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Are American Jews About to Follow the Canadian Pattern?

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Brent E. Sasley

Somewhat surprisingly, nobody seems to have pointed to the Canadian case as potentially being replicated here. After all, there are many similarities between the two Jewish communities, including shared community institutions.

U.S. Boat to Gaza is a Quarter Jewish -- "Not Too Shabby!"

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What does it mean that the U.S. Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? Maybe it means that we can openly contest a construction of Jewish identity based on supporting the obstruction of Palestinian freedom.

The Not-So Swift Boating of Obama on Israel

Marc R. Stanley | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Marc R. Stanley

Bad information about the President's stance on Israel has been intentionally pushed by Republicans in a cynical attempt to gain favor with Jewish voters. This is a dangerous game.

'One Jewish People' Takes Work

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

I wish I could provide a happy ending to the story. I can't. The divide is great. Much work needs to be done and Siach was an important first step. But there is a seed of hope

A Seder For Broken Jews

David Suissa | Posted 06.19.2011 | Religion
David Suissa

A big fashion of recent times has been to rewrite or repackage the Passover haggadah to fit our individual tastes. The Master Story of the Jews, then, becomes the Master Story of Me.

Why Bad, Sweet Wine Is A Passover Tradition

The Atlantic | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home

"A seder without sweet Manischewitz," the comedian Jackie Mason once said, "would be like horseradish without tears, like a cantor without a voice, li...

The Blind Leading the Blind

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The sense of vulnerability within Israel has become so deeply engrained that it is hard to recover. Even dissent against policies which threaten to upend its remarkable accomplishments is intolerable.

What If Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

American culture had definitively shifted away from the old stereotypes. Jews are no longer the Other. We are not strangers in a strange land.

How One Survivor Of Terrorism Is Giving Back

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Sarri Singer will never forget that horrific moment of silence. To this day, when a glass drops, she's reflexively brought back to what she describes as a "silence of death all around."

Jews Hope Vegas Will Draw Lost Members Back To The Fold

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service A coalition of American Jewish groups are placing their bets on Las Vegas, a destination they hope will sim...

Why the Jewish Right Is Terrified by J Street's Conference

Dan Fleshler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Fleshler

American Jews, evidently, are not supposed to listen to Arabs who are unhappy with Israel, or to people with different narratives and perspectives than those of the pro-Israel community.

U.S. Rabbis Blast Israel Over Immigration Policy For Converts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM -- Nearly 100 American Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they per...

Jews for Sarah Palin Video!

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

In light of the recent blood libel manufactured against Sarah "Sarahleh Palinsky" Palin, I present the following video, made during the 2008 campaign, in which Jews communicate why they support Palin and consider her a member of the tribe.

Top 10 Reasons to Stop the Blood Libel Schmear Campaign against Honorary Jew Sarah Palin

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

As a Jewess, I think it's an absolute shandeh that so many schmucks are talking such drek about you, Sarah Palin. You have every right to make statements about us chosen people because you practically are a chosen person yourself.

Why I Wrote Jews and Money

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Abraham H. Foxman

On a personal level, the stereotype about Jews and money leads to distrust and legitimizes comments about people that are hurtful. On a societal level, it opens up a variety of attacks against Jews that can be damaging.

U.S. Jews And Evangelicals Help Israel Rebuild After Fires

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking a central role in rebuilding the Carmel re...

Rethinking Peter Beinart's Israel Article

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

An impressive group of thinkers gathered on Tuesday night at the 92nd St. Y to debate the topic of "Has the American Jewish Establishment Failed Young Jews?"

NJDC to American Jewish Community: If You Care About Iran, Help Pass START Now

Marc R. Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc R. Stanley

So many in the American Jewish community - reflecting Israel's leaders - are rightly gravely concerned about the dangers posed by Iran. Indeed Iran ha...

Can The Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage And Welcome Interfaith Families?

Edmund C. Case | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Edmund C. Case

There needs to be a fundamental change in Jewish attitudes towards intermarriage. We need to embrace the potential for positive Jewish outcomes, and stop talking about intermarriage as bad.

Bibi, Thomas Friedman, and U.S. Jews Divesting from Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

American Jews are not showing significant numbers in the divestment movement against Israel. But they are divesting emotionally. They are quietly -- but in terms of impact, dramatically -- withdrawing altogether.

Are American Jews Becoming Republicans Over Israel? Don't Bet On It

David Halperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Halperin

Fear-mongering about President Obama's supposed lack of support for Israel just doesn't hold water. The United States' relationship with Israel has strengthened, not waned during the Obama administration.

Renewing Abraham's Children In The New Year And Liberating Them From The Old

Peter Ochs, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Peter Ochs, Ph.D.

What troubles me about last year is connected to what troubles me about Gen. 22:2. The text grates on my ears and eyes because it reminds me that American Jews seem to have forgotten that Ishmael is their great-grand-uncle.

American Jews, You Are Next

Avraham Burg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Avraham Burg

The question, my beloved American Jewish friends, is what you do in front of the very realistic possibility that Israel is no longer "the only democracy in the Middle East," because Israel is not a real democracy anymore.

There's a Whiff of McCarthyism in the Air

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

In the censure of public officials on Israel, there's a whiff of McCarthyism in the air, and it doesn't smell any better today than it did 60 years ago.

Herzl and J Street are right: You can be Pro Peace and Pro Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Lately there have been attempts to exert pressure on Obama's administration to minimize conflict with the Netanyahu government. An open letter by Ron ...