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  • 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…

  • U.S. finance officers postpone decision on German sanctions

    WASHINGTON, April 15 (JTA) — U.S. public finance officials have decided to postpone any decision on sanctions against German banks and industries while negotiations continue to settle Holocaust-era claims. New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who heads a committee representing 900 state and local finance officials, had previously said that Deutsche Bank’s planned $10.1 billion…

  • 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…

  • This time the world acted’: Wiesel hails action in Kosovo

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — With the plight of Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians fixed firmly in mind, Holocaust survivors, Jewish leaders and elected officials in Washington this week marked the last Holocaust Remembrance Day of the 20th century. At a memorial ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and at a lecture by the Nobel laureate Elie…

  • 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…