My Jewish Problem C’ted: My Tribe Is No Longer a Progressive Political Force

May 30, 2006 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Civil Rights, Social Welfare | Leave a comment

(New York Observer) When I was a kid, Jews were firmly on the left. They were outsiders in American culture—my dad faced antisemitic discrimination in his professional life (science)—and Jews were associated in the 60s with the civil-rights movement and the antiwar movement. And the great leap forward of the meritocracy, of which Jews were the prime beneficiaries (then), meant sharing the wealth of a progressive Jewish tradition, of valuing education and knowledge (as Yuri Slezkine has written) with the rest of society.

Read more at http://mondoweiss.observer.com/2006/05/

American Jewish World Service responds to May 27 Indonesian earthquake

May 28, 2006 at 11:09 am | Posted in Get Involved | Leave a comment

(Reliefweb) A major earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck the densely populated city of Yogyakarta at 5:45 am Saturday, May 27. Current death estimates are now at 4,600 and rising. An additional 20,000 people are injured and 200,000 people are now homeless. This is the first disaster to strike Indonesia since the 2004 tsnumai.

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) will be working in conjunction with our 14 local non-governmental partner organizations and with several larger international relief organizations to give immediate aid to the victims and then to help develop more long term planning to create sustainable mechanisms for survival and reconstruction. AJWS is currently asking for donations.

Read more at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/

To donate go to https://donate.ajws.org/03/rapid_response?extra3=java_EQ

Palestinian Leader Plans a Vote on Accepting Israel

May 25, 2006 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(NY Times) In a bold political gamble, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared today that he wants a national referendum on a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel if Hamas and other factions do not accept such a coexistence plan within 10 days.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/25/world/middleeast/

False Report Triggers Rush Of Iranian-Nazi Comparisons

May 25, 2006 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Anti-discrimination, Civil Rights, Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) It was not exactly up there with the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but the effort to discredit the Iranian regime took an embarrassing turn this week with a false media report claiming that Tehran had passed a law requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear special badges.

The report and a related column by Iranian opposition pundit Amir Taheri ran in the May 19 edition of the National Post, a Canadian daily, promptly setting off a media feeding frenzy.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7844

Importance of emotional Jewish life on campus pushed at Hillel conference

May 23, 2006 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Identity | Leave a comment

(JTA) Amid worries about fraying religious ties among Jewish college students and campus rifts over Israel, a conference held here this week probed the interplay between American academia and Jews.

Read more at http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=16644&intcategoryid=3

YDAJC 2006 Spring Conference Meeting

May 22, 2006 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Announcements, Announcements + Events, Events | Leave a comment

The Young Democrats of America Spring Conference for 2006 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada June 9-11 at The New Frontier Hotel and Casino.

On Friday, June 9th the Caucus will hold its meeting at 5:30 pm at Margarita’s Mexican Cantina inside the Frontier. Our guest speakers will be Bobby Feldman from the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Las Vegas and Samuel Lieberman, a national board member of JNF and a former Young Democrat. They will be speaking about the activities that JNF has been working on and current events in Israel.

On Sunday, June 11th at 1:00 pm, the Caucus will be holding its Strategic Planning Retreat at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba at the Fashion Show Mall.

For full conference details visit www.yda.org.

We hope to see you there!

~YDAJC Executive Board

State should stay out of religion, says Dover judge

May 22, 2006 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Church and State | Leave a comment

(Centre Daily Times, PA) A federal judge who outlawed the teaching of “intelligent design” in science class told graduates at Dickinson College that the nation’s founders saw religion as the result of personal inquiry, not church doctrine.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones gave the commencement address Sunday to 500 graduates at Dickinson College, his alma mater.

Read more at http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/14637120.htm

Fresh Muslim-Jewish Discord on Campus

May 15, 2006 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Anti-discrimination | Leave a comment

(LA Times) Controversial events scheduled at UC Irvine next week with such provocative titles as “Holocaust in the Holy Land” and “Israel: The Fourth Reich” are sparking outrage among Jewish students who are asking administrators to denounce aspects of the event.

Read More at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-holocaust12may12

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