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Local Rabbis Sign on to Middle East Peace Effort

By Aaron Glantz, Sep 7, 2010 1:05 AM

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Five Bay Area rabbis are among 60 Jewish clerics nationwide who signed an open letter in support of the newly launched Middle East peace efforts, reports j., Northern California's Jewish weekly.

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Free High Holy Day Services

By Aaron Glantz, Aug 30, 2010 5:00 PM

Bay Area Jews seeking to avoid paying hundreds of dollars for tickets to High Holy Day services next month can choose between the ultra-Orthodox and the hippie alternative, j. the Bay Area's Jewish Weekly reports.

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Bay Area Wealthy Make Charitable Vow

By Aaron Glantz, Aug 18, 2010 4:25 PM

Six local Jewish philanthropists are among 40 billionaires nationwide who have pledged to give half their money to charity, j. the Bay Area's Jewish weekly reports.

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Army Report: AWOLs, Desertions Up 234%

By Aaron Glantz, Aug 12, 2010 2:24 PM

Tucked into this massive Army report on suicide is an interesting fact: Since 2004, the number of soldiers going AWOL, deserting, and "missing movement" -- that is failing to deploy when they're supposed to - has gone up a shocking 234 percent.

The Army includes this fact on page 72 of the 350 page document, in a section on misdemeanor crimes - alongside motor vehicle violations, substance abuse, and other crimes - which collectively have been rising at the rate of more than 5,000 a year for the last five years.

"Good order and discipline are on the decline," the report says.

Alternatively, one could say that after seven years of war in Iraq and nearly a decade in Afghanistan, American soldiers are increasingly unwilling to risk their lives for unpopular wars with an unclear path to victory.

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Orthodox Rabbis Express Support for Gay Jews

By Aaron Glantz, Aug 6, 2010 12:00 PM

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker wasn't the only authority issuing rulings on same-sex relationships this week. J., the Bay Area's Jewish Weekly, reports that more than 160 Orthodox religious leaders have signed their names to a statement asserting support for gay Jews, in what the paper calls
"one of the first overtures to the community by the traditional movement."

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Jewish Nonprofits Suffer Funding Cuts

By Aaron Glantz, Aug 2, 2010 1:00 PM

The recession is taking a toll on Jewish community groups and charities in Northern California, according to a series of reports in J., the Bay Area’s Jewish Weekly. The Bureau of Jewish Education, which runs preschools and religious schools, saw its funding from the Jewish Community Federation cut by $400,000. The ongoing San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, meantime, saw its funding cut by 35 percent.

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More Bay Area Jews Moving to Israel

By Aaron Glantz, Jun 28, 2010 3:06 PM

The attack on an aid ship off the coast of Gaza has been a PR nightmare for Israel. What remains to be seen is if it will make a dent in the number of Bay Area Jews emigrating there. Northern California's Jewish weekly j. reports that the number of Bay Area Jews moving to Israel has been going up.

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Bring Your Own Rabbi to the Beach

By Aaron Glantz, May 31, 2010 2:40 PM

Just when you thought your beach vacation couldn't get any more fun, here comes Rabbi Noa Kushner to turn your day at the beach into a "Jewish outdoor venture."

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On The Right Wing And Bank Bonsues

By Aaron Glantz, Jan 15, 2010 9:39 AM

 Yesterday afternoon, I was driving my son to the doctor to get some shots. As is my custom, I turned the dial to right wing talk radio, Hot Talk 560 KSFO to get a different perspective on the news of the day. Their afternoon host, nationally-syndicated blowhard Marc Levin had a most impressive spin on the record bank bonuses, where he argued that Obama's proposed tax on bank bankers' bonuses is really an attack on "regular working people like you and me."

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NAM Stimulus Investigation Continues to Elicit Personal Responses

By Aaron Glantz, Jan 6, 2010 2:30 PM

Just before leaving for the day, I received a call in the office from Enrique Muhammad, an African American small business owner in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Muhammad said he had just read NAM's investigation, "Minority Businesses Shut Out of Stimulus Loans,"  in the Final Call -- one of more than 30 publications nationwide to reprint the story, which showed how loans handed out to struggling small businesses as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package have largely shut out minority businesses -- especially those owned by Blacks and Latinos.

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NAM Stimulus Investigation Reaches Over One Million Readers

By Aaron Glantz, Jan 4, 2010 3:22 PM

My investigative report showing the by-passing of ethnic businesses in stimulus-funded small business loans has appeared -- or is scheduled to run -- in 29 publications across the country with a combined circulation of over 1.2 million readers.

The report, which was originally published on the website of New America Media, has truly stuck a chord in ethnic communities across America who rightly see the success of small businesses in their neighborhoods as key to a meaningful economic recovery.

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After Fort Hood: Count All the Dead

By Aaron Glantz, Nov 9, 2009 1:52 PM

Editor's note: NAM Editor Aaron Glantz is author of the book The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans.

Perhaps the most depressing aspect of Thursday’s shoot-out at Fort Hood is that none of the 12 people who died in the melee will be counted as casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These soldiers – “brave Americans,” President Obama called them – will join an unknown number of American soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines, who are not among the 5,267 the Defense Department counts as having died in our most recent wars, but who have perished nonetheless.