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Winning or losing, stand up and cheer your Jewish pride

The inaugural Jewish America Heritage Month celebration held last week at the White House did not serve the traditional “alphabet soup of the Jewish organizational world and of pro-Israelism,” writes JTA. In an attempt to swirl the usual buzz words that define American Jewry to America — specifically, Israel — President Obama chose to gather a unique mirror of American Jewry.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 June 2010 01:31 )

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Celebrate Jewish life in Boulder Sunday

While the White House feted Jewish American culture last week, Jews along the Front Range need go no further than Boulder this Sunday for their own feel-good day of celebrating Jewish life, Boulder-style of course. The annual Boulder Jewish Festival on the courthouse lawn and iconic Pearl Street Mall offers a wide variety of Jewish music, food, arts and crafts, plus a a healthy dose of community spirit. It’s been a worrisome week regarding Israel, and the Boulder Jewish Festival will be a we...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:13 )

War on all fronts

Over the years, the IJN has received numerous obituary notices for veterans of WW II. Usually the sweat, blood and agony they endured in Europe and the Pacific is condensed into a few lines. It’s not that family members didn’t ask any pertinent questions while their loved one was alive. In general, the men who returned from hell on all fronts simply refused to talk about it. Some places are too painful to revisit, whether physically or in the heart.
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R.E.A.L. psycho-profit

Somebody once told us — if memory serves, it was a member of the Israeli Air Force — that Israel’s fighter pilots were so remarkably skillful because they were huge video game fans. There is no better way to improve eye-hand coordination than by manipulating the controls of a video game. Somebody else — probably some overly-worried talking head on TV — said that video games are the worst possible things to let your kids get their hands on. They are highly addictive, promote social iso...
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Right, wrong and left on the oil spill

Surely, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico qualifies as an ecological disaster. One need not be a tree-hugging environmentalist to see this  as a case of human activity gone awry, resulting in damage to the earth, in an assault to the balance of nature. The sordid impact on marine animals, plants and humans will be with us for the inestimable future. The oil spill came a few weeks after President Obama gave the green light for limited offshore oil drilling. The president was admirably tryi...
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Italian aliyah expected to double in ’14

Marcy Oster Several Italian Jewish leaders said economic distress figured strongly for the move, with Jews feeling that “they can lead a better life in Israel.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: Synagogues under fire

Raffi Wineburg Last week’s deadly attack in Jerusalem was not the first time terrorists targeted a synagogue. ... [Link]

Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet vote

Marcy Oster The Cabinet’s closed-door discussion on the bill, which moves to the full Knesset, reportedly degenerated into a shouting match. ... [Link]

N.J. rabbi: Arabs in Israel ‘must be vanquished’

Ben Sales In an incendiary and now-deleted blog post, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, N.J., called for Israel to collectively punish Palestinians until they realize “they have no future in the land of ... [Link]

Jonathan Pollard’s first parole application rejected

Ron Kampeas The parole commission in its rejection called the Navy analyst’s spying for Israel “the greatest compromise of U.S. security to that date.” ... [Link]

National Archives makes postwar Shanghai visa records available

Ron Kampeas The records provide a potential trove of information about Holocaust refugees in the Chinese city. ... [Link]

Obama renews Iran sanctions on eve of deal deadline

Ron Kampeas The routine presidential determination declared that there are sufficient alternative sources of oil production to justify continuing sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector. ... [Link]

14 recognized as righteous for saving Jews in the Netherlands

Cnaan Liphshiz Among those honored were sisters who helped smuggle Jews to Spain and a couple who took in a 4-year-old child. ... [Link]

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