Character Building Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood

NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and… Read More

What’s Next for the Israeli Left? J Street Conference presses forward on two-state solution, support for liberal parties

WASHINGTON — When self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street selected “A Clear Choice for a Better Future” as the theme of its fifth annual conference, organizers hoped that the Israeli election results would have shown a leftward shift. So with the decisive March 17 victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the run-up to… Read More

White House Goes After ‘Occupation’

WASHINGTON — After remaining largely silent since 2011 on what borders a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would encompass, the White House once again reanimated its call for the borders of two future states to be based on “1967 borders.” Delivering the keynote address to around 3,000 attendees at this year’s… Read More

With a Better Future in Mind J Street conference to focus on two-state solution

Despite a number of setbacks in the past year, J Street, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization that advocates for a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, expects record attendance at its fifth national conference to be held this weekend. The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington,… Read More

The Big Question Is Tom Cotton the future of the GOP?

Despite having served in the Senate for little less than three months, freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is making his presence felt through his willingness to stand on his own and advocate a hawkish foreign policy. While his antics have alienated fellow lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill — including some from his own party… Read More

Common Ground

PHILADELPHIA — Professional and lay Jewish day school leaders gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for three days to forge “uncommon connections” with their peers. The fifth North American Jewish Day School Conference, which ended March 10, brought an estimated 1,000 participants to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where the stated goal was to learn… Read More

The Somali Connection Muslim, Jewish communities unite to combat terrorist recruitment

As the U.S battles Islamist terrorism abroad, cities such as Minneapolis, with its large Muslim Somali population, have emerged as ground zero in the psychological and sociological battles at home. Somali community groups there have joined forces with the federal government to prevent terrorist recruitment as well as anchor, educate and support young Somalis in… Read More

Radioactive Affairs Netanyahu and AIPAC make full-court press on Capitol Hill

The signs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference were emblazoned with the words “This is Israel,” but the overarching message to the record-setting crowd in Washington, D.C., was clear: Stop Iran now. On the first night of the three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, March 3, Brad Gordon, director of policy and… Read More

A Turn to the Right Boteach hosts shadow conference during AIPAC

WASHINGTON — While thousands of attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference milled around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., awaiting a speech by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a who’s who of right-leaning pro-Israel leaders, donors and supporters filled the large main-floor committee hearing room of the… Read More