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  • HOLIDAY FEATURES Crossing the Red Sea online: Cyber seders reach the Internet

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — Much has been said of the Internet’s ability to build community and bring people together from disparate parts of the globe. For Jews finding themselves isolated this Passover — confined or otherwise disconnected — the Internet offers a valuable means of allowing people to express their commitment to Jewish tradition…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Lessons of Holocaust demand action in Kosovo, many Jews say

    WASHINGTON, March 28 (JTA) — When President Clinton seized on the lessons of two world wars and the Holocaust as he made the case for U.S. military intervention in Kosovo, he was laying out an argument that many American Jews and Holocaust survivors would have been happy to have made for him. Explaining the rationale…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Search for Holocaust-era assets yields breakthroughs around globe

    WASHINGTON, March 24 (JTA) — The ongoing search for missing Holocaust-era assets has yielded key breakthroughs in recent months that could bring billions of dollars in additional compensation to Holocaust survivors around the globe. While the $1.25 billion settlement reached last year with Swiss banks stands as the signal achievement on the long, tortuous path…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Cornered by Ken Starr, Monica found solace from Jewish heroines

    WASHINGTON, March 18 (JTA) — Surrounded by Ken Starr’s minions, her world collapsing all around her, Monica Lewinsky’s thoughts turned to Hannah Senesh, a Jewish poet and war heroine who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Allied prisoners and organize Jewish resistance. The Jewish presidential paramour was sustained by thoughts of the Hungarian Jewish fighter…

  • PROFILES Jewish novices on Capitol Hill carry forth old political tradition

    WASHINGTON, March 17 (JTA) — As newcomers to Congress, their names may not be known to most casual observers of the political scene. But Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) — the three least senior members of the 23-strong Jewish delegation serving in the House of Representatives — are among…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Few objections greet U.S. plan to peddle arms to the Middle East

    WASHINGTON, March 16 (JTA) — The United States has once again opened up an arms bazaar in the Middle East. And while Israel and most Jewish groups have not raised objections to the proposal, some Middle East analysts worry that the proposed arms sales threaten to erode the “qualitative edge” the Israeli military enjoys over…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURES Crossing the Red Sea online: Cyber seders reach the Internet

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — Much has been said of the Internet’s ability to build community and bring people together from disparate parts of the globe. For Jews finding themselves isolated this Passover — confined or otherwise disconnected — the Internet offers a valuable means of allowing people to express their commitment to Jewish tradition…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Justice Blackmun is remembered for his defense of religious liberties

    WASHINGTON, March 4 (JTA) — Harry Blackmun may best be remembered for authoring the historic 1973 decision legalizing abortion, but his defense of religious liberties stands as no less important in the minds of many Jews. The retired Supreme Court justice, who died Thursday at the age of 90 following complications from hip replacement surgery,…

  • Jewish senator leads session aimed at healing bipartisan rift

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (JTA) — A handful of senators gathered in the spirit of post-impeachment reconciliation last week at an interfaith ceremony on Capitol Hill. Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), the Senate’s only Orthodox Jew, and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a Methodist, organized the event in hopes of starting a bipartisan healing process to move lawmakers beyond…

  • Congress urged to press Russia to curb anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Alarmed by the re-emergence of anti-Semitism in Russia, Jewish officials are calling on Congress to bring the issue to the forefront of bilateral relations with Moscow. At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations European Affairs subcommittee Wednesday, the officials said that Congress can play a key role in addressing…