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Jewish organizations: too many, or not different enough?

Two weeks ago, Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt wrote a fascinating column  about a 1950s report on redundancy and wastage in the American Jewish world, and how so many of the problems highlighted in the report continue.

Do we really need an American Jewish Congress, an American Jewish Committee, a JCPA, an ADL and all the other alphabet soup agencies, with all their overlapping functions and turf battles?

The Timeless Bad-Things/Good People Question

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinberg, leader of the Orthodox Union, is out with an inspiring op-ed carried by JTA about how we as Jews should respond to massive disasters. It’s well worth a read.

Jewish groups blast Swiss anti-Islam referendum

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 Several Jewish groups don’t care much for Switzerland’s new crackdown on Islam. This week Swiss voters approved a referendum banning the construction of minarets. The measure was pushed by the right-wing Swiss Peoples party, and passed by a surprisingly strong 57 percent majority. Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) were quick to condemn the vote.

The Understatement Of The Year

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I know it’s early, but this surely qualifies for the finals:

“In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky.” — Conan O’Brien

Stop the presses: Jews still more liberal than other religious groups

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 Another poll, another bit of evidence Jews remain more liberal and more Democratic than any other religious group. This time it’s from Gallup, which came up with the less-than-startling  conclusion that 43 percent of Jews consider themselves “liberal,” with only 20 percent identifying as “conservative.”

Stifling debate about Gaza

Monday, January 11th, 2010 I’m wondering if Jewish leaders here think the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz is anti-Israel, and maybe hostile to the Jews. Yesterday the paper editorialized that “Israel needs to rethink its Gaza strategy before it’s too late.”

George Mitchell's Mideast job: Optimist in Chief?

The Politico's prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell's interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.” Asked about the issue of Jerusalem, Mitchell concedes that it is “very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.” What tipped him off?

Mitchell’s Mideast job: Optimist-in-chief

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 The Politico’s prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell’s interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”

Death Of A Madman

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

It’s rare that a major story we cover comes to such a complete and sudden end, as in the case of the U.S. Holocaust Museum shooting last June.

 

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