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  • Lieberman’s Support for Iraq War Creates Dilemma for Jewish Backers

    Six years after Joe Lieberman presented Jewish Democrats with an unprecedented triumph, he may pose an intractable dilemma. If the U.S. senator from Connecticut loses an Aug. 8 primary to a come-from-nowhere challenger, Jewish Democrats may have to choose between loyalty to the party and the man who made history in 2000 as the first… More ▸

  • Iraq War Names Intoned During Jewish College’s Vigil

    At a memorial ceremony held Monday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the war, the names of 5,708 Iraqis and coalition troops who have perished were read out. Among the roughly two dozen participants was Sharon Kunitz, a second-year cantorial student whose 20-year-old son,… More ▸

  • Policy Group Seeks Consensus on Katrina, Steers Clear of Iraq

    A defining moment at this week’s gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an organization that seeks consensus on Jewish policy, came during a fierce debate on the Iraq war. It was defining because the organizers had already decided they would not formally debate Jewish policy on the war. The decision to debate the… More ▸

  • U.S. Jews Oppose Iraq War, Anti-terror Efforts, Poll Finds

    Most American Jews disapprove of the war in Iraq and the way the United States is handling the campaign against terrorism, according to a new study. The American Jewish Committee’s annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, released Wednesday, found that 70 percent of U.S. Jews disapprove of the Iraq war, with 28 percent backing it…. More ▸

  • Poll Finds Jews Oppose Iraq War, Split on Use of Force Against Iran

    The American Jewish Committee released its annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. Following are some of the significant findings: 70 percent of those questioned disapprove of the war in Iraq; 28 percent approve; 2 percent were not sure. 60 percent of respondents disapprove of the way the U.S. government is handling the campaign against terrorism;… More ▸

  • As Iraq Conflict Winds On, Community Finally Feels Free to Join Public Debate

    After staying largely in the shadows for several years, the organized American Jewish community has jumped full throttle into the debate over the Iraq war. The debate reached a crescendo last week when the Republican Jewish Coalition took a full-page ad in The New York Times, expressing support for the war and chastising the Union… More ▸

  • Reform Jews Step into Minefield with Opposition to Iraq War, Alito

    The Reform movement in the United States has voted overwhelmingly to oppose both the war in Iraq and the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court. The resolutions passed here over the weekend put the Union for Reform Judaism, the umbrella body of Reform congregations, front and center in the political debates… More ▸

  • On Iraq War, Grass Roots Pushing Reform Movement to Take a Stand

    A grass-roots campaign to push the leadership of the Reform movement to take a stand on the Iraq war is gathering steam, and is expected to come to a vote next month at the Union for Reform Judaism’s General Assembly in Houston. Spearheaded by Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J., the initiative is supported… More ▸

  • For Chaplain Who Served in Iraq, Different Calculus of Peace and War

    Military men typically take the measure of a battle in stark tallies of dead and injured men, miles between enemy positions, numbers of insurgent hold-outs and the like. But Cmdr. Irving Elson — a Conservative rabbi who for the first eight months of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and again for the High Holidays this fall, was… More ▸

  • Will Some Jews’ Backing for War in Iraq Have Repercussions for All?

    With each new report of troubles in Iraq, some Jews are getting nervous. Even though many Jews opposed the U.S. war in Iraq — and the organized Jewish community did not vocalize the strong support some had anticipated in the lead-up to the war — a few leading voices in Washington have portrayed the Jewish… More ▸