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Rabbis Support Protestant Leaders' Call To End Unconditional Military Aid To Israel

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

We regret that some Jewish organizations opted to disengage from their Christian colleagues on this painful issue that is of such deep concern to both faith communities.

Actually, I Am Jewish, Even If You Don't Agree

Carla Naumburg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Carla Naumburg

It's as if I'm being outed as an imposter, nothing more than a goy trying to pass with a Jewish last name and a Star of David around her neck. Even so, I don't doubt my decision for a minute, and I would be honored to have those same three rabbis as my witnesses if I were to do it all over again.

North American Jews Move To Israel Despite Risks

AP | BLAKE SOBCZAK | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel -- Despite regional tensions, about 350 Jews from North America landed in Israel on Tuesday, planning to make the Jewish st...

Jewish Students Highlight The Importance of West Bank Travel, Education

Evie M. Salomon | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Evie M. Salomon

When Brian Rizoway and a group of students toured West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, his encounter with the other side of the Zionist narrative took him by surprise.

Mitt, Bibi and Sheldon: The Wrong Way

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Mitchell Cohen

American support for Israel is, has been and ought to be bipartisan. There were very good American reasons for it in the past and there are very good American reasons for it in the future. They are not found in election-time pandering.

An Open Letter to Presbyterian Clergy

Rae Abileah | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rae Abileah

At the General Assembly we watched Christian clergy and laypeople engaging in dialogue on a very difficult topic -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -- with respect, grace and open hearts. It is a true blessing to walk the path of peace with you in solidarity.

Patrilineal 'Dissent': Solving The Jewish Status Problem

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The leaders of the American Jewish community should begin collaborating on such a partnership agreement. Only if we are on the same page on the matter of Jewish status will we be able to seek harmony among the disparate denominations of liberal Judaism.

Jews Must Repudiate All Hatred, Especially From One of Their Own

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam who spins wild hateful conspiracy theories about Muslims, as well as President Obama, had a speaking event cancelled in Los Angeles over the weekend following condemnation by a number of local advocacy groups.

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Shalom Y'all: Southern Jewish Communities Recruit Newcomers As Populations Dwindle

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

This article is a part of Faith Shift, a Huffington Post series on how changes in demographics, culture, politics and theology are transforming religi...

Norman Finkelstein On The End Of The American-Jewish Romance Over Israel

Posted 06.05.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Knowing Too Much" by Norman Finkelstein (OR Books, $18/10) My book was conceived in the mid-2000s and largely com...

Peter Beinart Is Wrong About American Jews

Aitan Goelman | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Aitan Goelman

Contrary to Peter Beinart's thesis in The Crisis of Zionism, American Jews need not -- and most have not -- checked their liberalism at the door in order to maintain unwavering support for the Jewish State.

Semana Latina: How Far Have Judeo-Latino Relations Progressed?

Gabriel Lerner | Posted 04.21.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Lerner

For us Latinos, the organized Jewish community has been an important ally in the quest for an immigration reform. And for us Jews, the alliance with the Latino community and support of its advancement keeps us in the right side of history.

Enough of the Jewish Stereotypes

Howard Meyer | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Howard Meyer

Nasally voices, anxiety and austerity are not representative of the Jewish community at large. It's not so much that these stereotypes make Jews look meek and cheap; nobody I know even sounds like that.

What Was So Wrong With What Ozzie Guillen Said?

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.16.2012 | Miami
Ethan Casey

In the United States of America, do we enjoy the right to free speech? Notwithstanding whether Ozzie Guillen was unwise or tactless to open his trap in the first place, this has gone well beyond both the state line and the foul lines.

Celebrating Diversity In Public Schools

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Sayu Bhojwani

Our students definitely need more, rather than fewer, days in school, so more holidays may not be the answer. But, different holidays could be.

My Jewish Grandfather

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I grew up in the America of the '30s and '40s that often was as anti-Semitic as it was racist. The cultural and political climate of my youth was a shadowy and often sinister terrain.

American Jews Need to See Israel's Footnote -- Oscar or No

Bradley Burston | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

In a stark variation on the concept of two countries divided by a common language, American Jews and Israelis are two peoples unified by their lack of that shared tongue.

Jews Should Stand With Catholics In Contraception Battle

Dovid Efune | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Dovid Efune

As "strangers in the land of Egypt" Jews know well the pitfalls posed in opening the door of this legislation. It is thus our duty to fight for the preservation of its purist principles as we have done for so many of history's most just causes.

Why Jews Should Not Vote on Israel

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Brent E. Sasley

Let's remember our history, and avoid the trap of over-heated rhetoric. American Jews should not expect any of the Republican nominees to be any more pro-Israel than conditions allow.

Keeping Score On Jewish Assimilation

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

I overheard a florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.

I'm a Jew Who Celebrates Christmas. So What?

Meredith Fineman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Meredith Fineman

I received what can only be described as a disturbing message today -- an acquaintance of mine sent me two articles on why Jews shouldn't celebrate Christmas.

How I Learned To Love The Latke

Dan Zevin | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Dan Zevin

It became very clear, very early on, that my friends had a way better gig going, holiday-wise, than the Zevin boys did. But now that I've evolved into a mature adult, I am pleased to report that December is no longer the cruelest month.

Are Christian Zionists Replacing Mainstream US Jews?

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Brent E. Sasley

However, as a political force Christian Zionism's power is facilitated by Israel and by American Jewry itself; on its own, it cannot survive. It needs Jewish Zionism, because without it, Christian Zionism can't make a sufficiently strong political case.

The Jewish American Gut-Check

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

A fascinating thing has transpired in the 63-year-old relationship between the Israeli Jewish population and their brethren in America. The latter have just realized their days are numbered.

When Jews in Berkeley Vote to Cut Support for Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

Last week, when the Berkeley Jewish Student Union voted to bar J Street's student organization from membership, the message it sent was regrettably clear: The choice is up to you -- you can be welcomed as a Jew, or you can speak your mind on Israel.