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Jewish Leaders Meet with Senate Democrats

05/26/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish leaders met with more than a third of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate.

Twenty-two senators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), attended Wednesday's meeting. The caucus has 59 senators.

Emanuel Heckled During Jerusalem Visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Activists heckled White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as he and his family toured the Old City of Jerusalem in honor of his son's bar mitzvah.

Emanuel and his entourage on Thursday visited the newly restored Huvra synagogue, amid shouts of "anti-Semite."

When the family arrived at the Western Wall, Rahm Emanuel did not approach the wall, though his son did, the Jerusalem Post reported,

Heavy security surrounded the family during their tour of Jerusalem, according to reports.

Pro-Israel, With Questions: Beinart Pins his Thesis to the Synagogue Door

05/25/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Peter Beinart attends an Orthodox synagogue, once edited The New Republic (the closest thing to a smicha for Jewish policy wonks) and backed Sen. Joe Lieberman’s quixotic 2004 bid to become the first Jewish president.

Which is why he’s always been counted among the Washington pundits who defend Israel, Zionism and the right of American Jews to lobby for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.

Beinart also frets about how Jewish his kids will be.

Terror Attack Averted on Tel Aviv Bus

05/25/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli police were searching the Tel Aviv area for a man and woman who reportedly tried to carry out a terror attack on a bus on Dizengoff Street.

A man sitting in the back of the bus wearing a heavy coat on a hot day yelled "slaughter the Jews" in Arabic, while a woman in the front of the bus tried to prevent the frightened passengers from getting off the bus, according to reports.

For Hebrew Learning, The Skype’s The Limit

Internet tutoring is on leading edge of use of technology beyond the classroom.
05/25/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Walk around Temple Micah when religious school is in session, and you will see children praying, having discussions and working on art projects. 

What you won’t find are alef-bet drill sessions, or language instruction of any kind.

While Hebrew is on the curriculum at this 485-family Reform congregation in Washington, D.C., students now do all their Hebrew learning from home, through private tutoring sessions conducted via the Internet videoconferencing service Skype. 

A student at Washington, D.C.’s Temple Micah learns Hebrew with her online tutor. Courtesy of Temple Micah

Rand Paul Victory Poses Risks For Jewish Republicans as Tea Party Movement Surges

RJC, in unusual move, opposes Tea Party candidate.
05/25/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

 Rand Paul, the Tea Party insurgent who was the upset victor in last week’s Kentucky Republican Senate primary, could be the biggest headache yet for a Republican Party that hopes to capitalize on the populist surge without getting tainted by the angry movement’s extremists.

Some observers say Rand Paul’s strong pro-Israel views could draw Jewish campaign givers.

Washington JCRC to National Geographic: You’re All Wet on Water Exhibit

05/25/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A prominent Jewish umbrella organization rebuked National Geographic for "singling out and negatively portraying the State of Israel" in an exhibit dedicated to water.

The Jewish Community Relations Council sent a letter to National Geographic regarding an exhibition running through June 13 at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, Calif.

Media: Beinart - Young Jews Want Seats In Jewish Lobby

Peter Beinart warns that alienation from Israel now at a breaking point.
05/24/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Once upon a time, assimilated Jews would, well, assimilate, leaving Judaism to the Jews. Similarly, Jewish liberals — prizing universalism over parochialism — pretty much left Zionism to the professional Zionists.

Peter Beinart’s New York Review of Books essay touched off a serious debate on Zionism.

Court Refuses To Overturn Beit Yonatan Evacuation in Eastern Jerusalem

05/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — A Jerusalem court has rejected an appeal by Jewish families to allow them to continue living in an eastern Jerusalem building.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled Tuesday not to overturn an order to seal off the Beit Yonatan building in Silwan, a predominately Palestinian neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. Eight families live in the building, which was built without a permit in 2004 by the right-wing group Ateret Cohanim.

Jewish Groups Urge Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

05/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations is urging Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

The coalition, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, sent a letter Tuesday to Congress.

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