AJC Praises California Governor Jerry Brown for Signing Anti-BDS Legislation into Law  

September 24, 2016 – Los Angeles – AJC praises California Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 2844 today. The legislation was introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom in February 2016 to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The State Senate approved the bill by 34 to 1 on August 24th and the Assembly by 69 to 1 on August 30th.

"AJC has been a key partner on AB 2844 since day one," said Assemblymember Bloom. "From testifying in committee hearings to providing valuable insight and knowledge, AJC advocated tirelessly on this bill throughout the entire legislative process. Additionally, by engaging the general public on this bill, AJC has elevated the voices of countless Californians who demand an end to the discriminatory practices of the BDS movement."  Please click here to read more.

Mexico Honors AJC’s Dina Siegel Vann 

September 15, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – The Mexican government today bestowed one of its highest honors, the prestigious National Ohtli Award, on Dina Siegel Vann, Director of AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA).   The Ohtli Award recognizes Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli is a Náhuatl word that means “pathway” in English, or “camino” in Spanish.  

“As a Mexican and American, I am deeply moved and grateful for this precious honor by the Mexican government,” said Siegel Vann. “The Ohtli Award strengthens my commitment, on behalf of AJC, to continue working with the Mexican American, American Jewish, and other communities, as we strive to connect and build enduring ties in the U.S., Israel, and Mexico and other Latin American nations.” Please click here to read more. 

Top U.S. University Presidents and Chancellors Visit Israel and Explore Areas for Academic Collaboration 

University of California President Janet Napolitano chaired a recent delegation of presidents and chancellors from top U.S. universities and colleges to Israel with AJC's Project Interchange (PI). The participants learned about Israeli innovation and opportunities for bilateral academic partnerships and met one-on-one with their counterparts from Israeli universities, including the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University, and IDC Herzliya. “This seminar was a rare opportunity to explore academic collaboration on a global level,” said Napolitano. “The meetings among worldwide educational leaders furthered the exchange of cross-cultural ideas on innovation and learning and have established a foundation for additional collaboration down the road with Israel partners.” Please click here to read more

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15 Ways Being Jewish is Meaningful

David HarrisOn the eve of Rosh Hashanah, AJC CEO David Harris writes: May every Jew everywhere feel, or perhaps come home to, the sense of joy, connection through time and space, shared destiny, collective responsibility, and daily inspiration that I've had the privilege of experiencing throughout my life.

The alt-right spews hatred of Jews. The alt-left: hatred of Israel

Seffi KogenThe alt-left, in short, hates Israel,and apparently nothing can disabuse it of the conviction that (Jewish) Israelisare morally repugnant war criminals who must be brought to heel.

Religion and State in Israel: What Do American Jews Think?

Lawrence GrossmanEnding the Orthodox legal monopoly has strong support among American Jews, with 74% favoring the extension of the right to perform weddings, divorces and conversions to non-Orthodox rabbis.

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