Study: 80% of American Jews are pro-Israel, 67% feel ‘attachment’ to Israel

Ruderman Family Foundation survey shows 80% of American Jews are pro-Israel, but see politics, institutional conduct, as cause for concern. The vast majority of American Jews are sympathetic to Israel, and most of them feel an emotional connection to the Jewish state, a new study from the Ruderman Family Foundation showed. Moreover, more than 70% of Jews in the United States feel that their personal relationship with Israel is equal, or stronger, than it was five years ago. Eight out of ten Jews identified themselves as “pro-Israel,” and 67 percent said they were “attached” or “very attached” to Israel on an emotional level. While there is great support for the State of Israel, the Jewish community in the United States is also critical of the Israeli government’s policies in various areas, particularly religious and state issues, as well as attitudes toward the Palestinian Authority Arabs. “It appears doomsday talks about an irreversible chasm between Israel and the American Jewish community were mistaken,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “An overwhelming 80% of American Jews feel an atta...

Considering An Electric Skateboard? We Tried Acton’s Blinks in NYC

It’s about 11:00 PM at night. I’m tired. I have had several drinks. I get out at the subway stop that’s a 15 minute walk from my house. I set a skateboard on the ground, turn it on and just let it glide me back to my place on the power of motors built into its wheels. With lights glowing out in all directions underneath it, it’s easy for the guys walking around Bed-Stuy to see that I’m not riding your little brother’s skateboard. Some dude yells, “Hey, skateboard!” I ignore him. I’m focused on not falling. It’s not going very fast, but I haven’t stood on many of these things.  There’s a corner I need to turn soon. I’m only moderately sure I know how to take it. The theory behind electric skateboards is more about getting to work or meeting friends on your schedule without working up a big sweat than it is about escorting a semi-drunk writer home, but that’s not how I chose to take my first solo ride. This was a true real life test, from my real life. Getting around cities can be a bummer. That’s why it’s great to have lots more ways to do it. Some trips take a subway. Some take an electric skateboard. I’ve previoulsy checked out the Blink boards and the Boosted Board, but this r...