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Federations Face Donor Problem

At the GA, concern over decline in givers dwarfs recession woes.

11/09/2010
JTA

New Orleans — After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 4,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

An all-time high of 600 college students took part in the JFNA’s General Assembly this week in New Orleans. JFNA

Could Election Change Iran Calculus?

Reading the midterm tea leaves, from the GA in New Orleans to Washington.

11/09/2010
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama’s mounting political woes after last week’s “shellacking” in midterm congressional elections may indirectly lead to greater U.S. flexibility on the issue of Israeli military action to stop its nuclear program.

Some analysts say an administration committed to stopping Iran from going nuclear — but whose options may be even more limited after a big Republican victory based heavily on voters’ economic anxieties — may choose to let Israel take care of the problem.

The Last Liberal Does Down

As Feingold exits, Senate loses a principled Midwesterner.

11/09/2010
JTA

Washington — The speech that Russ Feingold gave to end his career in the U.S. Senate was much like his career itself: by turns crystal clear, obscure, ornery, defiant and gracious — and quoting a fellow Great Plains Jew to boot.

Russ Feingold in Eau Claire, Wis. A fiercely independent streak put him in office and may well have pushed him out. JTA

Liberal Legislative Outlook Is ‘Daunting’

11/09/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

With more than 60 House seats and 650 state legislature seats changing hands and decades-long office holders of all political stripes losing their jobs, we’re still coming to grips with what happened in last week’s congressional midterm elections, let alone what it means for the future.

In A Divided Government, Forging A Centrist Agenda

11/09/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The tectonic plates of power underneath the nation’s capital are radically shifting in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections. Everyone in Washington — from the White House to industry associations to public interest groups and more — is still assessing the fate of the issues they care about in light of the new lay of the land, and the Jewish community is no exception. The good news is, for many of the issues that we care about, the shift from one-party rule to divided government offers opportunities, albeit with challenges, too.

What About the Jewish Baby Boomers?

11/08/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- As America’s 77 million baby boomers retire, they will place an unprecedented burden on the Jewish community’s infrastructure.

They will need more services, and many will want to become involved in a community that isn't making room for them.

The federation system in particular needs to meet the challenge -- and now, as the oldest boomers turn 65 next year -- or face losing the wealthiest and most highly educated generation in American Jewish history.

The Chosen: Jewish Members in the 112th U.S. Congress

11/05/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The following is a list of the 39 Jewish members -- 12 senators and 27 representatives -- who are expected to serve in the 112th U.S. Congress, which is set to convene in January:

U.S. SENATE

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)*

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)**

Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

After Electoral ‘Shellacking,’ Obama ‘Unwavering’ on Peace

11/05/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

Homeland Security Advises Jewish Institutions on Terror Threats

11/04/2010

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised Jewish institutions on protecting themselves from terrorist threats.

About 500 Jewish agencies joined a 75-minute conference call on Wednesday focusing on security. The call was organized after the thwarted mail-bomb threat against two Jewish institutions in Chicago.

Caution, Planning After Cargo Bomb Plot

Secure Community Network briefing jittery institutions amid heightened threat.

11/03/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

On Monday a representative of a Jewish organization in Brooklyn called the police and asked whether the arrival of a package of toner cartridges should be of concern.

When asked the origin of the package, the representative said it was the company’s usual supplier of office products. Open the package without suspicion, the police counseled.

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