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  • Court declines church-state cases

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (JTA) — A key church-state issue remains unresolved after the Supreme Court refused to hear a case on moments of silence in public schools. The court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a Virginia law mandating a moment of silence in public schools. Jewish activists who follow the issue cautioned…

  • Jewish officer angry at losing security clearance

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (JTA) — A Jewish reserve officer says the U.S. Army stripped him of his security clearance and forced him to give up command of an intelligence unit because of his ties to Israel. Maj. Shawn Pine, commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Company of Austin, Texas, holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and received…

  • Focus on charitable choice as Congress resumes

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (JTA) — A year after Sen. Joseph Lieberman made news by being the first Jew to be nominated to a major party’s presidential ticket, attention again is focused on the Democratic senator from Connecticut — but for a different reason. Lieberman is expected to lead the legislative effort in the Senate for…

  • Faith-based bill may be split in two

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (JTA) — President Bush’s faith-based initiative may be split into two bills, postponing the contentious issue of direct government funding for religious groups. Such a move would be welcomed by Jewish groups because it would postpone the more controversial aspects, which have divided the Jewish community. Along with virtually everything else on…

  • Argentine Jewish center gets jobs grant

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (JTA) — A grant to Argentina’s main Jewish community center is aimed at helping the country recover from a devastating economic collapse. The $1.73 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to the AMIA center, made Oct. 11 in Washington, will strengthen and expand AMIA’s job placement services in a country suffering…

  • First lady leads war on hatred

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (JTA) — In the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks against the United States, the fight against hate is taking on added urgency. First lady Laura Bush publicly joined that campaign this week, when she, along with the Anti-Defamation League and the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, launched the second annual “Close…

  • Backing for anti-terror legislation

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (JTA) — A week after terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the American Civil Liberties Union cautioned that in pursuing terrorists, America should not sacrifice civil liberties in the name of national security. Jewish groups were noticeably absent from the list of more than 100 organizations that signed on….

  • Hamas, Hezbollah named terror groups

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (JTA) — The U.S. State Department’s biannual list of foreign terrorist organizations once again includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups that perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel. But the significance of the list, issued last Friday, is unclear in light of the new U.S. war against terrorism. The inclusion of Hamas and Hezbollah…

  • Backing for anti-terror legislation

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (JTA) — A week after terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the American Civil Liberties Union cautioned that in pursuing terrorists, America should not sacrifice civil liberties in the name of national security. Jewish groups were noticeably absent from the list of more than 100 organizations that signed on….

  • Hamas, Hezbollah named terror groups

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (JTA) — The U.S. State Department’s biannual list of foreign terrorist organizations once again includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups that perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel. But the significance of the list, issued last Friday, is unclear in light of the new U.S. war against terrorism. The inclusion of Hamas and Hezbollah…