American, Israeli Jewry Challenge Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David 
Ellenson

A growing number of American Jews are challenging Israel’s chief rabbinate on issues of pluralistic religious freedom. With the Orthodox rabbinate’s strict rules governing matters of marriage, divorce, burials and conversions, American Jewish leaders, along with Israeli partners, are working to spur world Jewry to demand change, citing national security concerns in Israel, religious rights… Read More

Protesters at Pitt Disrupt Talk by Former IDF Medic

PITTSBURGH — Masked protestors wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, necessitating the intervention of campus police and culminating with the removal and citation of one protester while others fled from the scene. Approximately a half-hour into the program — which featured… Read More

All for One

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For some in New York City’s Jewish community, the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer implicated in the death of an unarmed Staten Island man in broad daylight struck such a cord that some were willing to risk arrest in protest. “I do believe we have a big contribution to… Read More

United Stand

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More

United Stand

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of  St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More

Welcome the Stranger

As partisans haggle over the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, the American Jewish community is applauding an effort many Jews have long fought for. Rabbi Michael Ramberg has been working with Philadelphia’s immigrant community since he was a rabbinical student. “I’m glad he’s doing something,” Ramberg, who serves as immigration working… Read More

ASA’s Hot-Button Issue

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LOS ANGELES — Members of the American Studies Association gathered last year for their annual meeting and a vociferous debate on the wisdom of initiating an academic boycott of Israel. One year later, the debate is over, and the boycott resolution has long since passed — but the aftereffects are still being felt. Attendees at… Read More

Getting to Know Each Other

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WASHINGTON — There were bagel breakfasts, a Friday night kiddush in English and Hebrew and plenty of talk about how to keep the grandkids Jewish. In some ways, the inaugural conference earlier this month of the Israeli American Council was much like other Jewish gatherings, except the Jews were Israelis and a lot of what… Read More

Hurtful Words

Obama Administration officials attempted to distance themselves from administration officials’ insults aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, organizations and pundits. In an article written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, anonymous administration officials used choice words to denounce Netanyahu for what the… Read More

Fighting the Prejudice

The American Studies Association’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held 
Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (pictured) in Los Angeles, 
has garnered criticism for a policy 
of excluding Israeli academics.

About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote. The ASA’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, has… Read More