Budget Cuts Loom But It’s Still Business as Usual for Most Federal Employees

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Capital Commentary

With President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calling for cuts of 20 to 30 percent in multiple departments, the constant barrage of ugly political discourse (coming from both sides of the aisle), and memos restricting what those working in the trenches of the vast federal bureaucracy may say to the press — well, maybe working for the federal government isn’t nearly the cushy job everyone says it is. 

The Untold Story of the Jewish Effort to Pass the G.I. Bill

Written by Anna Selman on . Posted in Capital Commentary

On June 22, we celebrate the anniversary of the G.I. Bill, a historic act that was the first major piece of legislation dealing with the postwar era challenges to come. With veterans coming home to already fully staffed factories, the G.I. Bill, officially known as the Service Member Readjustment Act of 1944, helped stop another recession by providing education and housing opportunities to veterans—allowing them to create new jobs and businesses in America’s new booming economy. However, the Jewish effort behind the G.I. Bill is little known to the public.

Celebrating Jerusalem at the U.S. Capitol

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Capital Commentary

Congressional leadership joined 25 national Jewish organizations in a show of support on the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification.

Twenty members of Congress pledged their support for Israel, with many hoping President Donald Trump will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, during a program celebrating Jerusalem’s 50th anniversary sponsored by the Religious Zionists of America (RZA).

Middle East Peace? Fuggetaboutit

Written by Ben Barber on . Posted in Capital Commentary

Peace is highly unlikely between Israel and the Palestinians at this time because there are no strong leaders able or willing to break the logjam blocking peace talks, said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

‘I Think Striking Syria Was Absolutely Right’

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Capital Commentary

Bret Stephens talks values-based foreign policy with Kol HaBirah at JNF event.

On April 23, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens was the guest speaker at the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) annual community breakfast, held at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Maryland. Stephens spoke eloquently and expertly on American foreign policy and its future under the new administration.

Hogan Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Law

Written by Gabe Aaronson Special Correspondent on . Posted in Capital Commentary

On May 25, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill (HB 1) mandating five days of paid family sick leave for workers at businesses with 15 or more employees. The veto was harshly criticized by Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on social activism. The bill would be a “clear victory for families and businesses alike,” the organization said in a public statement.

‘I Think Striking Syria Was Absolutely Right’

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From left: JNF Breakfast Co-Chair Jeffrey Menich, New York Times op-ed columnist and guest speaker Bret Stephens, Co-Chair Adrienne Rulnick, and breakfast host Dr. Chet Stein. (Photo courtesy of JNF)Bret Stephens talks values-based foreign policy with Kol HaBirah at JNF event.

On April 23, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens was the guest speaker at the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) annual community breakfast, held at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Maryland. Stephens spoke eloquently and expertly on American foreign policy and its future under the new administration.