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Survey Shows How U.S. Latinos View Jews In America

04/16/2012 - 20:00

A survey by the American Jewish Committee on Latino-Jewish relations shows that positive Latino views about Jews tend to correlate with how much contact Latinos have with Jews, as well as their levels of levels of education, income and acculturation.

Eighteen percent of Latinos in the survey were shown to be highly familiar with Jews and 31 percent were not familiar with them at all.

Chicago Teen Marks The Shoah — Every Day

04/16/2012 - 20:00

The date selected for Yom Hashoah, 27 Nisan, marks the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Chosen—not without controversy—by the Israeli Knesset in 1953, it serves as an occasion to mark the deaths of those Jews murdered by the Nazis for whom no date of death is known.

But what of those whose dates of death were recorded?

Obama, Netanyahu Differ Publicly On Iran

04/16/2012 - 20:00

Exposing a rift with Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the U.S. has not “given anything away” in recently renewed nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama said he believed there was still time for diplomacy. His assessment, delivered at the close of a Latin American summit in Colombia, came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the U.S. and world powers had given Tehran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks next month.

Christie’s Advice To Israel: No Concessions

04/16/2012 - 20:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cautioned against Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

Congressmen Threaten PA Aid Over Helen Thomas Award

04/09/2012 - 20:00

In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in their April 6 letter noted that the Foreign Affairs Committee passed legislation last year setting conditions on U.S. assistance to the PA, and that recognition of someone like Helen Thomas goes against those conditions.

Show To Focus On Jews Who Left Ultra-Orthodoxy

04/09/2012 - 20:00

A proposed new reality TV show could center on former ultra-Orthodox Jews who have chosen to leave the community. “It’s about twenty somethings who make the decision to leave everything behind, and are now faced with living their lives without help from anyone and very little knowledge of the outside secular world,” said producer Noah Scheinmann, according to the New York Daily News.

White House Rejects Peres Request For Pollard Release

04/09/2012 - 20:00

The White House on Monday announced that the U.S. rejected a request by Israeli President Shimon Peres to pardon Jonathan Pollard, who is serving his 27th year of a life sentence after being convicted of spying for Israel.

“Our position has not changed in this case,” National Security Council Spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.

Pollard was hospitalized April 6 in North Carolina. He complained of sharp pain and was rushed to a nearby hospital after prison medical officials were unable to ease his discomfort.

Washington Jewish Week Owners Win Auction for Baltimore Jewish Times

04/02/2012 - 20:00

Route 95 Publications, LLC, which owns the Washington Jewish Week, submitted the winning bid of $1.26 million for Alter Communications, publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine.

Louis Mayberg of Route 95 said Monday that the 93-year-old Jewish Times would maintain its identity as a local newspaper with “Baltimore-based reporters covering Baltimore-based issues,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

New Jersey’s Christie Visits Israel

04/02/2012 - 20:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made Israel his first official overseas trip this week, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a visit that may boost the rising Republican star’s foreign policy credentials ahead of November’s presidential election.

Christie, 49, is mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012 and a possible presidential candidate in 2016. He has brushed aside repeated appeals from top Republican donors to enter this year’s presidential race.

Times Square ‘Land Day’ Protest Falls Short Of Expectations

04/02/2012 - 20:00

The turnout for an anti-Israel “Land Day” demonstration in Times Square on March 30 was “under 30,” according to an informal estimate New York Police Department officers gave JointMedia News Service on scene.

The larger crowd anticipated by organizers did not appear for the rally, which was held to support Arab claims to Israel. Sarah Wellington, recently involved in a failed attempt to cause Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Co-op to boycott Israeli goods, led the demonstrators gathered at 47th Street.

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