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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Carville and company credit Barak, not themselves, for win

    WASHINGTON, May 20 (JTA) — So confident was James Carville of Ehud Barak’s victory in Israel’s elections that the American political consultant flew home to his Virginia farm three days before Israelis cast their ballots. The only thing that surprised Carville and his partners, Stanley Greenberg and Robert Shrum — who have been credited with…

  • U.S. tries again to strip alleged Nazi camp guard of his citizenship

    WASHINGTON, May 19 (JTA) — The Justice Department has launched a second attempt to strip alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of his U.S. citizenship. The department’s Nazi-hunting unit, the Office of Special Investigations, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Wednesday alleging that the 79-year-old retired Cleveland autoworker was a…

  • Federal law on hate crimes gains momentum, but still faces hurdles

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — Recent public outrage over well-publicized hate crimes has prompted lawmakers to push for a tougher federal hate crimes statute. But it remains unclear whether a lobbying effort by Jewish and civil rights activists will be enough to overcome opposition in Congress. The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups have been…

  • U.S., Germany press to meet deadline for slave laborers fund

    WASHINGTON, May 16 (JTA) — Negotiations aimed at compensating tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors used as slave and forced laborers during World War II will have to move rapidly in order to meet a Sept. 1 deadline, Jewish representatives said at the conclusion of U.S.-led talks aimed at resolving the issue. In what was…

  • N.Y. court again rejects law that set up Chasidic schools

    WASHINGTON, May 11 (JTA) — New York state’s highest court has dealt another in a string of defeats to efforts to set up a special school district for a Chasidic community 50 miles north of New York City. The New York Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that a 1997 state law that created a…

  • Tolerance seminar hits home in wake of Littleton massacre

    WASHINGTON, May 9 (JTA) — When the Anti-Defamation League brought more than 100 high school students from around the country last week to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and engage in discussions about countering bigotry and intolerance, the timing was fortuitous. With last month’s killings of 12 high school students and a teacher in…

  • Clinton joins tribute honoring 25 years of political activism

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (JTA) — The guest list said it all: Members of Congress, religious leaders from nearly every denomination, leaders of the black community, lobbyists, journalists, folk singers — and the president of the United States. It was, by all accounts, a crowd only Rabbi David Saperstein could have drawn. More than 700 people,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Jewish political conservatism: An old tradition or growing trend?

    WASHINGTON, April 22 (JTA) — When Murray Friedman tells people he’s writing a book about the history of American Jewish conservatism, it usually elicits a predictable gibe: must be a short book. That the Jewish community has long been among the most liberal segments of American society remains an incontrovertible fact. But it has not…

  • REMEMBERING THE SHOAH The Holocaust’s ‘third generation’: Grandchildren focus in

    WASHINGTON, April 6 (JTA) — Walking through the quietude at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Jodi Rosensaft felt a chilling familiarity tugging at her. She had never been there before, but recognized the place all too well from her grandmother’s descriptions. Seeing the women’s camp, the crematoria and the infirmary in which her grandmother worked, the stories she had…

  • REMEMBERING THE SHOAH The Holocaust’s ‘third generation’: Grandchildren focus in

    WASHINGTON, April 6 (JTA) — Walking through the quietude at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Jodi Rosensaft felt a chilling familiarity tugging at her. She had never been there before, but recognized the place all too well from her grandmother’s descriptions. Seeing the women’s camp, the crematoria and the infirmary in which her grandmother worked, the stories she had…