Jews have special reasons to remember JFK on 50th anniversary of assassination PDF Print E-mail
By Ira Stoll   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:33

President John F. KennedyPresident John F. KennedyNEW YORK (JTA) – As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination approaches, we Jews have our own special reasons to mourn.

The conventional community memory of Kennedy would be enough by itself. JFK overcame the legacy of his father, Joseph Kennedy, President Franklin Roosevelt’s notoriously appeasement-minded ambassador to Britain on the eve of World War II, to build a warm relationship with American Jews.

Yellen’s rise to Fed chief gains more attention for gender than faith PDF Print E-mail
By Ron Kampeas   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:18

Janet YellenJanet YellenWASHINGTON (JTA) – Janet Yellen is soft-spoken, tough, methodological, flexible – and Jewish.

President Obama’s announcement last week that he had tapped Yellen, 67, to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve made news in part because she would be the first woman in the top spot.

Tikkun olam bridges Diaspora-Israel gap PDF Print E-mail
By Nurit Canetti   
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:42

(JTA) – Everyone knows that an ocean separates Israel and the United States. Yet after three days in New York recently, I realized how big that ocean really is.

blogging from the 19th maccabiah games in israel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 August 2013 19:02


Olympic gold medalist leads U.S.
delegation at Maccabiah opening
Olympic gold medalist leads U.S.delegation at Maccabiah opening


RAMAT GAN, Israel – When swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale heard his name announced recently as the U.S. flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, he just about lost his breath.

Pew: Jews support abortion rights (duh!) PDF Print E-mail
By Joe Winkler   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 19:01

(JTA) – In a new study, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 89 percent of Jews say, “Abortion should be legal in all or most cases.” Compare that to 72 percent among Americans with no religious affiliation, and 63 percent among white mainline Protestants.

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