JBuzz News October 31, 2012: Yehuda Kurtzer: US Jews: Ashamed of Israel, proud to be Jewish

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US Jews: Ashamed of Israel, proud to be Jewish

Source: YNet News, 10-31-12

They are politically involved, have high voter turnout rate and are no longer purely Democratic. Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer seeks to strengthen American Jewry’s connection to Israel, but clarifies that Jewish vote has nothing to do with Israeli issue

“Statistically, Jews in the United States have a particularly high voter turnout rate and are very politically involved,” he tells Ynet. “They are always ‘more,’ perhaps because they are relatively educated or feel committed to the democratic idea of voting and making a difference.”

“Israelis are always surprised when they discover that despite all the talk about Israel within the communities – and there is always a lot of talk about Israel – most of the population does not vote for a president based on his foreign policy in the Middle East.

“The American Jew votes for his president according to the usual measures: Economic policy, or identification with social values. Israel has nothing to do with it.

“On the other hand, there is a lot of talk, especially among certain population groups like Israelis (the American definition for former Israelis), who believe Obama does not sympathize with Israel or even seen him as anti-Israel, and it bothers them. But most Jews see this issue as unrelated.”…READ MORE

JBuzz News October 28, 2012: For growing number of Polish gentiles, Jewish culture seen as part of their own heritage

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For growing number of Polish gentiles, Jewish culture seen as part of their own heritage

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

Marek Tuszewicki is doing doctoral work at the Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, teaches Yiddish at the Krakow JCC, and leads a club that brings together those who like to sing Chasidic songs and read Yiddish literature.

He also co-founded a Jewish literature and art quarterly called Cwiszn and publishes articles and poems in Yiddish.

There’s just one thing: Tuszewicki is not himself Jewish….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 23, 2012: Where Jewish Studies Captivates Non-Jews

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Where Jewish Studies Captivates Non-Jews

Source: The Jewish Week, 10-23-12

At City College, which is in Harlem, she’s hardly unusual: the Jewish studies program includes students from Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, South Korea, Slovakia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Trinidad and Thailand, as well as the Bronx, Harlem and Queens….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 23, 2012: Susan MacManus: Can Mitt Romney sway Jewish voters with ‘apology tour’ quip?

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Can Mitt Romney sway Jewish voters with ‘apology tour’ quip?

Every four years, the Republicans think they will make inroads with Jewish voters in Florida, says Susan MacManus, a professor at the University of South Florida. “And every four years it does not come to fruition.” Democrats have won at least 76 percent….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 23, 2012: Posen Foundation launching new Jewish studies fellowships

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Posen Foundation launching new Jewish studies fellowships

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., 10-23-12

“This new program underscores our commitment to providing crucial early career support to academics in Jewish Studies and Jewish fiction writers, and building bridges between scholars, writers and the general public around the world,” Jesse Tisch….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 22, 2012: Jewish studies not just for Jews

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Jewish studies not just for Jews

In order for the academic pursuit of Jewish studies to continue, it must appeal to a broader audience outside the Jewish community, said Judith Baskin, a Jewish scholar, author and professor….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 17, 2012: Ruth Wisse: Harvard Professor: Jews Should Vote for Romney

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Harvard Prof: Jews Should Vote for Romney

American Jews who care about Israel should vote for Mitt Romney, says Ruth Wisse, a Harvard professor of Yiddish and comparative literature….READ MORE