O’Malley Hints At Presidential Bid

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley may run for president in 2016, according to recent comments he made. “By the end of this year, I think we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016,” he told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting earlier this month, as… Read More

University Of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation Launch Pioneering ‘American Jewish Studies’ Program

Amos Shapira, president of the University of Haifa, speaks at the university's 41st Board of Governors meeting in June 2013. Shapira says the new Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa "will create a new generation of educated and engaged citizens who share a deeper understanding of the American relationship." 
Photo credit: University of Haifa Communications and Media Relations.

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and others. “What’s happening in the American Jewish community?” and how those events impact future support for… Read More

Despite Netanyahu’s Pleas, Top House Dems Open To Testing Iran’s New Leader

In increasingly strident tones, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling his American friends that the purported moderation of Iran’s new president is a ploy aimed at relieving international pressure and buying the Islamic Republic more time to cross the nuclear threshold. But in ways both subtle and direct, some of those friends —… Read More

Jewish Federations Participate in Peace Process Briefing at the White House

The Jewish Federations were invited to participate in a small gathering of top Jewish communal leaders at the White House on August 8. At the meeting, the group was briefed for approximately 90 minutes by Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Special Envoy Martin Indyk on the status of resumed… Read More

Busy year for Rabbi Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Congregation B’nai Tzedek’s spiritual leader, sat in his study on a warm early summer day. He had recently completed his duties as chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Rabbinic Cabinet. It is perhaps difficult to understand what and why someone would spend a great deal of time being part of… Read More

The Kosher Machine

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Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as… Read More

‘You Start To Give Up’

Despite the fact that 85 percent of the Israeli population, according to a poll published by The Jerusalem Post, was opposed to Israel agreeing to release 104 prisoners with blood on their hands, a decision was made earlier this week to do so. Now, the family members of victims of terror are protesting — loud… Read More

At Peace

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Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under… Read More

‘If We Didn’t Do It …’

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The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly… Read More

Because We Are Jewish

The Torah reiterates, no less than 36 times, the commandment to love the stranger as ourselves, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. The Exodus narrative is not just about the suffering and flight of the Jews, but it delivers a universal message about Jewish commitment to human rights and refugee protection…. Read More