Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

By:
Jeffrey K. Salkin
I admire my colleagues and friends who have been courageous enough to speak out against the anti-Islam hysteria that tends to surround conversations about the Islamic center being planned for a property that for many is uncomfortably close to ground zero. They have shown themselves to be paragons of religious tolerance, and for this, I commend them. But in the...
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The media is once again rife with speculation over if and when Israel or the United States might attack Iran to quash its nuclear ambitions. The latest debate was sparked by a lengthy cover story in the September issue of The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg. After speaking to a number of senior U.S. and Israeli officials, Goldberg reaches this conclusion:...
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Donors Important, Sure, but Pros Must Decide In recent weeks, the Jewish Exponent has quoted Federation officials saying that "donor wishes are paramount" and that "we must try to educate donors." The community is very dependent on the generosity of individual donors and foundations for funds to help those in our community and Israel who are in need. However, we...
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By:
​Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, a contingent from The Israel Project (TIP) met last week in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Our goal was to help protect Israel, Jews and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis by reducing the culture of hate that...
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By:
​Misha Galperin
As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last month, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency's Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. The lesson has nothing to do with...
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