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Harvard Hillel Falsely Accuses the Forward

By Larry Cohler Esses

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Debate Occupation? No Thanks, We're Jewish.

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Debate Occupation? No Thanks, We're Jewish.
During a recent visit to the Forward’s newsroom, Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, was brimming with enthusiasm for the upcoming annual gathering of local Jewish charity federations nationwide, known as the General Assembly, which will take place this year not in the United States, but in Jerusalem.Read More


Iran Scores Breakthrough Meeting With Lawmakers as Diplomatic Thaw Builds

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Iran Scores Breakthrough Meeting With Lawmakers as Diplomatic Thaw Builds
Iran’s foreign minister met with a delegation of Congress members from both parties for three hours at the home of Iran’s UN Ambassador.Read More


Iran's Hassan Rowhani Wants to Make a Nuclear Deal — Leaving Israel Isolated

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Iran's Hassan Rowhani Wants to Make a Nuclear Deal — Leaving Israel Isolated
Hassan Rowhani is projecting the air of a man ready to seize a nuclear deal on the table. But Israel remains frozen in place, risking greater isolation, Larry Cohler-Esses writes.Read More


Yeshiva Rabbi's Shades of Bigotry

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Yeshiva Rabbi's Shades of Bigotry
The lede, as we call it in the journalism biz, sat there silently on the computer screen, like an IED waiting to explode:Read More






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