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J Street hangs far left

J Street hangs far left

WASHINGTON — The detractors of J Street like to portray the organization’s leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami, as so far to the left of mainstream American Jewish opinion as to be out of bounds.

If they think Ben-Ami is too much of a lefty on Israel, just wait till they meet J Street’s rank and file.

At the organization’s conference in Washington this week, which organizers say drew 2,400 people, the crowd was emphatic in its insistence on Palestinian rights, offered only weak, scattered applause for an Obama administration official’s line about America’s strong support for Israeli security, and complained that more Palestinians should have been featured on conference panels.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:58 )


Shabbat, day of (basketball) rest

Shabbat, day of (basketball) restFOR the first time in Colorado history, the state athletic association rescheduled a high school basketball game to accommodate Jewish athletes on Shabbat. The Denver Jewish Day School Tigers, which beat Community Christian on Thursday, Feb. 25, qualified for the District 8 1A finals — the first time the team has advanced this far in postseason play. But the Tigers’ next contest, against Shining Mountain Waldorf, was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26 — Shabbat. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:45 )


Runge found guilty

Runge found guiltyMINNESOTA filmmaker Wendy Weiner Runge pled guilty Feb. 16, to a felony fraud charge brought against her by the state of Iowa. The surprise action came just as attorneys on both sides rested their cases in her trial, which had begun on Feb. 7, for fraud in relation to tax credit incentives offered by the now-defunct Iowa Film Office. Before then, Runge had steadily insisted on her innocence of all charges, and had said she was singled out by the state. According to a Des Moines Register artic...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:40 )


CU asked to divest from Israel

A CU at Boulder alumnus asked the university’s Board of Regents to consider a resolution to divest from companies that support Israel at the regents Tuesday (Feb. 22) meeting. Boulder resident Michael Rabb, 64, read from a prepared text summarizing the resolution, for his allotted two minutes during the public comment section of the regents meeting. A rebuttal, also two minutes, was given by Yona Eshkenazi, Colorado director of StandWithUs, whose mission is to ensure that Israel’s side of ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 February 2011 09:20 )


Gerda Weissman Klein, ‘crusader of tolerance’

Gerda Weissman Klein, ‘crusader of tolerance’WASHINGTON — Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissman Klein was among 15 Americans to receive the 2010 Medal of Freedom from President Obama last week. “(A)s an author, a historian and a crusader for tolerance, she has taught the world that it is often in our most hopeless moments that we discover the extent of our strength and the depth of our love,” Obama said about Klein during the award ceremony Feb. 15 at the White House.
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