Duty Calls Responsibility drives unimpressed New Hampshire Jewish voters

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Less than thrilled is how some New Hampshire Jewish voters describe their feelings toward the presidential candidates vying for votes in the Granite State. Despite the lackluster enthusiasm for this year’s candidates, the Jews of New Hampshire will do their duty and head to the polls on Feb. 9. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat,” said… Read More

From Crofton to Clinton Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active

Joel Wanger (right) says working for progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton is an important way to “live” his Judaism. (Provided)

It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, prompting him to apply for the Israel Government Fellows program that is run by Masa Israel…. Read More

Jewish Nonprofit Testifies on Food Insecurity among Military, Veteran Families

A Jewish nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the United States and Israel provided testimony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. On behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO of the nonprofit, testified before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The Jewish nonprofit is leading nationwide… Read More

Day School Groups Plan Merger New national organization to speak for 375 day schools

The Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. (Henry H. Lewis Contractors, LLC via Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School)

Regional day school heads are expressing support for a merger announced last week of five North American Jewish day school organizations. Those groups represent more than 375 schools from across the denominational spectrum. “It’s very exciting news for the  entire day school field,” said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, head of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School,… Read More

Eliminated! OU Advocacy closes its Maryland office

Attendees of last summer’s OU Advocacy’s legislative breakfast chat with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. (Anthony Marill Photography)

There is no one staffing the Orthodox Union’s Maryland Advocacy office now that the new legislative session in Annapolis is underway. The position of regional director, the organization’s only full-time staff position dedicated to Maryland issues, was eliminated Dec. 31. Maury Litwack, director of state political affairs for OU Advocacy Center, confirmed no one has… Read More

One-Upmanship Candidates seek more than votes with pro-Israel pandering

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has made little secret of his effort to score pro-Israel political points. (EPA/CJ GUNTHER/Newscom )

Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put forward legislation last week to force the current administration to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill has little chance of getting through Congress, but it’s yet another example of a presidential candidate, in this case Cruz, loudly proclaiming… Read More

‘Human Rights Are Human Rights’ Left and right make common cause on alleged torture of Jewish Duma suspects

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, protests at a New York demonstration organized by the right-wing Americans for a Safe Israel.

The issue of torture in Israel has received unusual attention in recent weeks because of the identity of the alleged victims. Human rights groups say nothing is new in the allegations that Jewish youths, arrested in connection with an arson attack over the summer that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West… Read More

Advancing NGO bill Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, (far left), and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (AMIR COHEN/Photo via Newscom)

TEL AVIV — Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declare their foreign government funding is moving toward passage after it was approved by a Cabinet committee on Sunday. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked,  who proposed the… Read More

All In on Climate Jewish organizations back Paris pact

COEJL Manager Liya Rechtman (center) leads an interfaith prayer service in the Green Zone of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. (Photo provided)

The organized American Jewish community reacted positively to the Paris climate agreement signed this month by almost 200 nations. The Dec. 12 accord aims to significantly curb carbon emissions in order to avert dangerous climate change, but those elements of the community backing the agreement say the deal is only the beginning and that Jewish… Read More