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Journalist David Twersky Dies

07/20/2010

(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

David Twersky: A “remarkable journalist,” he previously served as an adviser to Abba Eban.

Jewish Funds for Justice Runs Ad Criticizing Glenn Beck

07/19/2010

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than 250 rabbis, Christian clergy, Jewish leaders and other supporters signed on to a Jewish Funds for Justice ad criticizing Glenn Beck’s comments about the organization.

The ad, which appeared in the most recent edition of the Forward, was part of an ongoing feud between the conservative Fox TV host and Jewish Funds for Justice.

American Jewish Congress Suspends Activities

07/18/2010

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Congress has suspended its activities after running out of funds.

The suspension of the venerable Jewish-American advocacy organization's activities, confirmed to JTA on Sunday by acting co-executive director Marc Stern, comes after months of rumors that the organization was on the verge of collapse after losing most of its endowment in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

As of Sunday afternoon there was no mention of the suspension on the AJCongress website.

Homeland Security Releases New Funds to Jewish Non-Profits

07/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Department of Homeland Security released $19 million to secure non-profits, the vast majority Jewish.

Of 271 institutions named in a list released this week by DHS, 254 are Jewish, including synagogues, schools, community centers and offices.

The funds were released as part of a congressionally mandated program in place since 2005 that targets institutions that are vulnerable to attack.

Obama Official Guarantees Levels of Israel Defense Funding

07/16/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An Obama administration official committed to sustaining a 10-year defense assistance program to Israel, saying that advanced tehnology is endangering Israel.

Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said in a rare speech on Friday that the Obama administration has since its outset been committed to maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge over its neighbors.

Support for Israel Near Record High, Gallup Poll Shows

07/15/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Support for Israel among Americans is at a near record high, a new poll showed.

According to the Gallup Poll, 63 percent of Americans say their sympathies in the Middle East conflict are with Israel, while 15 percent side with the Palestinians. The rest favor both sides, neither side or have no opinion.

Support for Israel was higher only in 1991, shortly after Israel was hit with Scud missiles during the Gulf War, when it was at 64 percent.

J Street Calls For Settlement Funder Probe

07/14/2010

 J Street called for an investigation into American charities — including one based in the Five Towns — that fund Israeli settlement activity.

J Street, the self-proclaimed political home for “pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” launched a campaign Monday calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to look into whether organizations named in a July 6 New York Times report have broken the law. 

GOP Heavies Launch New Pro-Israel Group

Kristol, Bauer target J Street’s candidate in Pa. Senate race.

07/14/2010
Washington Correspondent

 J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby, already had a lot on the line in Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate race, where it has bet heavily on Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Sestak.

But the ante was raised this week with the creation of a new group including Republican heavy hitters William Kristol and Gary Bauer that launched with hard-hitting television ads accusing Sestak of being hostile to Israel.

The Education Of Jim Joseph

07/14/2010
Associate Editor

 A Holocaust refugee, Jim Joseph emigrated with his parents from Austria as a small child in 1938. He grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and after graduating from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he entered the real estate business, buying commercial property on the West Coast, including in what would become Silicon Valley. 

Jim Joseph: Realized late that he wanted to reach beyond day schools.

Foundation Cutting Wide Path Through Jewish Life

With huge outlays, Jim Joseph Foundation can be a ‘game-changer.’ But its officials admit identity-building focus can be hard to measure.

07/14/2010
Associate Editor

 When Interland Corporation Founder Jim Joseph died in 2003, at the age of 68, few people outside San Francisco and the real estate field had heard of him.

Today, less than a decade later, the words “Jim Joseph” are among the most frequently uttered syllables in the American Jewish education world, at least among those responsible for fundraising.

Havdalah during the Birthright Israel NEXT fellows training weekend in New Orleans.
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