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J Street Snags Gen. Jones for national conference

Is this a signal, or what?

Today J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby that major Jewish leaders love to hate, announced that National Security Adviser James Jones will keynote their first national conference, scheduled to begin here in Washington on October 25.

One reason so many leaders of established pro-Israel groups are apoplectic about J Street is that they fear the dovish group, which isn't exactly in sync with the current government in Jerusalem, has good access to the Obama White House.

Heksher Tzedek OK With Esrog Racketeering?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 Are Heksher Tzedek rabbis, are the Uri L’Tzedek ethical preachers, any better than the Rubashkins of Agriprocessors? Not when it come to Sukkot. When it’s Sukkos time, just days after Yom Kippur, ethics be damned.  

Wexler leaving Congress for Middle East peace group

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a prominent member of the Jewish delegation in Congress and an early and vocal Barack Obama supporter, is leaving Congress to head up a group devoted to Middle East peace, according to the Miami Herald.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group? October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

 

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.”

 

Helping Hands And Mixed Feelings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As I sit in my Manhattan office and write this, my two teenagers are spending part of their isru chag day off from school dismantling the sukkah and returning it to long-term shed storage. I resist the urge to micromanage by calling them up to advise how to angle the metal poles to fit diagonally in the shed.

 

A Time To Give Comfort

08/04/2006
Editor & Publisher
The words of the Prophet Isaiah to be read in the synagogue this Shabbat take on a particularly poignant meaning this year, resonating in our hearts and instructing those of us removed from the Mideast conflict how best to be helpful at this painful time: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” says the Lord, following the destruction of the Holy Temple. “Speak comfortingly to Jerusalem and tell her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.”

On Yom Kippur, The Chance To Start Anew

09/21/2007
Editor & Publisher
We are entering 5768 with any number of reasons to worry about the future of Israel and Jewish life in the U.S. and around the world. But we would do well to encounter these challenges with an attitude similar to the one with which we are taught to approach Yom Kippur: a mixture of reflection, humility, repentance, resolve and, with it all, confidence.
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