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Some Thoughts on Israel's Independence Day

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

With the U.S.-Israel relationship under growing strain, someone has to step forward to act as its guardian. American Jews have a crucial role in that. We need to begin by laying out the contours of a normal, healthy relationship between Israel and the United States.

Jewish National Fund Award To Anti-Gay Pastor Angers Some Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Decrying Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley’s “sordid history of virulent homophobic statements and actions,” a gay Jewish group is protesting...

The Days of 'Kumbaya' Are Over: It's Time for Netanyahu and Abbas to Enter the Tent

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

When both Barack Obama and James Baker take the same position on a critical foreign policy and national security issue, you know things have changed. When the bald call for automatic support for an Israeli government that has betrayed its own principles and people, and its agreements with the United States, finally turns away former supporters, you know things have changed.

Samantha Lachman

American Jewish Groups Largely Quiet On Netanyahu's Controversial Campaign Statements

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Many influential American Jewish organizations have avoided condemning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent controversial ...

Is America Becoming Anti-Semitic?

John A. Tures | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When a Republican gubernatorial candidate allegedly kills himself after a possible campaign to discredit him for being Jewish, it's worth a look to see if such anti-Semitic behavior is widespread in America today.

Remembering the African-American/Jewish Coalition of Support for the March From Selma to Montgomery

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Few leaders were more important to and decisive in mobilizing public opinion in support of the march than leaders from the American Jewish community. Ironically, it was this historic coalition that came to mind when I listened to and read the 24/7 media commentary around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to Congress.

High-Stakes Netanyahu Speech

Michelle Kraus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

What was the real deal with the Benjamin Netanyahu speech this week? It seems that Speaker John Boehner might have been set up by his own party. In f...

Netanyahu Speech Creates Rift Among Jews

USA Today | William M. Welch | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jewish leaders and activists are worried about widening political divisions between Israel and the White House sparked by Is...

New Report Says Anti-Semitism Is A Big Problem At American College Campuses

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) A student group in South Africa this month called on all Jews to leave the Durban University of Technology, an act of anti-Semitism t...

Where Are The Queer Spaces For Jewish Women?

J.E. Reich | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

Even though the West Village offers "lesbian nights" on Fridays in hallowed locales like the Stonewall Inn and the Monster Bar NYC, it's a far cry from the dozens of spaces and nights for gay men spackled across the Five Boroughs.

Dear Congress, Please #SkipTheSpeech

Naomi Dann | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

The unprecedented backlash against Netanyahu's upcoming speech demonstrates what may be a historic moment in the history of U.S./Israeli relations. This moment is also significant in that it demonstrates the growing rift between the American Jewish community and Israel, a rift that Netanyahu has helped to accelerate.

What an American Jew Really Thinks of Netanyahu, Israel and Religion

Stu Kreisman | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Stu Kreisman

Over the past few weeks I have been called anti-Semitic, a Nazi lover, a self-hating Jew, a disgrace to "my people" and worse, all because I despise the war mongering, self-promoting Netanyahu and his policy of continuing to build settlements.

The Jewish Day School Discussion: Take Two

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

It's damn expensive to send multiple kids to Jewish day schools. It's expensive to send just one. Jews still feel like they are being priced out of their religion, but there's a sliver of hope -- schools that employ blended learning that charge $9,000 tuition per child as opposed to the standard $15,000-$18,000

Why Jews Go to Florida

Chef Rossi | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy
Chef Rossi

"Why do Jews go to Florida?" I asked my mother as we were driving to Florida from New Jersey. "Because we're smart!" she answered.

Movies and Chinese Food: The Jewish Christmas Tradition

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 12.05.2014 | Entertainment
Isaac Zablocki

There is an old Talmudic debate about whether one should eat Chinese food on Christmas after going to a movie, or before. After centuries of rabbinic contemplation, the jury is still out. But it is clear that movie watching is a crucial activity for Jews on the birthday of Jesus.

A Jewish Perspective on Giving Tuesday

Seth Moskowitz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Seth Moskowitz

Judaism directs us to always look beyond our own selves to "K'lal Yisrael," to the greater good of the entire community.

Jewish Millennials and Co.

Martin Marty | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Relying on a variety of polls that use a variety of methods and definitions, and, always ready to point to a few counter-trends, we've reported on those who track the religious or irreligious young through various cohorts or with various religious identities.

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

How Not to Court the Jewish Vote

Stosh Cotler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Stosh Cotler

Too often, politicians operate on the mistaken assumption that the only issue that matters to America's Jewish voters at the polls is Israel.

15 Problems You'll Only Understand If You're a Jew Who Doesn't 'Look Jewish'

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Sarah Gladstone

Once you're in, you're in, but the idea of having to "prove" something about a fundamental part of who you are, just because you don't have the "right look," seems absurd. Not all Jews are white with curly brown hair, OK? That's never been the way it was and it never will be.

Answering the Pew

Dan Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Dan Ross

Our current data is of course limited by survey's methods, which were good at collecting the information that we thought we wanted, like intermarriage rates and the ascendance of "Jews of no religion."

Breaking the Jewish Taboo on Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Lev Raphael

This is Banned Books Week and though I've never had any of my twenty-five books banned, one of my books was sidelined in an insidious way that amounte...

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

What Being 'Pro-Israel' Should Mean

Abraham Gutman | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Abraham Gutman

This label insinuates that their primary concern is reaching the best outcome for the state of Israel. The irony is that sometimes the most so-called "Pro-Israel" people are those who are advocating for policies that hurt Israel.