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Top American Jewish leader salaries revealed

(JNS.org) Yeshiva University President Richard Joel earned the top salary among American Jewish executives in 2011 at $879,821, followed by Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Rabbi Marvin Hier at $702,857 and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman at $688,280, according to an analysis of 74 Jewish nonprofits conducted by the Forward newspaper.

While Joel’s salary increased by 3.73 percent from 2010 to 2011 and Hier’s dropped 2.61 percent, Foxman’s...

Liberal Jewish groups ready to weigh in on same-sex marriage

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a federal court ruling that struck down a California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage, and one of the federal...

New Congress will be missing longtime Israel supporters

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill. Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Jewish Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Gary Ackerman (D-NY), the ranking member on the committee’s Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee; and Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a...

Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), Edward Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY)  are circulating the letter that says the lawmakers are “deeply disappointed and upset that the Palestinian leadership rebuffed the entreaties of your Administration and the Congress” by...

Ross, Abrams and Jeffrey project strike against Iran by 2014

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three former high-ranking U.S. foreign policy advisers agree that if Iran does not halt its suspected nuclear weapons program by the end of 2013, the United States or Israel will act militarily. Dennis Ross, until a year ago President Obama’s top Iran policy adviser, and Elliott Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, spoke at an event in their honor held Dec. 6...

Nechemya Weberman convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse

NEW YORK (JTA) — Nechemya Weberman, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn who practiced therapy without a license, was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse. Weberman, 54, was convicted Monday by a New York State Supreme Court jury for encounters he had with a female patient when she was between the ages of 12 and 15. He was charged initially on 88 counts, but the number...

Four Jewish Dems retain or achieve top committee slots

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) preserved his top slot on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, as did Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the Energy Committee, after the caucus’ standing committee announced its selections on Tuesday.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) ascended to the top slot on the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)...

Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not included in a defense bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate. The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one that would cut funding to the Palestinians should they use their upgraded U.N. status to seek charges against Israel in...

Emanuel blasts Netanyahu for ‘betraying’ Obama

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over the weekend at the Saban Forum, an off-the-record Washington event.

Emanuel’s comments were made public by another participant, former Israeli...

Obama administration pledges more funding for Iron Dome

ARLINGTON, VA. (JTA) — The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war. “This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously appropriated to meet Israel’s needs for that fiscal year,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at a Pentagon news conference Nov. 29...