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  • A more Christian nation? Tearing down a wall is also a Trump goal

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2017
    DC Report By Douglas Bloomfied Donald Trump wasted no time in implementing the one campaign promise most Jews prayed he would not keep. He has begun to chip away at the wall of separation between church and state that has made this country the “golden Medina” for Jews. What he spoke of as a candidate — make this a more Christian […]
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  • When Netanyahu slept at the Kushners’ house — and other media tales of Trump’s Jewish confidantes

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2017
    By RON KAMPEAS NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Jared Kushner once lent Benjamin Netanyahu his bed. That’s a juicy takeaway from Jodi Kantor’s deep dive into the first son-in-law and his relationship with Israel published recently  in The New York Times. Netanyahu has long been a friend of the Kushners, and particularly Jared’s dad, Charles Kushner, a major donor to […]
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  • Rona Pozner appointed to national board of  the Jewish Federation of North America

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2017
    At the 2016 General Assembly, Rona Pozner was appointed to the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) Board of Trustees as a Northeastern New York representative for intermediate-sized federations. The JFNA Board of Trustees are committed to addressing pressing issues in the Jewish world today and dedicated to cultivating and sustaining a strong global Jewish community according to the Jewish […]
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  • Trump has a new idea for Middle East peace! Except it isn’t new at all.

    By jwadmin on February 20, 2017
    By Jackson Diehl The Washington Post  Donald Trump has surveyed the wreckage of decades of failed Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, considered the world full of challenges his administration faces, and somehow concluded that . . . he’s going to be the president who brokers a comprehensive Mideast deal. “It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand,” he […]
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  • Trump and Netanyahu: The mixed messages of a diplomatic love festival

    By jwadmin on February 18, 2017
    By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the Age of Trump, every post-event analysis requires a double take. Not so much “did he mean what he said?” —he appears to mean it, in real […]
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  • Is he the right man for the job? In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch

    By jwadmin on February 17, 2017
    BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: Closely held corporations have the same religious freedom rights as individuals. The majority decision in the case then called […]
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  • NFL players flap upends Israel’s PR game plan

    By jwadmin on February 15, 2017
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY–(JTA) – Almost 30 years ago, the late theater impresario Joe Papp got into hot water when he canceled a scheduled production of a pro-Palestinian play at his flagship Manhattan theater, the Public. Rumors flew at the time that he caved in to pressure from wealthy Jewish donors, but Papp—born Joseph Papirofsky but muted in his […]
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  • Valentine’s Day survey: Most Jewish Israelis support civil marriage and divorce

    By jwadmin on February 15, 2017
    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A majority of Jewish Israelis support allowing civil marriage and divorce in Israel, according to a survey released for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Some 72 percent of Jewish Israelis and 76 percent of Arab Israelis support the statement that “every resident [of Israel] has the right to get married in Israel with whomever he chooses, in whatever […]
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  • Beth Emeth’s Cantor Schechtman to serve on Union For Reform Judaism’s North American Board

    By jwadmin on February 15, 2017
    Cantor Jodi Schechtman of Albany’s Congregation Beth Emeth is among 23 Reform Jewish leaders in North America recently elected to the board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She had previously served as an affiliate member of the URJ board representing the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) in her role as ACC’s director of organizational partnerships. “It has been a privilege to […]
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  • Hundreds gather to show community support for the AJCC; against bias and hatred

    By jwadmin on February 10, 2017
    A interfaith community vigil “To Stand with the Albany Jewish Community Center” was held on Thursday, Feb. 2, two days after the second bomb threat hoax at the Center in January Between 350-400 local people, according to the Albany police, stood in solidarity with the harassed Albany JCC.  Interfaith leaders, representing various  faith and ethnic groups and government officials, drew applause […]
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