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  • Roving Rabbis get wired

    Roving Rabbis, a 65-year-old Chabad summer program that sends rabbinical students out to service remote Jewish communities, has joined the Internet age. This summer, readers can offer the 400 rabbis tips about where to find Jews in the far-flung spots they’ll be visiting. You can also follow their exploits on their blog, which keeps the… More ▸

  • No math, no science, no English for Israel’s haredim

    Why should yeshiva boys need to know the multiplication tables or that the Earth revolves around the sun? In an 11th-hour measure, the Knesset passed a law last month preserving public funding for haredi schools whose students study nothing other than Jewish studies. No math, no science, no English. The L.A. Times has a decent… More ▸

  • A “Frozen Chosen” congressman in Alaska?

    News on some congressional races to watch over the next few months: Could we have a Jewish member of Congress from Alaska? Two weeks before the primary, it’s certainly not out of the question. A poll shows state represenative Ethan Berkowitz is looking pretty good in the race to be the Democratic nominee, and in… More ▸

  • Another controversial Obama adviser? Not so, says campaign

    Barack Obama has Dennis Ross advising him on the Middle East, but apparently not the actor who played Dr. Doug Ross on the hit television show ER. The Obama campaign is denying a story in the London Daily Mail claiming that Clooney was urging Obama to be more “balanced” on U.S. relations on Israel. The… More ▸

  • Another Jewish VP possibility?

    How about Carl Levin for Barack Obama’s VP? Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic makes a pretty good case–national security experience, attractive to Jewish voters–but doubts it will happen because we haven’t yet heard the Michigan senator’s name floated. Meanwhile, over on the GOP side, Joe Lieberman’s name is once more being bandied about as… More ▸

  • What would you tell Max to do?

    CAJE organizers ruffled a few feathers when they announced that their annual conference would start on Tisha B’Av, the day of infamy on which both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed, the Jews were expelled from Spain, and the Nazis’ deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to the Treblinka death camp began. It is… More ▸

  • No Ross, but parables aplenty at CAJE’s opening plenary

    Joel Hoffman filled in for Dennis Ross as the CAJE conference’s keynote speaker. Dennis Ross was supposed to be the keynote speaker for CAJE’s opening plenary Sunday night. But he called in sick at the last minute, informing conference organizers Saturday night that he would not attend. Nevertheless, CAJE-ians made out pretty well with Ross’… More ▸

  • The day after Steve Cohen’s big win

    Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) victory in yesterday’s Democratic congressional primary wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but his 60 percentage point margin of victory was unexpected–and perhaps a sign why his African-American opponent, Nikki Tinker, was desperate enough to run an ad deemed anti-Semitic by many observers. First of all, if you never saw the ad, which… More ▸

  • EHL Consulting: Jewish charities should stop crying poverty

    A plethora of Jewish charities that do much of their work in Israel and overseas but collect most of their money in the United States have been quite public about the financial trouble the weak dollar has put them in, using their budgetary problems as a cry for help. (See Birthright, the Reform Movement, JAFI,… More ▸

  • The Non-Profit Times’ most influential list includes no Jewish orgs

    The Non-Profit Times today released its Power and Influence Top 50 list, an annual ranking of the philanthropy world’s most, well, influential decision makers. Sadly, no professionals at Jewish organizations or foundations made the cut. But Diana Aviv, the president and CEO of the Independent Sector – and the former head of UJC Washington –… More ▸