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Differences of opinion on Israel have created a sometimes tense atmosphere in the Jewish community.

Zionist Rabbi Suspends ‘Prayer for Israel’

Jeremy Kalmanofsky, the senior rabbi of Ansche Chesed, a Conservative congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, made news on January 6th as the subject of Jody Rudoren’s weekly column as editor-in-chief of The Forward.  (Interestingly, both of Rudoren’s immediate predecessors, Jane Eisner and J.J. Goldberg, are or have been members of Anshe Chesed […]

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Review of Eric Alterman’s ‘We Are Not One’

Steven Richard Sheffey reviews TTN colleague Eric Alterman’s new book,  “We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel.”  The following is taken by permission from Sheffey’s weekly e-newsletter, Chicagoland Pro-Israel Political Update:    [This is] the perfect gift for someone who wants to understand the history of the U.S.-Israel relationship, attitudes of […]

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New Gov Would Undermine Israel

TTN colleagues are anguished over Netanyahu’s proposed new governing coalition, as are many stalwart supporters of Israel.  One striking example is Abe Foxman, the retired head of the Anti-Defamation League, featured in a recent Jerusalem Post news article (and in a JTA article), declaring that he will not support a “non-democratic Israel”: “If they change the Law […]

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Joint Letter Against West Bank Annexations

Last week Ameinu joined with nine other American Jewish organizations in a letter calling upon President Trump to maintain long standing U.S. policy in favor of a two state solution and to oppose any Israeli moves to annex settlements in the West Bank, as pledged by Prime Minister Netanyahu during the election campaign: Dear President […]

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Post-Pittsburgh Views on Antisemitism

Shloshim (the 30-day milestone in the Jewish mourning tradition) is now over for the victims of the massacre of Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue.  In the past few weeks, members of The Third Narrative online community have indicated some diversity in how we assess the state of American Jewry and antisemitism.  Steven Lubet has opined […]

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Activists Confront Diaspora Conference in Tel Aviv

Before returning home to an American Jewish community reeling from the mass murder in Pittsburgh, the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) — known as the GA and usually held in the United States — met for three days in Tel Aviv.  The Times of Israel article, “Diaspora activists protest at GA to […]

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Is Israel Unfairly Singled Out by Left?

Brendan O’Neill’s “Why Do You Hate Israel?,” published in April in the British online journal SPIKED, poses a question that has troubled both those who identify with the international left and those who do not.  Why is Israel targeted for special criticism on human rights and anti-imperialist grounds when so many other nations with worse […]

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