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Wolpe’s Greatest Lessons as a Rabbi and Teacher Were Meant To Be Heard

By Stephen Fried

What we will miss most is his voice. It was muscular and musical, with an accent that sounded vaguely British at first, but later revealed itself to be all-American, with leftover “aahs” from Boston. When Gerald Wolpe died May 18 at the age of 81, American Jews lost one of our greatest sermonizers, one of our most fascinating and challenging pulpit leaders, and a renaissance rabbi whose dramatic life yielded several distinct acts, each with its own powerful teaching moments.Read More


Obama To Offer Broader Regional Thaw for Israeli Nod to Statehood

By Nathan Guttman

President Obama will seek to revive the moribund Middle East peace process in his first official meeting with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, offering a new regional initiative that aims to bridge increasing differences between the new governments in Washington and Jerusalem.Read More


Obama’s Jewish Backers May Be in the Middle as U.S.-Israel Tensions Rise

By Nathan Guttman

As tension builds between the new Obama administration in Washington and the new Netanyahu government in Jerusalem, two of President Obama’s closest Jewish allies may find themselves increasingly in the middle.Read More


AIPAC Confronts A New Reality as Obama’s Agenda Becomes Clear

By Nathan Guttman

“You’re not going to like my saying this,” Vice President Joe Biden told 6,000 delegates from the podium of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — a spot that politicians usually vie over vigorously for the privilege of telling the crowd what they want to hear.Read More


Justices Strike Down Postville Tactic

By Nathaniel Popper

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a legal tool that was central to the prosecution of immigrant workers who were arrested at the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Iowa last May.Read More


Charges Dropped, Questions Linger

By Nathan Guttman

The dismissal of all charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists who had been accused of passing along state secrets has sent the Jewish community searching for answers, both internally and externally.Read More


Prosecutors Ask Judge To Throw Out Case Against Aipac Staffers

By Nathan Guttman

The espionage case that sent shockwaves throughout the pro-Israel community came to an end Friday, as the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.Read More


Jewish Senator Converts but New Political Faith in Question

By Douglas M. Bloomfield

Arlen Specter — once a Republican, now a Democrat — has long been one of Israel’s stalwarts in the Senate, serving on the critical operations committee, which writes the foreign aid spending bills. The “Jewish kid from Kansas,” as he called himself while standing next to President Obama on April 29, has taken his role as the senior Republican Jew in the U.S. Senate very seriously.Read More


And Then There Was One: Specter's Democratic Party Conversion

By Rebecca Dube

Sen. Arlen Specter, one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, has converted — to the Democratic Party. The longtime Pennsylvania senator’s surprise move will give Democrats 60 votes in the Senate, assuming that Al Franken wins his ongoing court case in Minnesota and is seated, which would give Senate Democrats the power to stop filibusters.Read More


New Labor Leaders Take a Page From History

By Nathaniel Popper

A group of contemporary labor leaders are at the head of a new Jewish labor movement, recalling an era before World War II when Jews were leading some of the most progressive, innovative unions in the country.Read More





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