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Oren, J Street Meet

04/15/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's U.S. ambassador formally met with the director of J Street.

"The conversation, which took place at the Israeli Embassy, lasted approximately one hour and covered a wide range of topics, including the peace process, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Iran," said a statement from the group describing the Thursday afternoon meeting between Ambassador Michael Oren and Jeremy Ben-Ami.

Clinton to P.A.: Talk to Israel

04/15/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the Palestinian Authority to join negotiations with Israel.

"We strongly urge President Abbas and his government to join negotiations with Israel now," the U.S. Secretary of State said Thursday evening, addressing a Center for Middle East Peace dinner.

Momo Returns

08/31/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After splitting from Birthright Israel two months ago, he’s back.

Ex-Birthright provider Momo Lifshitz going after same population popular trip targets.

Olmert Called Chief Suspect in Holyland Scandal

04/14/2010 - 20:00

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was identified as the chief suspect in a massive real estate scandal that also has led to the arrest of former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Police on Thursday identified Olmert as the senior figure in the Holyland project scandal.

Senate Letter Urging Tensions Tamp-down Gets 76 Signatures

04/13/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate urged the Obama administration not to allow tensions with Israel to harm relations or the prospects of a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Green Day For AJC

11/16/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer

San Francisco — In its effort to elevate the issue of energy independence, the venerable American Jewish Committee has pushed for policy change in Washington, “greened” its own New York headquarters and even offered cash incentives for its employees to buy hybrid cars.

A Tesla electric sports car parked outside of San Francisco’s JCC, site of an environmental conference. Right, AJC “green” missi

Poll: Obama Struggling With Jews, but Not on Israel

04/13/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A new survey shows President Obama struggling with American Jews -- but not on Israel-related matters.

The American Jewish Committee poll of U.S. Jews found that Obama's approval rating is at 57 percent, with 38 percent disapproving. That's down from the stratospheric 79 percent approval rating among Jews that Obama enjoyed about a year ago, in May 2009. The AJC poll was conducted March 2-23 and surveyed 800 self-identifying Jewish respondents selected from a consumer mail panel.

Q: "Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration's handling of the Iran nuclear issue? Image: AJC

Liberal Jewish Groups Optimistic About Stevens’ Replacement

04/13/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Jewish groups who liked John Paul Stevens as a Supreme Court justice are getting ready to dish out the same like to whomever replaces him.

Most of the Jewish groups closely tracking court decisions favor Stevens' liberal record, with minor qualifications, and do not believe that President Obama will choose a replacement who deviates from the norm.

Jewish Music That Doesn’t Kid Around

With her ‘Shir Fun’ classes and albums, singer Dafna Israel-Kotok is at the forefront of a new type of Jewish children’s edu-tainment.
04/12/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

On a Wednesday morning shortly before Passover, in a sunny room overlooking the Henry Hudson Parkway, Dafna Israel-Kotok is in her element.

Joyously shaking her long, straight black hair as she plays guitar and sings for about 10 small children and their moms, the 30-something Sabra musician freely alternates between English and her native Hebrew.

Dafna Israel-Kotok: Kids music “you can grow with.” Photo courtesy of Shir Fun

Incentives To Lure Faithful Seen Growing

In bid to stabilize neighborhoods, more Modern Orthodox shuls offering cash for new blood.
04/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

When Phillip and Aviva Angel felt priced out of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and wanted to find a Modern Orthodox community where they could put down permanent roots, they searched the Internet for Jewish housing incentives.

“Being Modern Orthodox and the father of sons, I didn’t feel there were really any options for affordable Orthodox Jewish education in Brooklyn,” said Angel, a self-employed architectural consultant. “We were also looking for a suburb where you can commute affordably to New York City.”

Have money, will relocate? Fleetwood Synagogue in Mt. Vernon is offering up to $30,000 for new families. Michael Datikash
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