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Are Jews Warming to the Tea Party?

By Nathan Guttman

Tea Party activists like Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck are taking on Israel policy — and a new poll shows that Jews may be increasingly drawn to the movement.Read More


Allegations of Fake Holocaust Claims Just Keep Growing

By Paul Berger

New arrests, guilty pleas and witnesses have bolstered an investigation into a multimillion-dollar fraud at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.Read More


After Carmel Fire, Sprouting Seeds, Struggling People

By Nathan Jeffay

Six months after Israel’s largest wildfire destroyed human lives and homes, Israel’s finance ministry does not have a clear plan or timeline for funding repairs.Read More


Is Ayn Rand’s Atheism An Inconvenient Truth?

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

A new political ad by a left-leaning Christian group attempts to use the atheism of libertarian hero Ayn Rand to fracture the Republican coalition.Read More


Israeli Firm’s Trade With Iran Proves Awkward for Activists Pushing Sanctions

By Nathan Guttman

Israel activists advocating for tougher sanctions against Iran are embarrassed after a prominent Israeli firm was blacklisted for breaking the American sanctions regimen by trading with Tehran.Read More


Democrats Use GOP Medicare Cuts To Excite Jewish Voters

By Nathan Guttman

Jewish Democrats are turning a spotlight on social issues — and particularly the dangers posed to Medicare and Medicaid — as a way to counter Republican attempts to use President Obama’s contentious relations with Israel to capture more Jewish votes. This strategy was first tested in late May in a New York State special congressional election, when the National Jewish Democratic Council played a key role in securing votes for its successful candidate. According to the NJDC, what most motivated Jewish voters in this election and will galvanize them in 2012 is the fear that House Republicans will cut Medicare benefits for seniors. The issue has since been raised again in Florida, home to a large Jewish senior citizen population.Read More


California’s Fiscal Crisis Affects Jews in Jail

By Rex Weiner

For Jewish inmates at California Men’s Colony, a penal outpost sprawled between sunny vineyards and breezy horse pastures on California’s central coast, the annual Passover Seder led by Rabbi Lon Moskowitz is usually a celebration of the spirit of freedom, if not its reality. But last April, guard shortages stemming from draconian state budget cutbacks forced a rolling lockdown throughout the California state prison system. And many prisoners were left sitting idle in their cells instead of singing “Dayenu” at the Seder table.Read More


Advice to the Graduates: ‘Get Out of Facebook and Into Somebody’s Face’

By Maia Efrem

With the 2011 commencement season in full swing, hopeful graduates, proud parents and noteworthy speakers filled the stands at ceremonies across the country. The Forward turned its attention to a group of Jewish keynote speakers that included executives, writers and a Holocaust survivor, each imparting his or her own life lessons, inspiration and spark of passion to the next generation.Read More


Republicans Use Israel To Attract Jewish Voters — And Jewish Money

By Nathan Guttman

The potency of Israel as a wedge issue for Republicans going into 2012 was on full display when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited a small group of Democrats and Republicans to a first-ever joint meeting at Blair House one day before his May 24 speech to Congress.Read More


AIPAC Hits Capitol Hill With Hard Line Message on Palestinian Authority

By Nathan Guttman

In a break from its stance in recent years, the pro-Israel lobby is pursuing a hard-line agenda toward the Palestinian Authority at its annual conference, as 10,000 activists prepare to carry its message to Capitol Hill.Read More





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