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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Clinton promises Jewish leaders he’ll speak out against anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (JTA) — President Clinton is promising American Jewish leaders that he’ll use his bully pulpit to denounce anti-Semitism, but said he doubts Congress will follow his lead on gun control. With the specter of the shooting spree at a Los Angeles-area Jewish community center hanging overhead, Clinton and roughly 30 Jewish leaders…

  • Jewish groups renew their call for gun control after L.A. shooting

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (JTA) — This week’s shooting rampage at a Jewish community center in California has prompted renewed calls for stricter gun control laws. Although few believe sweeping changes can be enacted, even in the wake of the string of assaults across the country, some U.S. lawmakers and gun control advocates say it is…

  • Families want retailers not to sell Olympic massacre planner’s book

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (JTA) — Families of terrorist victims are pressuring American booksellers not to sell a controversial volume written by the mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. The issue has touched off debate between the retailers, who cite their First Amendment right to publish the book, and the families, who believe an accused…