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Henryk Halkowski poses in Krakow in 1997 at a souvenir stand selling carved figures of Jews.
Ruthless Cosmopolitan: Farewell to a ‘pintele Yid’: Henryk Halkowski poses in Krakow in 1997 at a souvenir stand selling carved figures of Jews. (Ruth Ellen Gruber) Read more »

Mitchell pick mostly draws early praise

Barack Obama’s selection for Middle East envoy drew praise from Israel, as well as dovish groups and at least one centrist Jewish organization. Read more »

Op-Ed: Federal gov’t must act to help the most vulnerable

Increasing FMAP, which provides funds for Medicaid that help make health coverage affordable to low- and moderate-income families, will jump-start the economy as it did in 2004, two Jewish communal officials say. Read more »

Waiting for Obama to fill out the Mideast policy machine

Pro-Israel activists already have a feel for the major players on the Obama administration’s foreign policy team, but the picture remains fuzzy when it comes to the midlevel appointees and nominees — the ones who on a day-to-day level often play the main role in policymaking. Read more »

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British Jews find in Gaza war a compulsion to speak out

The worldwide response to Israel’s operation in Gaza sent British Jewry into the streets in unprecedented ways. Read more »

Orthodox group: Rabbi violated rules by joining National Prayer Service

The main Modern Orthodox rabbinical association says a prominent member violated its rules by participating in the National Prayer Service. Read more »

Blogs

Election Central ’08

Coleman lines up gig at RJC (UPDATED)

The Republican Jewish Coalition announced that it has tapped Norm Coleman to serve as a consultant and… Read Blog »

The Telegraph

That bittersweet feeling

It was almost inevitable that most Israelis would be left with a somewhat sour feeling at the end of… Read Blog »

The Fundermentalist

Loose Change: Layoffs at Hillel, none at local Hadassahs and Jews push for healthcare

The Fundermentalist rounds up the latest nonprofit news: The Washington Jewish Week reports on cuts at… Read Blog »

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Throng gathering on the National Mall by the Washington Monument for the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. (Patrick Morgan / Creative Commons)
Throng gathering on the National Mall by the Washington Monument for the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. (Patrick Morgan / Creative Commons)
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  • Throng gathering on the National Mall by the Washington Monument for the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.
  • Israeli troops withdrawing from the Gaza Strip on Jan. 18, 2009.
  • European leaders meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, third from left, at his official residence in Jerusalem on Jan. 18, 2009.
  • Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Askenazi, left, visiting injured soldiers on Jan. 18, 2009.
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres visiting wounded soldiers and their families at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah on Jan. 19, 2009.
  • Israeli soldiers take a break from the Gaza fighting to read letters of encouragement written by Americans.
  • Samuel Wurzelbacher, right in foreground, commonly known as Joe the Plumber, visits the Jewish Agency's Kalanit absorption center in Ashkelon on Jan. 12, 2009 to report on the situation in Israel's South for the Web site PajamasTV.com.
  • A rally in Frankfurt on Jan. 11, 2009, which drew an estimated crowd of 2,000, was one of three pro-Israel demonstrations in major German cities that day.
  • A Palestinian Kassam rocket is launched toward Israel from Gaza City on Jan. 9, 2009 as seen from Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
  • A large explosion rocks the northern Gaza Strip during an Israeli Air Force attack against the Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun in Gaza City Jan. 9, 2009.

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