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Decline of Jews On Capitol Hill Could Mean a Loss of Power

By Nathan Guttman

Does the shrinking number of Jews in Congress herald a significant decline in Jewish power or does it simply reflect short-term individual circumstances?Read More


With Celebs and Money, Limmud FSU Bends the Rules To Win

By Paul Berger

In an effort to make Judaism attractive to young Russian-speaking Jews, Limmud FSU, which hosts popular and well-funded conferences, decided to bend its own rules.Read More


Papers Reveal Secret Struggle To Display Washington’s Letter

By Paul Berger

The Forward chronicles the Touro Synagogue’s effort to get back George Washington’s 1790 letter guaranteeing religious freedom.Read More


Jewish Seat Threatened By Growing Latino Bloc

By Naomi Zeveloff

The proposed creation of a Latino congressional seat in the San Fernando Valley could displace Howard Berman, one of the House’s most influential members.Read More


Jews and Latinos Form a Pragmatic Congressional Alliance

By Nathan Guttman

Changing demographic realities are pushing Jews to seek a political partnership with Latinos. At left, Rep. Xavier Becerra, a proponent of the alliance.Read More


Amid Scandal, Anthony Weiner Steps Down

By Naomi Zeveloff

Rep. Anthony Weiner, the besmirched New York Democrat who admitted to a series of explicit online exchanges with six different women, announced his resignation June 16 at a senior center in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.Read More


Jewish Groups Spearhead Effort To Find Missing Indiana University Student

By Andrew Tobin

The synagogue where Lauren Spierer became a bat mitzvah, and the Jewish campus center that she frequented are among the groups leading the effort to find the Indiana University sophomore, who has been missing for nearly two weeks.Read More


When a Synagogue Program May Be an Illegal Hostel

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

New York City’s lawyers doubt claims that the MacDougal Street Synagogue’s ‘illegal’ hostel, seen at left, is really a tolerance program.Read More


Will Weiner’s Jewish District Hit The Political Chopping Block?

By Naomi Zeveloff

When it comes to Jewish interests, the question of Anthony Weiner’s political future may be less pressing than the question of what will happen to his district.Read More


Solving the Mystery of Washington’s Famous Letter

By Paul Berger

Just how did George Washington’s 1790 letter promising religious pluralism end up in a warehouse in suburban Maryland? The Forward investigates.Read More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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