DoD Policy Breeds Questions

The Pentagon has issued a directive that loosens restrictions for U.S. troops who wish to wear religious garments, such as head scarves, turbans and yarmulkes, with their military uniforms or to grow beards. But while the Department of Defense’s new policy should in some cases benefit Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and members of other faiths, men… Read More

State of the Union: Jewish groups’ priorities

President Barack Obama will present his annual State of the Union address before Congress and the nation this evening. Like presidents before him, Obama has traditionally used this opportunity to lay out an ambitious agenda – and he probably still will – but it would be difficult to do so without acknowledging the saga of… Read More

Police: Caleb Jacoby found safe in NYC

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NEW YORK (JTA) The police department in Brookline, Mass., said JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City. Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6. The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of… Read More

Day Schools Try To Put New Face On Financial Aid

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Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah had plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid. Middle-class parents “felt… Read More

Increased Sanctions Proposed For Iran

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Defying the Obama administration’s push for a diplomatic way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation calling for increased sanctions if Iran violates an international six-month agreement that has yet to go into effect. The legislation introduced last week requires further reductions in purchases of Iranian petroleum and applies additional penalties… Read More

Jewish World Mourns Bronfman

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Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from… Read More

A Piece Of Peace?

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was… Read More

Historic Handshake?

Can a simple handshake in South Africa someday lead to freedom for a Maryland man who’s been rotting in a Cuban jail for the last four years? On Tuesday morning, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro while both leaders were attending the funeral of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The gesture, which the… Read More

50 Years Later

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At the 50th anniversary of the death of American Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver, newly-discovered documents appear to confirm his skeptical view of the Truman administration’s position on Jewish statehood. Silver, a dynamic rabbi and Zionist orator from Cleveland, passed away Nov. 30, 1963. During the 1940s, he spearheaded a nationwide campaign of rallies, petitions… Read More