from several Jewish organizations took part Tuesday in an emergency summit of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders that denounced anti-Muslim bigotry and called for a united effort by believers of all faiths to reach out to Muslim Americans.

Obama Facing Jewish Left Backlash

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

As the midterm elections near, Jewish progressives, frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama’s lack of leadership on a range of domestic issues — starting with the economy — may sit out the November congressional vote in large numbers.

The prospect of a backlash from Jewish liberals, which carries big political risks for the president, say observers, is his real “Jewish problem,” not the Jewish right’s criticism of his handling of the Israel issue.

President Obama with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Reeling In Brooklyn’s Sabras

Park Slope Reform temple is first in area to target reticent Israelis with outreach effort.
09/06/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a Brooklyn coffeehouse one day this summer, Isabel Burton, a 30-year-old native of London, discussed local social activism opportunities with a 40something Jewish woman who lives in the borough. What issues move you, “what keeps you up at night?” Burton asked.

Beth Elohim’s Rabbi Andy Bachman: “So much Israeliness we have not tapped.”

For Cantors, Season Of Their Discontent

Glimmers of hope amid loss of nusach tradition and cantorial positions.
09/06/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Like musical Johnny Appleseeds, Cantors Bernard Beer and Sherwood Goffin have spent the last two years traveling the Modern Orthodox countryside — from the Five Towns of Long Island to Bergen County to Highland Park, N.J., and beyond — trying to replant the seeds of an art form that is fast disappearing from American synagogues.

Cantor Sherwood Goffin: In tune or out of touch with today’s synagogue?

Amid Mosque Clamor, A Quiet 9/11 Memorial

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A Dutch politician derided by the Anti-Defamation League as an anti-Muslim bigot is among the headline speakers slated to appear at a Sept. 11 rally in Lower Manhattan. The rally, sponsored by the group, Stop Islamization of America, will protest the proposed Islamic community center-mosque near Ground Zero.

Rabbi Meyer Hager, center at right, and some of the firefighters attached to Engine Company 6.
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