Students Seen ‘Suspicious’ Of Israel Education

Study released at national day school conference; technology, special ed also major themes.


Los Angeles — Mike, a junior at a Jewish day school, says he has a deep and unwavering connection to Israel, but also acknowledges that he feels he has been “spoon fed propaganda” about the Jewish state from his teachers over the years.

That ambivalence is typical of day school students, according to a study unveiled this week at the annual North American Jewish Day School Conference here, attended by more than 600 educators from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community day schools across the U.S. and Canada.

Battle Over Mideast Transit Ads Heating Up Across U.S.


NEW YORK (JTA) -- With public bickering over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict already having spilled over into university student senates, corporate pension boards and even local farmers markets, the latest battlefield in the debate over the conflict is municipal transit systems.

Jewish Groups Blast, Applaud Charges Against Irvine 11


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Criminal charges were filed against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States in Irvine, Calif.

Jewish groups offered a mixed reaction to the charges filed late last week against nine University of California-Irvine students and two students from UC Riverside. Arraignment is set for March 11 in Santa Ana, Calif. The students disrupted a Feb. 8, 2010 speech by Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine. Oren walked off the stage twice, unable to continue because of the disruption.

Rep. Jane Harman to Quit Congress


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), a pro-Israel stalwart with close ties to the U.S. intelligence community, is quitting Congress.

Harman reportedly is leaving to run the Washington DC- based Woodrow Wilson Center, a preeminent foreign policy think tank.

She is replacing Lee Hamilton, also a prominent former Democratic congressman.

Harman, known for her ties with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was embroiled in 2009 in the controversy over espionage-related charges against two former staffers.

Holocaust Survivors to Picket Allianz Golf Tourney


(JTA) -- Holocaust survivors are set to picket a golf tournament in South Florida sponsored by the international insurance company Allianz.

The company still owes an estimated $2 billion in unpaid claims to Holocaust survivors, say the protesters, who plan to picket Monday at the Boca Raton course of the $1.8 million Allianz Championship. The survivors also plan to return on the final day of the tournament.

Washington Redskins’ Owner Suing Paper for Defamation, Claims Anti-Semitism


NEW YORK (JTA) -- Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder has filed a defamation lawsuit against an alternative D.C. newspaper, claiming in part that the paper’s depiction of him was anti-Semitic.

Egypt 'Working Group' Says Cut Off Aid


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A "working group on Egypt" that includes prominent conservatives and liberals urged the Obama administration to cut assistance to Egypt if violence continues.

White House Official: U.S. Will Not Interfere in Egypt Transition


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A senior White House official told Jewish leaders that the United States does not deal with the Muslim Brotherhood but would not interfere in the Egyptian transition process.

Dan Shapiro, the senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, briefed Jewish leaders on Wednesday evening, as forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak unleashed violence against protesters seeking to unseat his 30-year autocracy.

Jimmy Carter Sued Over Book on Palestine


(JTA) -- Five angry readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter for his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

Book publisher Simon & Schuster was also named in the lawsuit over the book published in 2006.

Cash For Congregants Seen Getting Results

From Alabama to Long Island, shuls offering loans
and grants to lure young families.


San Francisco — They were looking to move anyway, said Stephanie Butler. And the $50,000 incentive being offered by Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Ala., to young Jewish families willing to relocate helped tip the scales.

“We never would have looked at Dothan if not for this program,” she said.

Stephanie Butler, shown here with son Eli, is happy with the family’s new life in Dothan, Ala. Temple Emanu-El
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