New Era On The Hill

New Congress will be missing some of its longtime pro-Israel pillars.
12/10/2012 - 19:00

Washington — When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.

Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Jewish Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Gary Ackerman (D-Queesn/L.I.), the ranking member on the committee’s Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee; and Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), a point person on funding Israel’s missile-defense efforts. Absent from the Senate will be Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).

ADL Hails Drop in FBI Hate Crimes Stats, Though Still 'Far Too Many'

12/09/2012 - 19:00

The Anti-Defamation League welcomed an FBI report showing a decrease in hate crimes over the past 10 years but said there were still “far too many” such crimes.

There were 6,222 hate crimes reported during 2011, according to the report released Monday. The year 2000 showed slightly more than 8,000 hate crimes.

The 2011 figure was a 6 percent decrease from 2010 and the least number of such crimes reported since 1994.

Event Spurned By Stevie Wonder Raises More Than $14 Million

Musician pulled out of Friends of Israel Defense Forces fundraiser, citing recommendation from UN.
12/09/2012 - 19:00

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million.

More than 1,400 people attended the event in Los Angeles to aid Israeli soldiers. Entertainment mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl chaired the gala. Saban is a national board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Stevie Wonder warmed up the crowd during an Obama trip to Ohio during his presidential campaign. Getty Images

A Freedom March Of Our Own

Remembering the Washington rally for Soviet Jewry, 25 years on.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At the recent General Assembly of Jewish federations, Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky sat together to reminisce about what may have been the most successful revolution in the Jewish world in recent history — and the most forgotten one as well. It’s time for that to change. 

The scene at Soviet Jewry rally in December 1987.

Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Spurred by new social-justice group, rabbis nationwide urge increase for wealthy Americans.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As President Barack Obama and Congress tackle the financial crisis and the politically explosive issue of tax reform, the American Jewish community has remained quiet — until now.

Nearly 240 rabbis have signed a letter in support of the president’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making above $250,000 annually. The letter was written by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, which bills itself as the largest Jewish social justice organization devoted to domestic policy issues.

Bend the Arc’s letter backs President Obama’s tax policy over that of the Republican House Speaker John Boehner, left. getty

Reactions To UN, E-1

Seven White Plains rabbis welcome Palestinians’ vote with ‘cautious optimism,’ mixed reactions on settlement expansion.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Seven White Plains rabbis have told their congregants that the United Nations vote granting the Palestinians nonmember observer status should be “greeted with cautious optimism and not simply recriminations, finger-pointing and expressions of despair.”

Rabbi Shira Milgrom was one of seven White Plains rabbis to sign letter expressing cautious optimism about UN vote  on Palestini

‘It’s Always Better To Have Dialogue’

After shakeout over Israel, Jewish and liberal Protestant groups plan summit.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The latest breach between some leaders of the U.S. Jewish community and a major sector of American Christianity remains open, two months after liberal Protestant participants in the Christian-Jewish Roundtable dialogue group urged Congress to reconsider aid to Israel because of the Jewish state’s “widespread human rights violations committed against Palestinians.”

JFNA's TribeFest Event To Skip 2013

12/03/2012 - 19:00

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is planning the third installment of its TribeFest young leadership conference for 2014, giving the Las Vegas confab a year off after successful events this year and last year.

The umbrella group for American Jewish philathropy is instead planning a smaller, low-key young leadeship conference  this March in Dallas, to include several hundred TribeFest alumni.

What happens in Vegas won't include TribeFest this March.

"Seriously, No F***ing Jews," Says Flyer In Harvard Dorms

12/02/2012 - 19:00

Harvard University students received flyers from a supposed “Harvard’s Newest Final Club” explicitly stating that Jews should not apply but “coloreds” are welcome to do so.

The flyer invited students to an introductory club event, listing three virtues: “inclusion,” with the footnote of “Jews need not apply”; “diversity,” followed by the words “Seriously, no f*ing Jews. Coloreds OK”; and “Love,” which directed students to the word “Rophynol,” a misspelled version of the date rape drug rohypnol, according to the Harvard Crimson.

UPDATED: Hazon, Isabella Freedman To Merge

New tie-up of Jewish environmental organizations includes Teva Learning Alliance; will be called Hazon.
12/02/2012 - 19:00

Three Jewish environmental organizations have announced plans to merge, finding one answer to the question of sustaining innovative “second-stage” Jewish organizations.

Hazon, the Jewish organization known for its bike rides and community-supported agriculture (CSA) network will join forces with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and Teva Learning Alliance, which trains environmental educators.

Hazon got its start sponsoring bike rides and also runs a food conference. Photo courtesy Hazon
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