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  • Social justice through workshops

    Hundreds of rabbis and community leaders are gathering this week in Portland, Ore., with counterparts from other faiths for skill-building workshops related to the social-justice priorities of their congregations.

  • New N.Y. governor axes junkets

    Jewish leaders were scrambling this week to figure out how they would be affected by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s executive order banning junkets for executive branch officials sponsored by outside groups.

  • Spitzer takes N.Y. governorship

    Eliot Spitzer was elected New York’s governor, the state’s first Democratic executive in 12 years and the first Jew to hold the office since Herbert Lehman 64 years ago.

  • Rebbe’s sons feud over Satmar legacy

    As the world’s largest Chasidic sect mourns the death this week of the Satmar Grand Rebbe Moses Teitelbaum, the bitter, litigious — and sometimes violent — feud between two of his sons shows no sign of cooling.

  • Orthodox Union tackles drug abuse

    Rabbis, lay leaders, and other professionals convened at an Orthodox Union meeting to develop an action plan to combat substance abuse, drunk driving, promiscuity, eating disorders, and other ills.

  • Columbia U. probes Mideast Studies

    A committee at Columbia University has spent several months probing allegations of bias and intimidation by faculty, particularly in Middle East studies.

  • Israel flap on New York City Council

    As if the matter of sending U.S. troops to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime wasn’t controversial enough, a freshman New York City councilman from Harlem caused a furor when he told a radio interviewer that support for a city council resolution c

  • Bloomberg mixes liberal, conservative views

    () NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (JTA) — During New York´s mayoral campaign, Michael Bloomberg caused a minor ruckus when he seemed to advocate school prayer. In an off-the-cuff remark, he said that reciting the Lord´s prayer in public school hadn´t been a bad experience for him as a Jewish child. But Bloomberg, who won the…