Brandeis Suspends Ties With Palestinian University

11/19/2013 - 19:00

Waltham, Mass. -- Brandeis University has suspended its partnership with the West Bank’s Al-Quds University in light of recent events at the Palestinian school, including a Nazi-style demonstration on its main campus in Jerusalem.

Most U.S. Jewish Groups Wary Of Iran Deal

Organizations praise president for taking on issue, but say more sanctions are needed.

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Most Jewish groups here are siding with Israel as it warns against a possible deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program in return for the easing of sanctions, but they are also at pains to applaud the Obama administration for tackling the issue.

Jewish groups are walking a tightrope when it comes to President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran. Getty Images

‘Yids’ Nickname Spurs Hot Soccer Controversy

As pressure builds on NFL Redskins to change name, is Tottenham’s moniker really a term of endearment?

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Web Editor

Here, it’s the Redskins. Across the pond, it’s the Yids.

Even as National Football League football fans in the United States have been debating whether the Washington, D.C., team should change its ethnically charged name, football fans in the United Kingdom — where football means soccer — have been having a similarly heated conversation.

When Spurs star Jermain Defoe scores, fans chant, “Jermaine Defoe, he’s a Yiddo.” Getty Images

Fighting To Keep Church-State Wall High

Steadfast opposition to public prayer took small-town N.Y. litigant to Supreme Court.
11/11/2013 - 19:00

Washington — The need for a firm barrier between church and state is as clear now for Susan Galloway as it was in grade school, when she was expected to sing carols at the Christmas show.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Getty Images

For Israel, A Foreign Policy Camelot

JFK essentially laid the foundation for the modern U.S.-Israel alliance. Remembering how he did it, 50 years on.
11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jews in America have little memory of JFK’s Jewish relationships. “JFK and the Jews” had little to do with the Jews,  and everything to do with Israel. Looking back at his legacy, as the Nov. 22 anniversary nears, American Jews have good reasons, therefore, to mourn.

In his brief presidency, John F. Kennedy reversed the Eisenhower’s indifference to Israel. Getty Images

Claims Conference Founder Saul Kagan Dies

11/11/2013 - 19:00

Saul Kagan, the founder and longtime leader of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the main vehicle for negotiating with Germany over restitution for Holocaust survivors, died Nov. 10 at 91.

ADL 'Disappointed' By Bush Participation In Missionary Fundraiser

11/07/2013 - 19:00

A group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity removed from its website references to a scheduled fundraiser appearance by George W. Bush, though a Bush spokesman said the former president still plans to attend.

Bush was scheduled to headline a Nov. 14 fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, with tickets ranging from $250 to $100,000.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League on Monday afternoon gently critiicized the former president for his participation in the event.

President Bush departs St. John's Episcopal Church following services in December 2007 in Washington. Getty Images

Ex-President Bush To Headline For Missionary Group

11/04/2013 - 19:00

Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser in Texas for a group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity.

Bush is scheduled to appear Nov. 14 in suburban Dallas to raise funds for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that says its mission “is to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah, knowing their acceptance will eventually mean life from the dead.”

New Haven Federation Mailing List Used For Political Campaign

11/06/2013 - 19:00


(JTA) — The address list and labels from the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation were used by the campaign for a mayoral candidate in the Connecticut city.

The mass mailing in support of Toni Harp was delivered over the weekend. Some recipients recognized the labels as originating from the federation, the New Haven Register reported.

Syndney Perry, executive director of the federation, told the newspaper that the federation never takes a position during an election.

Promising A New GA Approach

JFNA head says it won’t be just talk when federations meet in Israel for annual confab.
11/04/2013 - 19:00

This time, it’s not going to be just talking. There’s going to be listening and debating — and, eventually, action.

That’s what Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, says will distinguish this year’s General Assembly, which is slated for Nov. 10-12 in Jerusalem, from past GA conferences.

Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the 2012 General Assembly in Baltimore, Md. (JFNA) JTA
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