NEW YORK (JTA) – The Reform Movement accepted Fox News host Glenn Beck's apology for comparing Reform Judaism to radical Islam.
"The Reform Movement sincerely hopes this apology opens a new door of understanding and cooperation between us and helps to elevate the state of our political discourse," Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism wrote in a letter to Beck.
(JTA) -- A judge threw out a defamation suit against AIPAC by its former foreign policy boss, Steve Rosen.
Judge Erik Christian of the Washington D.C. Superior Court ruled Wednesday that a statement by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that Rosen was fired because his behavior "did not comport with standards that AIPAC expects of its employees" was not defamatory.
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – A growing number of Jews in Wisconsin are joining the protests in Madison against a budget-cutting proposal by the governor to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for public-sector employees.
“Judaism has long stood for the rights of the worker, beginning with the biblical injunction of Deuteronomy: ‘Do not take advantage of the hired worker who is poor and needy,’ ” said Rabbi Bonnie Margulis.
Jewish leaders see ‘absolutely different’ atmosphere to Hill budget talk this time around.
James D. Besser
For years, the start of every new congressional session has sparked cries of alarm from Jewish health and human service providers about the possibility that campaign talk about taming the runaway budget deficit would produce slashed appropriations and decimated programs.
And for years those fears proved largely baseless as lawmakers gave in to the political reality that for all their talk about the deficit monster, voters hate cuts to programs that serve their own communities.
NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish Funds for Justice defended George Soros' comparison of Fox News to the propaganda efforts in 1930s Germany.
In comments Sunday on CNN, the billionaire financier and Holocaust survivor said that attacks on him by Fox host Glenn Beck are an attempt to deceive the public. It's hard to believe such falsehoods could be believed in a democracy, Soros said, invoking the historical comparison of Nazi Germany to warn of their dangers.
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The two organizational arms of the Reconstructionist movement are set to merge.
Following a year-and-a-half of negotiations, the boards of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have voted to form one body that will be responsible for Reconstructionist Judaism in North America.
Reconstructionist leaders say the merger will permit better use of limited resources and allow the movement to focus more effectively on its main concerns: education, movement services and social justice.
(JTA) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas said the Jews did not have to leave postwar Europe because they weren’t persecuted.
In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Joy Behar” program, Thomas told Behar that once World War II ended, the Jews “didn’t have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore. But they were taking other people’s land.”