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Scapegoating Their Own Jewish Community

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The Jewish far left has become a more frequent and increasingly louder voice in the growing chorus against Israel within the growing extreme liberal camp.

The following illustrations hardly tell the whole story.

Last month’s protest two days before Passover by a Jewish anti-“occupation” group IfNotNow at the offices...

Standing in Unity With Israel, Flaws and All

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Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut—Independence Day—is particularly meaningful to my family. My uncle brought his family to the country from Poland in 1936, and he and my aunt fought on the streets of Tel Aviv in the War of Independence in 1948. My grandmother’s sister and her husband escaped the Nazis, making aliyah in the 1930s. My brother, sister, first cousin and their families all have made aliyah. Two nephews and a niece are now serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

As I was growing up, Israel was an ever-present part of my life, and my father consistently spoke of the Jewish state from his pulpit. I’ve visited the Jewish state more times than I can count and have seen...

EL AL Airlines Offers Special Summer Fares to Israel

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New York—For warm weather, pristine beaches and unrivaled scenery this summer, EL AL Israel Airlines is providing travelers with excellent savings. The special round-trip fares are $1,299 from New York (JFK/Newark) and Boston for departures June 16 through August 18 (all taxes and carrier-imposed surcharges are included). Family-friendly summer fares from Los Angeles are also available for departures from June 8 through August 13.

In addition, EL AL is also making family travel to Israel more affordable by introducing an exclusive children’s fare with savings of at least $200 for each child over the age of 2 and under 14.

EL AL offers the most nonstop flights between the USA and...

Remembering to Fight Anti-Semitism With Passion

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Almost six months ago I left my position at a major private-sector firm to join the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Having previously spent over 15 years in government I believed that I had demonstrated a dedication for public service bestowed upon me largely through the legacy of my grandfather, who besides running a lighting business was best known for his presidency and commitment to Brooklyn’s Young Israel of Flatbush. As I reflect during this Passover season upon my shift back to professional involvement in Jewish communal life I realize that the institution of which I am now a part has taught me a great deal too. My colleague Mark Wietzman often speaks of how anti-Semitism is a growth...

Who Is Really Endangering the Future of Judaism in Israel?

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Every Friday night, I help run a “Carlebach” service in Beit Shemesh. It’s a unique service that brings together Jews from all backgrounds to pray, sing and dance on a weekly basis. While closing up the synagogue this past Friday night, a Hasidic man in his early 30s who was at this service for the first time approached me and introduced himself.

“Before you were elected to the Knesset, I was in kollel (religious seminary for married men), and could not support my growing family,” he began. “So I went to work. But I felt like a second-class citizen when I did so, and was made to feel that way by those around me who were still in kollel. It got so bad that when I saw someone...

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