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  • 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…

  • Senators slate bipartisan, interfaith healing service

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — As Congress looks to return to a sense of normalcy following the impeachment episode, two U.S. senators are calling on their colleagues to join together in a bipartisan healing process. Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) slated a reconciliation gathering on Capitol Hill on Thursday in hopes of…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Jewish environmentalists find ‘enormous source of inspiration

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (JTA) — They come from every corner of the country and from across denominational and generational lines. Some are affiliated with the Jewish community, some are religious, others are not. But what they all have in common is an abiding respect for God”s creations and an unrelenting commitment to environmental stewardship. In…

  • Holocaust museum taps insider to direct its ‘next stage of growth

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (JTA) — After nearly a year without permanent leadership, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has tapped an insider to be the museum’s new executive director. Sara Bloomfield, a 13-year veteran of the institution and the museum’s acting director since last April, was the unanimous choice of a search committee formed in October…

  • Avowed anti- Semite elicits Jewish support in legal battle

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (JTA) — An avowed white supremacist has found some unlikely Jewish supporters as he wages a battle to gain a license to practice law. An Illinois state panel that evaluates the “character and fitness” of prospective attorneys has denied a license to Matthew Hale, the leader of the World Church of the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Clinton acquittal brings relief to activists ready for some action

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (JTA) — President Clinton’s acquittal has brought a palpable sense of relief to scandal-weary Jewish activists, who, like many across the country, have been waiting for the impeachment cloud to lift. The relief comes at least in part from the fact that the president, who has been considered highly responsive to the…

  • Thousands could collect from Avis as suit attains class-action status

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (JTA) — A lawsuit accusing Avis Rent-a-Car of denying Jews the benefits of corporate accounts could allow thousands of prospective customers to collect damages. A federal judge last week granted class-action status to the lawsuit, filed by a Fort Lauderdale man and a Chicago bookstore owner, who claim the nation’s second-largest rental…

  • Specter becomes only Jewish senator to break party rank on impeachment vote

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (JTA) — There was little doubt about what verdict the 10 Jewish Democratic senators would render on impeachment — all voted not guilty on both the perjury and obstruction of justices charges. But Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the Senate’s only Jewish Republican, surprised some observers when he broke ranks with his party…

  • U.S. moves to create panel to examine assets

    WASHINGTON, April 1 (JTA) — Jewish groups welcomed a move this week by U.S. lawmakers to create a presidential commission to examine Holocaust victims’ assets in the United States. The proposed commission would be charged with examining the fate of dormant bank accounts, artworks, insurance policies, looted gold, and a range of other assets that…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Shedding light, not heat, on questions about Jewish genes

    WASHINGTON, April 26 (JTA) — When researchers first discovered certain genetic mutations believed to predispose some Ashkenazi Jewish women to breast cancer, fear and confusion quickly spread through the Jewish world. While the discovery brought the promise of life-saving medical breakthroughs, it also led to a misperception that Jews are more prone to genetic defects…