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Feeling All ‘Berned Out’

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Bernie Sanders, this nation’s first Jewish presidential candidate, could get no closer to the recent AIPAC Policy Conference than Utah, because of time constraints, according to his campaign.

Yet he comes to New York and is suddenly effusive in his Jewish pride. And where does he give this speech? In Harlem.


Candidates Do Not Exist in an AIPAC Vacuum

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The presidential candidates were on their game and said the right words. But though we may wish them to, candidates don’t exist in an AIPAC vacuum, and few of us are one-issue voters anyway.

Many of us have a history with these candidates going back decades.

The real decision we have to make is who is more likely to stick to their campaign promises, and who is more likely sell Israel down the river when a bigger payoff comes along. At least with Bernie Sanders, we know he was telling his truth, in his prepared remarks sent from Utah, when he explained that he cares for the plight of the Palestinians and feels the economic conditions in Gaza are deplorable. It may not help us that he...

Showing Respect for the U.S.-Israel Relationship

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Several years ago, the lower level of the Walter Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital displayed, in vivid props and models, the process and timetable Iran was using in its quest to formulate military-grade nuclear capabilities.

The display was daunting and perhaps prophetic. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) virtually showed its thousands of attendees and the world, for that matter, the existential threat Iran posed to Israel and the West if it wasn’t stopped.

This coming Sunday, March 20, through Tuesday, March 22, over 15,000 supporters of Israel will again meet at the very same Convention Center in Washington, D.C., to take on the issues of...

What I Learned From My Impeachment Shabbat

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Probably the first and last Shabbat I ever “went to the office” was Saturday, December 19, 1998. I can pinpoint the moment because it was the day President Bill Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. I was working, at the time, as a legislative assistant to a member of the House from California, the state where I grew up.

It was not a great day, for a number of reasons. I remember noting, with a kind of disappointment, that there were no non-automatic doors available for me to get into the Rayburn House Office Building, and I didn’t feel high-ranking enough to be able to call someone in advance and ask them to help me navigate the myriad of doors, escalators...

Letting RJC Decide What the Future Holds

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Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s announced resignation from the Riverdale Jewish Center pulpit late last week will hopefully close the chapter and bring to a rest the distraction that’s hovered over the shul for close to a year.

Rabbi Rosenblatt, who has led the synagogue for over 30 years, was the subject of a New York Times article in May of 2015 that accused him of impropriety in the gym and sauna after racquetball games. While no charges were ever filed against him, the activity was deemed inappropriate by the RJC Board years before. The article and subsequent media circus caused a split between those who felt they must support their friend, mentor and rav, and those who could no...

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