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The peak of a three-year flooding trend for Houston's Jews

As a member of Houston’s Jewish community writing about a devastating flood for the third time since May 2015, I’m at a loss for words. Sitting in the comforts of my third-floor apartment, where I’m fortunate enough to view the unprecedented...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    May 20, 2016

'No statute of limitations on genocide,' Nuremberg anniversary confab reminds

Why should the casual observer care about the seemingly obvious need to prosecute and convict Nazi war criminals, whether it be during the Nuremberg trials of the 1940s or similar proceedings in more...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    Opinions    May 20, 2016

At March of the Living, learning how to live

Sophie Wortsman. 16. Toronto. Student. Benji Zoller. 18. Dallas. Student. Sam Peltz. 83. Florida and New York. Survivor. Jacob Kamaras. 30. Houston. Journalist. We all shared the same experience on May 5—the 28th annual March of the Living, a 1.86-...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 8, 2016

Israel's U.N. envoy offers 'positive agenda' as solution to bias at world body

"Every week there is an attack at the U.N. against Israel," Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon told me at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference. In...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 1, 2016

Donald Trump unveils three-pronged Iran strategy, humors AIPAC crowd

In a much-anticipated speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, March 21, Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump said that dismantling the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal would be his t...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton tells AIPAC she is the 'steady' alternative to Donald Trump

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Donald Trump emerge as the clear front-runners for their respective parties’ nominations, Clinton on March 21 told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)...

 

Netanyahu to Jewish Federations: U.S., Israel 'should work together now' on Iran

Despite their disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. and Israel "can and should work together now" to ensure that Iran complies with the agreement and to curb Iranian aggression throughout...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    October 30, 2015

Jewish leader follows up with Power on pullout from Netanyahu's U.N. speech

After he personally consulted with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, whom President Barack Obama pulled away from attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    July 24, 2015

CUFI on the Hill: Christian Zionist group ramps up DC office amid Iran deal

While the ink dries on the newly signed nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, America's largest pro-Israel organization is seeking to help defeat the agreement in Congress through the work of...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    July 10, 2015

Donald Trump says he is no apprentice when it comes to Israel

In the middle of a phone interview with JNS.org on June 26, billionaire real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves his desk to scan the wall of his office for awards...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    Opinions    June 5, 2015

The Houston flood, Jewish values, and human values

As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating flood in Houston, which hit Jewish-heavy neighborhoods particularly hard, JNS.org has been (in my own estimation) conspicuously late to join the reporting....

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    June 5, 2015

With new coalition, Israel has prominent place on Hispanic Evangelical agenda

Latin gospel singer Ingrid Rosario, accompanied by a four-piece band, belts out impassioned ballads before a captive audience, hands clasped or in the air, eyes transfixed on the stage or closed in a...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 3, 2015

Five points of tension in the Obama-Netanyahu relationship

When the champion of the U.S.-Israel alliance sounds the alarm, something about the steadfast allies’ relationship is more contentious than usual. Last week, the staunchly bipartisan American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—which does...

 

Multi-faith aid to refugees may yield new narrative for Israeli-Syrian relations

When members of the pro-Israel community think of populations in need of relief, Syrian refugees are probably not one of the first groups coming to mind. After all, the proverbial elephant in the...

 

Biden snub amplifies Obama administration's tension with Israel

The latest episode in a history of tension between the Obama administration and Israel has escalated to a new level, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden opting out of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

 

Already 2 million strong, CUFI seeks to double down on Christian support for Israel

"Usually after the first event, it's like a firestorm," said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). "The excitement hits, the understanding settles...

 

Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian...

 

What will ADL's priorities be in a post-Foxman era?

What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community through its recent selection of White House aide and social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed longtime National Director Abraham Foxman? While some are...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    March 21, 2014

Is JOFEE the new acronym for the Jewish future?

More than five months after the Pew Research Center's "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" survey drew widespread pessimism over rising intermarriage and assimilation, as well as declining connection...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    January 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups denied presentation at Modern Language Association confab

The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) have been denied the right to present a discussion on Israel at the Jan. 9-12 Modern Language Association...

 

Mike Huckabee: Israel has 'license' to act independently on Iran

Now that the U.S. and other P5+1 powers made an interim nuclear deal with Iran without Israel's involvement, the Jewish state is free to act as it sees fit on the Iranian issue without consulting...

 

Brandeis suspends partnership with Palestinian school

Brandeis University announced the suspension of its decade-old partnership with Al-Quds University following a recent Nazi-style rally at the Palestinian school in Jerusalem.  At the Nov. 5 rally, Al...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    October 25, 2013

Bush tells Conference of Presidents that Iran can't be trusted, praises Israel

Former U.S. President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary tribute gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York, saying Iran...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    October 18, 2013

Pro-Israel campus group's new director seeks to empower Jewish students

In a story of “what goes around, comes around” in the pro-Israel world, Jacob Baime will seek to empower Jewish students through a group that empowered him. Baime credits a $2,500 grant from the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC)—enabling him to...

 

Where do Jewish federations draw the 'red line' on opinions about Israel?

The “red line” associated with Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s use of chemical weapons has sparked an ongoing international debate, in which both Israeli and Diaspora Jews have made their...

 

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