Parliamentary Polemics: Knesset Member Nachman Shai, left, lambasted anti-NIF proposals by lawmaker Otniel Schneller.

New Israel Fund Critics Plan New Moves in the Knesset Against the Charity

A recently aborted Knesset proposal to investigate whether the largest financial supporter of Israeli human rights groups is subversively anti-Israel is merely the opening salvo planned against the New Israel Fund in Israel’s parliament.

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A Jewish Venue: Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street executive director, spoke at the launch of J Street Local, a grassroots initiative. The event was at the University of Pennsylvania Hillel.

Critics Counter J Street at U Penn Hillel, Which Proves Big Enough For Both

Days before the controversial appearance by the head of J Street at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hillel, critics of the left-wing Israel lobby announced that they would hold a counter-event in the same building at the same time. The prospect of an explosive evening came on the heels of weeks of harsh criticism aimed at Penn Hillel, in which local Hillel politics were laid bare as board members were quoted in the press debating the decision, with conservative Web sites weighing in.

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Warm Word: Israeli envoy Michael Oren described the lobby as ?much more in the mainstream.?

Oren: J Street Clash Ebbing

The Israeli ambassador to Washington says his dispute with J Street is close to resolution and that the group was “much more in the mainstream.”

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Controversial Arabic School Stays Mum

As children, joking and gossiping, spilled out of Brooklyn’s Khalil Gibran International Academy on a frigid Friday afternoon recently, one stopped to answer a waiting reporter’s question about his experience there.

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Bernard Lander, Touro College Founder, Dies at 94

Rabbi Bernard Lander, the founder and president of Touro College, died February 8 of congestive heart failure at his home in Queens, the college has announced. He was 94.

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