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Jewish Groups Ask Obama Not to Veto Settlements Resolution

01/21/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- J Street and Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to withhold a U.S. veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

In a policy statement posted Thursday on its website, J Street noted that for 40 years and across eight presidential administrations, the United States has called on Israel to stop building settlements

Congressman Expresses Regret About Holocaust Terminology

01/21/2011

(JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, expressed regrets about his use of Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans during the debate over health care reform.

"I would certainly never do anything to diminish the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, as I revere and respect the history of my people," Cohen said in a statement released Thursday. "I sponsored legislation which created one of the first state Holocaust Commissions in America and actively served as a Commission member for over 20 years."

Mass. Swears In First Jewish Statewide Official in Half Century

01/20/2011

(JTA) -- Steven Grossman became the first Jewish statewide elected official in Massachusetts in 53 years when he was sworn in as its new treasurer.

Grossman, who took the oath Thursday, is a former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties, as well as the former chair of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to Close in Two Years

01/20/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- One of the country’s largest Jewish foundations will close in two years and its assets will be divided among the foundations of its founder’s heirs.

The San Francisco-based Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, which has about $280 million in assets, will close at the end of 2012, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why B'nai B'rith Opposes Health Care Reform Repeal

Affordable Health Care: Why We Need it

01/20/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Health care reform is proving to be one of the most deeply divisive issues Congress has tackled in a long time. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the last thing we wanted to do was get in the middle of an increasingly partisan battle. But as an organization dedicated to the healthy aging of our nation’s seniors, we have no choice but to speak out on behalf of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because of the good things in the law passed last March that will help all Americans age safely and healthily.

Alabama Governor Apologizes

01/20/2011

(JTA) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized for saying in inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his "brothers and sisters."

Bentley met Wednesday for an hour with representatives of Alabama's Jewish community, including leaders of Birmingham's Jewish federation, the Birmingham News reported.

Afterward he told reporters that he was sorry.

Jewish Groups Call Out Rep. Cohen on Holocaust Imagery

01/20/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups called on a Democratic congressman to apologize for using Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), addressing the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night in a debate over a Republican bill to repeal last year's heath care reforms, likened Republican claims to tactics used by the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

"They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” he said. He also called the Republican claims a "blood libel."

With Stuxnet Delaying Iran’s Bomb, Is the Urgency Gone?

01/19/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying “More of the same, please.”

The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by keeping the country's nuclear weapons program at bay are obvious: Better to stop Iran with cyber warfare -- in this case, the Stuxnet computer virus, which reportedly caused Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control -- than actual warfare.

Living Out Their Jewish Values — Quickly

Fueled by young Jews’ interest, short-term social-justice trips are booming, and becoming more professional.

01/18/2011
Staff Writer

In Gedera, a predominantly Ethiopian town in central Israel, a group of college students from the University of Massachusetts began clearing a litter-strewn courtyard in the town center. Their goal: to plant a community garden in a little more than a week’s time.

As they tilled the soil, older Ethiopians who lived in the area began peering out their windows, watching curiously as the project unfolded. After some time, they came outside and began helping as well.

Hands to work: University of Michigan students in Nicaragua. Courtesy of AJWS

PLO Mission Raises Flag in D.C.

01/18/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The PLO office in Washington raised a flag for the first time.

"It's about time that this flag that symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in the United States," said Palestine Liberation Organization envoy Maen Areikat in a brief ceremony Tuesday outside its Dupont Circle offices. "We hope that this will help in the international efforts to provide recognition for the Palestinian state."

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