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

Record Summer of North American Olim Volunteering to Enlist in IDF

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This summer’s second charter Aliyah flight from the USA took off today, Monday, August 12th, bringing some 331 new Olim to Israel – including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel,… 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

Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More

Florida Congresswoman Leads Delegation to Israel

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Congressional delegation to Israel met with several of the country's key figures, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, quarterbacked a Congressional delegation, along with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), to Israel. The delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership, regional stability,… 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

Between Green And Red

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It is virtually impossible to eat a watermelon by yourself. The juicy red fruit begs to be shared, and in a large vacant lot just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, all kinds of people are sharing plates of watermelon and salty cheese. The event is called The Meeting Point, and it harkens back… Read More

Aggressive Moves

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Politicians, whether hardliners or conciliators, are using last weekend’s swearing in of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, as a possible foothold to stop that country from gaining nuclear weapons. “Iran may have a new president, but its march toward a nuclear program continues,” declared Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) And Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) stressed that… Read More

Pitta of Despair

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This past spring, the Ravens rewarded Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco with a $120.6 million contract. I’d be willing to bet he’d give a few of those millions back if it meant he could have his favorite target healthy and back on the field. Late last month, fourth-year tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip… Read More

Discs ‘R’ Us

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Jon “Yaakov” Goldman may have just turned 50, but fortunately for him, when it comes to playing Ultimate Frisbee, his most highly coveted and personally gratifying skill doesn’t age along with him. Goldman’s favorite element of Ultimate — an outdoor sport invented in 1967 that requires no more than an open field, a Frisbee and… Read More