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Young Americans are being tested by a worldwide pandemic, with its lockdowns, lost education, social isolation and uncertainty. Young Jewish Americans are experiencing the same, of course, with the added fact that they are coming of age in a time of rising antisemitism.

Apart from the ever-changing rules for entry that are driven by the pandemic and related health concerns, Americans are afforded free access to Israel and don’t need short-term visas to enter the country. The same is not true for Israelis who want to visit the United States to tour or do bus…

The Build Back Better bill, which passed the House on Friday, still has a long way to go before it can be enacted. It needs to pass the Senate and then make it through the budget process before it even lands on President Joe Biden’s desk. As it currently stands, however, the bill would resha…

Americans are worn out from the pandemic, worried about the economy and looking for leadership. This can be seen in casual conversations with friends and relatives, and in the jarring numbers of a Post-ABC poll released this week. The combination of voter exhaustion and heightened economic c…

The name Maccabee — drawn from the historic group of Jewish rebel warriors who founded the Hasmonean dynasty — has come to symbolize strength, prowess and pride. Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team is internationally known. It rose out of the Maccabiah movement, a Zionist enterprise th…

Like many of the United Nations climate change conferences that preceded it, this year’s gathering in Glasgow, Scotland featured a number of big promises. One of the more notable pledges was from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who announced that the Jewish state would set a goal of …

Antisemitism was the focus of two national surveys released last week. The first was by the American Jewish Committee and the second by Hillel International and the Anti-Defamation League. Both surveys made clear that antisemitism is very much on the minds of American Jews, who consider it m…

The latest joint project announced by Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a space mission to the moon that will, among other things, include a satellite to help users of Hebrew and Muslim calendars determine the precise time of the new moon.

In 2018, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) because, as then UN ambassador Nikki Haley put it, “our commitment [to human rights] does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human right…

In testimony this summer before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, called on Congress to provide significantly increased funding for security resources to help protect the

Much has been written about the political and emerging economic significance of the historic Abraham Accords. For the most part, the focus has been upon high-level governmental interactions and business-to-business collaborations. Tourism and travel between Israel and new Accord states has a…

Over the past 45 years, we have experienced 20 government shutdowns. No one likes them. So, it wasn’t at all surprising that the most recent threat was “averted” last week with congressional passage of a short-term spending bill. But the predictable end to what was essentially political post…

Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, is stepping down after 16 years in office, having achieved wide recognition as one of the world’s most successful and respected political leaders. During her tenure in office, Merkel dealt with five UK prime ministers, four French presidents…

Last week, we learned that after months of clinical trials, Pfizer determined that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

We are intrigued by the experiment in governance being pursued by the eight-party coalition that currently runs the State of Israel. It is the creation of prime minister-in-waiting Yair Lapid, and is currently led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The coalition has studiously avoided dealin…

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords, which established normal relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, followed by Sudan and Morocco. It was a breathtaking turn of events that has caused positive ripples among Israel’s many…

In a recent JTA opinion piece under the headline “Has Israel let you down? Talk about it,” Nachman Shai, Israel’s new Minister for Diaspora Affairs, urged Diaspora rabbis to talk about Israel in their High Holiday sermons, but to do so in wholly non-political terms: “Talk about the bonds bet…

Historically, the Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem was a U.S. diplomatic mission that provided consular services to Palestinian residents in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. It was not accredited to any government and was relatively non-controversial. It functioned in co…

“Jesus Christ came to save the whole world from the Jews — the founders of the original Anti-Christ religion, they who are the seed of the Serpent, that brood of vipers.” Those are not the words of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, nor of one of his disciples at the deadly “Unite the Ri…

Fifty-three years ago, in June 1968, 24-year old Sirhan Sirhan rocked America when he shot and killed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), then the leading contender to be his party’s presidential nominee.

Governments are notoriously reluctant to admit mistakes. But sometimes the facts are so clear that no acknowledgment is necessary. Our withdrawal from Afghanistan is just such a circumstance. And just when we thought things couldn’t get uglier or worse, they did.

5781 was challenging. But we got through it. In the process, we learned how to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays remotely or in compliant outdoor venues; figured out how to work remotely and still do our jobs; attended meetings, communal events and celebrations on Zoom or in carefully re…

President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett already know each other. Nonetheless, there will still be some element of the two leaders taking each other’s measure at their White House meeting this week. That’s because each will be attending with new credentials and heighten…

As we watch the ongoing tragedy in Afghanistan, we wonder: What did the U.S. government think would happen when it withdrew troops and government supports from Afghanistan? Is it possible that with all the military planning that went into the withdrawal effort, no one predicted the resulting…

Before the pandemic changed the way many of us work, we were forced to deal with an array of psychological stresses that added to the pressures of our work environments. From how employees reacted to their own illnesses to how they dealt with the varying needs of a child, parent or other lov…

We all understand the need to invest in maintaining and upgrading our nation’s infrastructure. That includes work on such fundamentals like roads, bridges, transportation, water and energy distribution and the upgrade of communication networks, including the internet.

When it comes to issues of communal safety and institutional security, congressional testimony by representatives of our community have historically focused on Jewish-centric concerns, like the rise of antisemitism and encouragement for government to do more to protect against it. There is n…

Democratic Party moderates and the pro-Israel community heaved a deep, satisfied sigh of relief following last week’s come-from-behind victory of Shontel Brown over Nina Turner in the Cleveland-area Democratic primary race to succeed HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge as the representative for Ohio’…

Over the past several weeks we have seen reports that Israel spyware firm NSO Group’s Pegasus technology was being used for more than the monitoring of terrorists and other bad actors. We learned of allegations of the technology’s use against journalists, opposition figures and critics of au…

We applaud President Joe Biden’s announcement last week naming Deborah Lipstadt as the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism. The selection of Lipstadt is widely recognized as a good one — even if many are concerned that it took the administration far too long t…

There is something about the joys of ice cream in the heat of summer. And until last week, very few of us thought that ice cream would be a major topic of our international political discussion, or the focus of state efforts to enforce the much ballyhooed anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanction…

We have come a very long way in the 17 months since COVID took over our lives. We have moved from fear, confusion, isolation, masks and interminable hand washing to an emerging sense of an ability to return to “normal.”

Let’s be clear: Israel is not an apartheid state. And Israel is not committing genocide on the Palestinians. Nonetheless, a recent survey commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute — a group led by prominent Jewish Democrats — found that a disturbing 25% of U.S. Jews agree that Israel “…

Since the historic founding of the state of Israel more than 73 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly has passed hundreds of resolutions critical of the Jewish state. Whether based upon criticism of Israel’s “disproportionate” response to military and missile attacks, the building o…

Sunday’s “No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People” at the National Mall was a welcome communal reaction to the disturbing rise of antisemitism across the country. Speakers at the event included religious and political leaders, allies from various organizational and religious gr…

The enormity of the tragic loss of lives and property in the haunting collapse of the 13-story Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, continues to grow. Close to 150 people are dead or missing, notwithstanding a herculean rescue effort. Earlier this week, with Tropical Stor…

As Israel’s 10th president, Reuven Rivlin operated with a steady and comforting hand. So it is with sadness that we prepare for him to step down on July 7, as his seven-year term comes to an end. Avuncular and possessing a common touch, Rivlin put his limited presidential powers to good use …

At their recent meeting, leaders of the Group of Seven issued a call to China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Chief among those who have been stripped of their basic freedoms are the Uyghurs, a Turkic Muslim people who live in the northwestern Xinjiang province. In a camp…

After his historic 12 years as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy begins with two words: It’s complicated. But whatever your view of the man and his remarkable service, everyone must agree that he leaves office having made an indelible mark on Israel — its culture, its plac…

It is disturbing that today’s public disagreement has moved from engagement, debate and reasoned argument, to more confrontational, accusatory and finger pointing expressions of anger, driven by moral certainty. Gone are the days when differing opinions were presented in a collegial manner, …

A little more than a year ago, just before COVID-19 overtook our lives, we were lamenting the troubling rise of antisemitism in the United States. We were nervous. We were concerned. We were slowly being shaken from our “it can’t happen here” attitudes, as we experienced the tension and read…

President Joe Biden was right. Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. And the fact that Israel was largely protected by the Iron Dome from more than 4,000 rockets Hamas sent its way in the latest round of fighting, while Gaza is largely unprotected from Israel’s air response, doesn’t…

Everyone knows that in order to keep peace in polite company, religion and politics should be avoided. But the two are intertwined in the Pew Research Center’s new report, “Jewish Americans in 2020.” One finding even suggests that, among Jews, politics is becoming the new religion, as a majo…

Israel’s Operation Guardian of the Walls is the kind of military operation with which we are very familiar. The country is under an attack from Gaza, with violence orchestrated by Hamas, a genocidal terror organization. Thousands of rockets have been fired indiscriminately across more than h…

There is widespread concern about the crippling financial challenge to some 43 million Americans of their federal student loans. Proposals to deal with the challenge run the gamut from outright forgiveness of all federal loans (proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), which would cost an est…

There are many problems with Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) contention that “In certain areas” of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Israel’s “deprivations” against the Palestinians “are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”

During the past year, home has been a safe haven for most people. It was the comfortable refuge from the deadly pandemic, which predominantly spread when people interacted outside their protective bubbles. For others, however, particularly those who are victims of domestic abuse, home was ak…

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