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  • Israel Policy Forum joins up with Middle East Progress

    The Israel Policy Forum has merged with Middle East Progress.

  • GOP upset in Mass. raises questions for health reform

    Tuesday’s election of Scott Brown to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate has thrown the future of health care reform into doubt. Jewish groups backing comprehensive reform are figuring out how to respond.

  • Left and right join on religious expression statement

    A religiously and politically diverse group of experts issued a statement describing the current state of the law on the separation of church and state.

  • Israeli peace activist arrested for leaking secret FBI documents

    Politico’s Josh Gerstein reports that an Israeli peace activist and lawyer working as a linguist for the FBI has pled guilty to leaking five secret FBI documents to a blogger (whose name has not been revealed): Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, also known as Samuel Shamai Leibowitz, 39, appeared in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. Thursday to…

  • Sens. Reid, Ensign light menorah in the Capitol (UPDATED)

    It’s hard to not stumble upon a Chanukah event this week in Washington. Last night, the White House, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) and the Indian ambassador all held Chanukah events in the capital. This morning, there was another official menorah lighting in the U.S. Capitol, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his Nevada colleague…

  • Tidbits: Pushing for health care reform

    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism director Rabbi David Saperstein joined Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and other progressive religious groups on Tuesday to push for health care reform. B’nai B’rith International urges the Senate to keep the CLASS Act voluntary long-term insurance program in the health care bill. HIAS likes the…

  • Berman: Sanctions part of Iran strategy

    The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee considers the passage of Iran sanctions legislation as a "component" of the administration’s strategy to prevent Iran from obatining nuclear weapons. "The administration didn’t say go ahead but they didn’t say not to go ahead," Berman told reporters after the 412-12 passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum…

  • One last word on that White House Chanukah party

    With all the talk the last few weeks about the much disputed size of the Chanukah party guest list (Tevi Troy calls it a "modern Chanukah miracle" that the guest list increased, while the White House says they always had invited 550 people), the Washington Post’s Reliable Source gossip column had an interesting tidbit today…

  • House passes Iran sanctions legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.

  • Jews can live anywhere in Israel, deputy PM tells ZOA

    Israel’s deputy prime minister said Israel will “not compromise on the right of Jews to live in any part of Eretz Yisrael.”