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Will Bernie Sanders become the first Jewish president?

(JNS)—We’re still more than a month away from the first actual votes being cast in the Democratic presidential race. But an analysis piece published on the influential Politico website last week reminded observers of a possibility that many are i...

 

My Arab hope for Israel

I remember it was the day after Christmas because I was struck and disappointed that my new friend had to work on Christmas. She was a Christian Israeli Arab and was working with an elderly Jewish philanthropist to counsel him on funding programs...

 

A welcome tool to combat anti-Semitism gets mixed reactions

(JNS)—It’s no secret that Jewish kids on college campuses have been subjected to increasingly aggressive and intense intimidation, ranging from the placement of “eviction” notices on the doors of their dorm rooms to faculty members refusing...

 

There is hope for a Palestinian state

From Nov. 4-8, 2019, I spent four days in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) on an intensive experience meeting with leaders of Palestinian Civil Society. It was an incredibly challenging experience. One of the true highlights was listening to Ali...

 
 By Joe Biden    Opinions    January 10, 2020 

My plan to fight anti-Semitism

(JTA)—This is the first op-ed in a series of pieces about anti-Semitism and Jewish issues written by 2020 presidential candidates. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has sent five questions on the topic to all of the registered candidates from both part...

 

The Chanukah challenge for young Jews

(JNS)—Chanukah’s popularity with American Jews was largely the result of a futile though determined effort to compete with Christmas. While enjoying freedom, prosperity and influence that was unprecedented in the history of the Diaspora,...

 

Guess who's leading your child's tour of Israel?

(JNS)—The problem of anti-Semitic intimidation on American college campuses is serious, and hopefully, U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order will help combat it. But an equally significant problem is the deeply entrenched...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 3, 2020

French Jewish leader questions judicial willingness to confront Islamist anti-Semitism

The head of the French Jewish community expressed fear that last week’s decision by prosecutors in Paris to excuse the murderer of a Jewish woman from a criminal trial symbolized a deeper reluctance to confront anti-Semitism among Muslims in...

 

America's failed Jewish leadership must resign

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in a premeditated attack, two shooters opened fire inside a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, and murdered four people. The killers included a former member of a notoriously anti-Semitic group and, reportedly, a...

 

Putting the J in Majorca: Finding my purpose in the Spanish Jewish community

For millennia, the Jewish people have overcome darkness. We have prevailed against those who sought to destroy us in each generation, by carrying our beliefs, traditions, culture, and most importantly our strong sense of peoplehood forward. Chanukah,...

 

Memo to all Jews: It's time to kiss and make up

(JNS)—Left, right and sideways, Jews in America are facing a major dilemma: Whose side should we take? Do we take the conservative point of view and accept our duly elected Republican president as the Jews’ knight in shining armor? After all,...

 

Political left fights Trump's fight against anti-Semitism

(JNS)—The past week clarified a lot of things about the state of the American Jewish community—and its antagonists. The two assailants who walked into the kosher supermarket in Jersey City on Tuesday and opened fire intentionally targeted Jews....

 

The ugly untold story of a New Jersey neighborhood

The horrific attack at the Jewish market near Newark a few weeks ago was intended to be a massacre of Jewish children in a Jewish Day School next door to the kosher market. Because of some courageous police work the actual scene of the carnage was...

 

We need to thank the unsung heroes keeping synagogues safe

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When I was about 19 years old, I took my first trip to Europe. I marveled at its beauty, its culture, its history and its architecture. On this trip and many others that followed, I shed many tears as I visited the numerous...

 

Pompeo brings down the House

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned fire on Monday to a large group of House Democrats who lambasted him last month for declaring that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are not illegal. In a letter to Michigan Rep. Andy...

 

Johnson's victory spells doom for Democrats

(JNS)—As America suffers through an impeachment circus, Great Britain on Dec. 13 acted decisively, voting overwhelmingly for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party. The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump had...

 

A request and an encouragement to the Jewish community

Dear Editor: I encourage everyone to read the article “ Political left fights Trump’s fight against anti-Semitism.” Next I ask you to write a letter to President Donald Trump expressing your great appreciation in his signing an executive...

 
 By Eli Berk    Opinions    December 27, 2019

Jews who go to Israel before Messiah will look like 'angels' to those who come after

A rabbi explained the benefits of making aliyah before the Messiah sends out the final call, noting that the recent anti-Semitic mass shooting in Jersey City may have been an end-of-days endgame wake-up call for Jews to come home to Israel. In the...

 

Trump's anti-Semtism order is a Rorschach test for Jews

(JNS)—Demographers have spent a great deal of time in recent decades trying to learn more about the changing demographics of American Jewry. But whatever else he has accomplished, President Donald Trump has, albeit unwittingly, gone above and...

 

Trump deserves our thanks as Americans, Israelis and Jews

By Miriam Adelson (JNS)—The following is the prepared text of Dr. Miriam Adelson’s introduction of President Donald J. Trump at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida on Dec. 7, 2019: Shalom, dear friends. And thank...

 

Will impeachment ramifications point fingers at American Jews?

Regardless of how Jewish Americans feel about U.S. President Donald Trump—whether they view him as a menace to democracy (I do), or whether they feel deep gratitude to him as a defender of the Jewish state (I do)—one thing is certain: Tiny...

 

A nonkosher latke is actually the perfect symbol of American Chanukah

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eight unassuming gourmet latkes have become the latest controversy on Jewish Twitter. A recent holiday issue of Food & Wine magazine featured a piece titled “8 Ways to Make the Best Potato Latkes of Your Life.” The problem? Two o...

 

What do we tell our children about the Jersey City shooting?

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Another Jewish community has sustained a bloody attack that left Jews everywhere reeling. On Tuesday, a small enclave of Hasidic Jews in Jersey City, New Jersey had their worlds shaken and disrupted during a frightening siege. Sc...

 

IAC-Another milestone in the fight against BDS achieved

The President of the United States issued today an executive order invoking Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to combat anti-Semitic crime and discrimination on college campuses.  The executive order calls for the enforcement of “Title...

 

Transcendence in Hebron

(JNS)—Despite the intense focus on Israel’s ongoing political stalemate, the Israeli media has found plenty of room in recent days to run lengthy features on food, music, sports, shopping and gossip. Stories have included the victories of...

 

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