“The board of every Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogue in the US should evaluate the wisdom of positioning their brand as the religious wing of the Democratic Party”

To survive, American Judaism must abandon ideological inbreeding
by David Kinnear
September 20, 2017

It is well known that the American synagogue is generally plagued by declining enrollment and diminished interest among congregants. Is preaching leftist politics from the pulpit a long-term accretive strategy? Reform Judaism is currently positioned to be indistinguishable from the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and it has nothing more to gain from overtly aligning itself with it. Actively alienating Conservatives is not a viable growth strategy when your market share of politically Liberal Jews is at saturation levels and Judaism is in relative decline. It was once possible to find Reform rabbis and lay leaders active in both the Republican and Democratic parties, and the movement’s policy opinions were more or less non-partisan. This is no longer the case. READ MORE

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Shanah Tovah (שנה טובה), gefilte fish and sermons for 5778: “As for President Trump, most non-Orthodox Jews deem opposition to him tantamount to a religious commandment”

What Will Your Rabbi Talk About This Week?
by Dennis Prager
September 19, 2017

…You would think that rabbis have a deep well from which to choose the subject of their sermons. And many do. But Jews from all over America increasingly tell me that their rabbis speak about what most of us would deem politics. Many non-Orthodox rabbis (and I do not write this as an Orthodox Jew) have chosen the holiest days in the Jewish calendar to speak about global warming, racism, sexism, transgender issues, immigration, “dreamers,” food insecurity, single-payer health insurance and the like. And this year, many rabbis will surely also talk about President Trump as a threat to American Jews. They will solemnly sermonize that he is a white supremacist who winks at American neo-Nazis. READ MORE

WALL STREET JOURNAL I Still Have Nightmares.’ The Dicey Future of Jarred Gefilte Fish

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“Cairo leadership builds ties with Israel and fosters Palestinian unity” while it sidelines Abbas [VIDEO]

Egyptian leader Sissi is showing his mettle by posing with Netanyahu
by Avi Issacharoff
September 19, 2017

In meeting publicly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has once again proved that he is the bravest Arab leader in the region. Sissi dared to do what other Arab heads will only do under the radar — sit down with Israeli leaders, among them Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Netanyahu and Sissi’s meeting on Monday night on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York provides a clear indication that at the moment Sissi feels confident enough of his position in Egypt and the Arab world to publicly reveal that such an event took place. READ MORE

ISRAEL HAYOM Netanyahu: US understands the need to take action on Iran. Bibi and Trump meet in New York.

PJ MEDIA Trump Hits Home Run for America in UN Speech

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“Sunday’s surprise announcement that Hamas had dissolved its administrative committee in Gaza and agreed to reconciliation is unlikely to defy the precedent”

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan
by Grant Rumley
September 17, 2017

Of the demands Palestinians often make of their leaders, reconciliation between their two largest political factions perennially tops the list. Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip in a civil war in 2007, have waged a low-intensity conflict for over a decade. Between flare-ups, the two have often responded to the will of their people by announcing various unity agreements..From the start, Abbas made his demands of Hamas clear: dismantle the administrative committee, bring Gaza back under the PA’s control, and prepare for national elections. Hamas countered by insisting it wouldn’t budge until he rescinded his crippling sanctions. READ MORE

GATESTONE Palestinians Imprison Journalists for Exposing Corruption

PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH Fatah spokesman to Hamas:Don’t recognize Israel; Fatah doesn’t and never will

COMMENTARY Israel Courts Shield Hamas Officials from Consequences

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“For the first time in Israel’s history, the United States Army has opened a permanent base on Israeli soil, flying the Stars and Stripes inside an IDF base” [VIDEO]

IDF, US Army celebrate inauguration of first American base in Israel
by Anna Ahronheim
September 18, 2017

“Due to the close cooperation between us and the American forces in the field of air defense, as well as the extensive experience accumulated by the Aerial Defense Division, it was decided that the first permanent base of the American Army would be established at the School of Air Defense,” Brig.-Gen Zvika Haimovitch, head of the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division, stated on Monday…The base, Haimovitch stated, “represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of our countries” and “adds another layer to the security of the State of Israel in defending the threats of rocket or missile fire.”…According to Haimovitch, several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the permanent base in southern Israel…READ MORE

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#IFCJ “healing the rift between the two faiths that has existed since the birth of Jesus and the founding of the Christian church”

Zionist Group Brings Almost 10,000 Jews Back to Israel with Help From Christians Around the World
by Penny Starr
September 17, 2017

Jerome Henri Cohen was born in Paris and he was also born a Jew. But despite his heritage, he was living a secular life, first as a journalist and then as a successful lawyer in the French capital. Cohen did not feel any discrimination because of his heritage — until he decided to embrace Judaism. Things changed when he asked for time off from work to celebrate the Sabbath and other aspects of practicing his faith proved challenging. That changed when the [Chicago-based] International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) helped Cohen move to Israel in July where, under Israeli right of return law, he was granted citizenship and is getting help for his first six months in his new homeland, including with housing and employment. READ MORE

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Correlation of anti-Israel, antisemitism, strongest among Muslims

UK study confirms what we knew: Strong link between anti-Israel and antisemitic views
by Miriam Elman
September 17, 2017

A joint report released last week by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (JPR), a London-based think tank, and the Community Security Trust (CST), the communal Jewish defense body in the UK, found an “unambiguous association” between antisemitic and anti-Israel attitudes in Britain. The report—an in-depth investigation and analysis of animus toward Jews, the role of hatred directed toward Israel, and the prevalence of bigotry across the political spectrum in Britain today—makes for a sobering read. It’s the first major study of British attitudes to demonstrate with “pure, hard empiricism” what many Jews and others have been saying for a long time, namely the fact that there’s a tight empirical connection between a hatred of Israel and a hatred of Jews. READ MORE

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