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  • HIGH HOLIDAY FEATURE In 5759, Monica played martyr while Goldberg stormed the Hill

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (JTA) — From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead. As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following his…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Creationism and the Bible 101: Schools reopen amid religion debate

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (JTA) — In Kansas, the state school board decides to remove evolution from its science curriculum. In Cleveland, a federal judge throws parents and students into a state of turmoil when he blocks a state-funded school voucher program that lets students attend private or parochial schools at taxpayer expense — and then…

  • ACLU lawsuit claims schools favor Judaism by closing on High Holidays

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (JTA) — Jewish groups are criticizing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that seeks to block a suburban Cincinnati school district from canceling classes on the High Holidays. The ACLU said the Sycamore Community School District’s decision to close on Yom Kippur violates the constitutional prohibition against establishing one…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Ousted Holocaust museum leader says he feels vindicated by report

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (JTA) — The former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is speaking out in the wake of a highly critical report that concluded the museum has been hindered by problems in governance and management. Walter Reich, who has remained largely silent in the year and a half since he resigned as…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Holocaust museum works on reforms after report criticizes its management

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (JTA) — Officials at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are promising reforms following a caustic independent report that identified key problems in governance and management. The report, ordered by Congress and conducted by an outside panel of administrative experts, concluded that the six-year-old institution has been stifled by “excessive involvement” of the…

  • Jewish student wins right to display his Star of David

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (JTA) — A Jewish high school student has won a standoff with Mississippi school officials over his right to display a Star of David symbol in class. The Harrison County School Board voted unanimously Monday to exempt religious symbols from its policy that prohibits students from wearing anything that could be construed…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Holocaust museum works on reforms after report criticizes its management

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (JTA) — Officials at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are promising reforms following a caustic independent report that identified key problems in governance and management. The report, ordered by Congress and conducted by an outside panel of administrative experts, concluded that the six-year-old institution has been stifled by “excessive involvement” of the…

  • Jewish student will sue school for banning Star of David display

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (JTA) — A Jewish high school student and his family plan to sue a Mississippi school board that barred him from wearing a Star of David necklace. Ryan Green, a student at Harrison Central High School in southern Mississippi, wore the pendant to class last week, but school officials told him it…

  • Mississippi bars Jewish student from wearing Star of David pendant

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (JTA) — A Mississippi school board has barred a Jewish student from wearing a Star of David symbol in class. Ryan Green, a student at Harrison Central High School in southern Mississippi, wore the pendant to class last week, but school officials told him it was a gang symbol and made him…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES In era of the ‘lone wolf’ extremist, anti-Semitic terror hard to

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Last week”s shooting rampage at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles struck an all-too-familiar chord of fear in the Jewish psyche. The fear comes not only because this was the latest in a string of recent violent anti-Semitic attacks across the country, but because it was carried out at…