Esther Jungreis Remembered for Outreach Work

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Esther Jungreis, an icon of the Orthodox Jewish community in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday in New York at the age of 80. The author of four books on the subject of spirituality, Rebbetzin Jungreis, as she was known, was the founder of Hineni, a New York-based Jewish outreach organization. “I met her… Read More

Ethiopians Press Their Case for Aliyah

Ethiopians Gezahegen Derebe (left) and Demoz Deboch, who have their hopes set on immigrating to Israel, speak in Washington. (photo by Jared Feldschreiber)

Gezahegen Derebe and Demoz Deboch, Ethiopian Jews in their 20s, came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month hoping to press the Israeli  government into action. They are among 9,000 Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura who are caught in what the Israeli government says is a budget crunch that is preventing them from making aliyah…. Read More

Protesters Link Justice for Black Americans, Palestinians

IfNotNow protesters hold a large banner with their message in an  attempt to attract the attention of people walking into the building that houses the American Jewish Committee. (Justin Katz)

A group advocating that American Jewry end its support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank staged a protest of the mainstream Jewish community’s rejection of the Black Lives Matters policy platform in front of a major Jewish organization’s local office. Fifty members of IfNotNow rallied at McPherson Square and headed north, singing “Olam Chesed… Read More

Will Congress Act on Zika?

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With the presidential campaign at a post-convention lull and Congress on recess, the country has reached the eye of 2016’s political storm. But with 16  locally contracted cases of the Zika virus reported in the Miami, Fla., neighborhood of Wynwood as of Aug. 8, some wonder if the legislature will act in time to prevent… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel

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The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More

Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note

Former President Bill  Clinton, wearing a button that says "Hillary" in  Hebrew, shares some thoughts with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vlsack at the 2016 Democratic  National Convention in Philadelphia. (Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom)

The delegates have left, the thousands of balloons have been popped and the traffic has subsided (sort of). Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended, some still feel left out. Specifically: Where were the Jewish or Israeli shout-outs? There were bits and scraps of Jewish phrases thrown into speeches, but even less talk of… Read More

Legislators Nationwide Thanked for Their Roles in Opposing BDS

Pro-Israel state legislators were recognized July 28 at an event hosted by The Israel Project and Jewish Federations of North America. (Andy Gotlieb)

Pro-Israel state legislators from around the nation were honored July 28 at the Jewish Community Services Building in Philadelphia for their contributions in the fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. About 15 legislators were on hand to receive recognition during the Democratic National Convention. “We know how hard you work, said Naomi… Read More

JStreet Met By Supporters and Protest at the DNC

A J Street event on July 27 was met by protesters. (Liz Spikol)

It was a star-studded evening at the National Museum of American Jewish History July 27, at least in terms of Democratic National Convention star-power. The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” J Street held an event called “Breaking Convention,” which was attended by a bevy of Democratic legislators, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and two politicians who… Read More