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  • Study raises questions about school vouchers

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — A study of one of the nation’s few school voucher programs has found that students who receive tuition subsidies to attend private schools are not doing any better than students in public schools. The findings drew a predictably mixed reaction in the Jewish community, which remains divided over school vouchers…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Religious persecution bill gains momentum in Congress

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Legislation aimed at fighting religious persecution abroad has a fighting chance in Congress now that religious leaders, lawmakers and human rights activists have worked out some of the wrinkles. From the beginning, proponents of the cause have sought input from Jewish leaders, seeking to model their campaign after the Jewish…

  • Clinton turns to Jewish group for support for child care plan

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Twenty-five years after the National Council on Jewish Women issued a landmark study exposing the child-care crisis in America, President Clinton turned to the group this week in his effort to build support for his child care initiative and broader educational goals. In his first personal appearance before a Jewish…

  • AIPAC claims a victory in Supreme Court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 2 (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee claimed victory this week in a 9-year-old legal standoff with several staunch critics of U.S. policy toward Israel. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling issued Monday, made it highly unlikely that the pro-Israel lobby will have to disclose information about its membership…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Controversy second nature to U.S. Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — The leadership of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has spent much of the past year trying to put out fires. First it was the on-again, off-again invitation to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to visit the museum that brought on a wave of criticism and embarrassment. Then it was the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Restitution efforts focus on liberating art prisoners

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (JTA) — They have been called “the last prisoners of war” — the Renoir portraits, Monet landscapes, Cezanne still lifes and tens of thousands of other artworks that remain scattered around the world. Seized from thousands of public and private collections as the Nazis swept across Europe nearly six decades ago, the…

  • Rabbis join opposition to ‘partial-birth’ abortion

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) — In a departure from the prevailing Jewish stance on what is known as partial-birth abortion, a group of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox rabbis have joined the movement to eliminate the controversial procedure. While Catholics and Christian fundamentalists have traditionally led the battle against abortion in all forms, some 70 rabbis…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Report on Swiss-Nazi gold trade fuels demands for compensation

    WASHINGTON, May 26 (JTA) — A long-awaited report examining Switzerland’s hand in the Nazi gold trade is fueling Jewish demands for more Swiss compensation and accountability. The report, commissioned by the Swiss government and issued by an independent panel of historians, concludes that during the war, Swiss National Bank officials knew they were buying looted…

  • 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…

  • U.S. Congress considers action on plundered artwork

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (JTA) — As the search for assets of Holocaust victims is broadening to include pillaged artworks and confiscated insurance policies, the U.S. Congress is taking a stand. The House Banking Committee was scheduled to hold hearings on Thursday to address the legal status of art objects seized by the Nazis and the…