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  • Anti-tolerance ad sparks debate

    WASHINGTON, July 3 (JTA) — A primarily Jewish group is calling for an end to modern “tolerance,” saying it has led to increased pornography, hostility to faith and families and an assault on the dignity of human life. In an ad placed on The New York Times Op-Ed page last Friday, the conservative interfaith group…

  • Senate panel passes hate crimes bill

    WASHINGTON, July 26 (JTA) — The prospects for passing national hate crimes legislation just got a little brighter. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a hate crimes bill Thursday by a vote of 12-7. It is likely that the full Senate will pass the bill sometime this fall. Last year, senators voted 57-42 to enact identical…

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    WASHINGTON, July 25 (JTA) — Agreeing to disagree is a way of political life in Washington. But in light of recent incidents where Jewish organizations withdrew from coalitions because of the participation of extreme Muslim groups, some Jewish groups are increasingly concerned about the future of Jewish- Muslim and Jewish-Arab relations. The American Jewish Congress,…

  • House passes charitable choice bill

    WASHINGTON, July 19 (JTA) — A charitable choice bill passed by the House of Representatives breaks down the separation between church and state and allows for religious-based hiring discrimination, many Jewish groups warn. The bill, passed Thursday by a vote of 233-198, would let religious groups get direct federal funding for a range of social…

  • New U.S. rules could hurt immigrants

    WASHINGTON, June 4 (JTA) — Some foreigners soon will be able to pay for quicker processing of temporary work visas in the United States, potentially increasing the backlog of visa applications for Jewish immigrants, among others already in the United States. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service plans to allow special types of workers —…

  • Disappointment over new tax bill

    WASHINGTON, June 5 (JTA) — Jewish charitable organizations are not going to get the help they were hoping for in the new tax bill, as the final version leaves out a proposal that might have boosted giving by billions of dollars. The bill, which was scheduled to be signed by President Bush on Wednesday, grabbed…

  • Jews want higher-profile person on Holocaust restitution

    WASHINGTON, July 19 (JTA) — Some Jewish leaders want the Bush administration to appoint a higher- profile representative to address Holocaust restitution issues, particularly outstanding claims against Holocaust-era insurers. “That’s the way the administration will signal” their involvement, said Israel Singer, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress and vice president of the Claims Conference. “That’s…

  • Jewish groups weigh in on stem cell debate

    WASHINGTON, July 18 (JTA) — “When does life begin?” is not your standard political question, but it’s forcing the debate behind one of the hottest topics in Washington — stem cell research. As President Bush ponders whether to allow federal funding for research using stem cells from discarded human embryos, Jewish ethicists and groups are…

  • Coexistence author ends up in hiding

    WASHINGTON, July 11 (JTA) — The book designed to explain the Muslim faith to Jews was published in May, the death threat came in June, and the author is now huddled out of sight in a safe house. Jewish and Muslim groups, meanwhile, are left to ponder what can happen next to make the situation…

  • A year of loosening the knot with the Boy Scouts

    It’s been a year since the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America could exclude a gay scoutmaster because of his sexual orientation. For many Jewish groups that work with the Boy Scouts, the ensuing year has been marked by soul-searching.