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Car Czar: Expertise in both private banking and labor unions helped Bloom land the job

Car Czar: Expertise in both private banking and labor unions helped Bloom land the job

WASHINGTON — By now Ron Bloom’s professional road to becoming the Obama administration’s car czar has been widely reported. Missing from the coverage, however, has been any mention of those formative years at Jewish summer camp.

Born in New York City and raised in Swarthmore, a suburb of Philadelphia, much of Bloom’s early life revolved around Habonim (now known as Habonim Dror), a progressive Labor Zionist youth movement that emphasizes cultural Judaism, socialism and social justice.

It’s all part of an upbringing that the man overseeing the country’s bailout of the US auto industry cites among his earliest influences.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:23 )

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Human Rights Watch rakes Israel over the coals for last winter’s war against Hamas

Human Rights Watch rakes Israel over the coals for last winter’s war against HamasWASHINGTON — The fighting in Gaza ended months ago, but the fight over the war rages on between Israel and NGOs. NGOs have been issuing reports accusing Israeli of war crimes. In response, the Israeli army recently released a 163-page, 460-point account seeking to rebut such claims and discredit those making them.At issue is the three-week Israeli invasion of Gaza starting in December, 2008, launched in response to thousands of Palestinian rocket attacks against civilian targets in the south o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:30 )

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Kennedy and the Jews

Kennedy and the JewsWASHINGTON — US Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died Aug. 25, is being remembered in the Jewish community for his huge impact on domestic issues such as education and health care, but also as a giant in the Soviet Jewry movement.Kennedy “was one of the earliest, strongest champions on behalf of Soviet Jewry,” said Mark Levin, executive director of NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia. “He was always proactive and didn’t wait for NCSJ and ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:27 )

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New Israeli ambassador faces pressure from Netanyahu, US Jews and the White House

New Israeli ambassador faces pressure from Netanyahu, US Jews and the White HouseWASHINGTON — Tweeted, a diplomat’s job would look something like this: Explain home abroad, explain abroad home.In recent weeks, it’s seemed as if the job description for Israeli envoys would encroach on the 140-character limit: Explain home abroad, explain abroad home, explain Jews abroad home, explain home to Jews abroad, explain, explain, explain.Michael Oren, the new Israeli ambassador to Washington, has had a busy six weeks, and he acknowledges that some of his difficulties have had t...
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Day schools taking measures to prevent spread of swine flu

Day schools taking measures to prevent spread of swine fluNEW YORK — Some schools are pouring bleach over desks. Others are stocking bathrooms with anti-bacterial soap.As summer vacation nears an end and students set to return to classrooms, Jewish schools throughout the US are adopting new health safety measures out of concern for potential outbreaks of swine flu in the fall.“We are very proactive,” Jill Kessler, head of the Pardes Jewish Day School in Phoenix, Ariz., told JTA. “Two nurses will be on the premises for the first few days of scho...
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