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Bella Lewitzky

Bella Lewitzky, a pioneer of modern dance who founded, with Lester Horton, the Dance Theater of Los Angeles, was born on this date in L.A. in 1916. A child of Jewish Russian parents, Lewitzky spent part of her youth in a utopian socialist community in the Mojave Desert. In her teens she moved to the […]

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The Erosion of the Two-State Solution

WITH NOTHING PLAUSIBLE TO TAKE ITS PLACE by Ron Skolnik Published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   A “REAR PROJECTION EFFECT” is the term used for the old movie-making technique that causes an object — usually a person, often in a car or train — to appear to be in motion when, in […]

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Presidential Elections and the Jewish Vote

Jimmy Carter was elected president of the U.S. on this date in 1976, with 71 percent of the Jewish vote. Although President Carter led Israel and Egypt to the Camp David Accords of 1978 and the subsequent peace treaty of 1979, he would be targeted by conservative Jewish leaders for his opposition to Israeli settlement […]

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O My America: The White House Sideshow

UNDER THE BIG TOP IS WHAT COUNTS by Lawrence Bush   YES, IT’S MORE THAN LIKELY that Russia’s government colluded with some Trump cronies last year to make Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee look like the head and body of a corrupt political machine. But how much should progressives care that Russian hackers let that cat out […]

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Stanley Sheinbaum and the Struggle for Human Rights

Peace activist and human rights advocate Stanley Sheinbaum was born in New York on this date in 1920. He began his work life as an economics teacher at Stanford University and Michigan, but quit teaching during the Vietnam War and made earning a living unnecessary by marrying into the Warner Brothers family and making savvy […]

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February 12: Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak, Israel’s 10th prime minister (1999-2001) and most highly decorated combat soldier in Israeli history, was born on Kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon on this date in 1942. He was trained in physics, mathematics, and engineering at Hebrew University and Stanford. Barak joined Israel’s armed forces in 1959 and served for thirty-five years, rising to the […]

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The Uncivil Servant: The Hour of the Hypocrites

by Mitchell Abidor THE TIME has perhaps come for a hypocrisy check. As the number of women accusing Trump of unwanted sexual advances mounts, we all sit in shock and horror, wondering how anyone can continue to support him, and how anyone can think, as Trump claims, that this is all a politically manipulated campaign […]

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June 6: Shmuck

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D – NY) held a press conference on this date in 2011 at which he admitted to tweeting photographs of his bulging underwear (which accidentally went out to 45,000 of his Twitter followers) and engaging in “inappropriate conversations” with several women while serving in Congress. The confession, which turned to utter farce […]

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