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  • On Mideast, Mccain Surrogates at Convention Likely to Echo Bush

    John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history. In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it comes to Israel and how to deal with Iran, Republicans… More ▸

  • Presidential Forum Highlights Divergent Views on Supreme Court

    When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked Saturday night which member of the U.S. Supreme Court he would not have nominated, the Republican presidential candidate didn’t just name his least favorite justice. He picked four — the group commonly identified as the more liberal wing of the court, including the two Jewish justices, Ruth Ginsburg… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A Jewish Olympic sailor from New Zealand failed to medal after leading at the halfway point. Jo Aleh, 22, was ahead in the women’s laser radial competition over the weekend, but she finished ninth in the medal race Tuesday in Qingdao and seventh overall. Aleh was born in New Zealand after her Israeli father and… More ▸

  • Jewish Shmoozing but No Galas on Agendas of Political Conventions

    The first day of the upcoming Democratic convention presents a classic Jewish conundrum: Chew over ideas or nosh? A planned get-together at a Denver Jewish deli organized by top Jewish Democrats clashes with a keynote speech by a leading rabbi across town. The conflict encapsulates the political convention experience — like minds socializing beneath the… More ▸

  • Sole Jewish Republican in House Being Vetted by Mccain Campaign

    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor bridges two unlikely constituencies, say those hoping to see the Virginia Republican on John McCain’s presidential ticket: Jews and hard-core, red state conservatives. Pressed, however, these Cantor devotees admit there’s not much between those two constituencies that the Jewish deputy minority whip in the House of Representatives would bring to the… More ▸

  • Joel Marks Five Years at YU with Record Fund-raising Haul

    The spring semester is in full swing, and the president of Yeshiva University, Richard Joel, is walking the two-and-a-half blocks from the school’s main study hall to his office. It should take about four minutes. But with Joel, it takes considerably longer. Students and faculty members stop him as he makes his way south on… More ▸

  • Swimmers Lead U.S. Contingent of Jewish Athletes in Beijing

    For Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Garrett Weber-Gale, the marketing possibilities are endless — perhaps “The Three Chaverim” or “Jews in the Pool.” All three Jewish sprinters are hoping to make a splash as part of the U.S. men’s swimming team heading to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Not only will they be competing… More ▸

  • News Brief

    On the eve of the Olympics, a Jewish women’s group is urging China to rethink its support of Sudan. “China has an extraordinary opportunity to address the human rights issues that have tarnished its image,” the National Council of Jewish Women board of directors said in a statement released last week. The organization singled out… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The WUJS Institute adult study program is moving from its longtime home in Arad to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The institute, a study-internship program that since 2006 has been under the auspices of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization, will open in the new locations on Sept. 1. The 50 students registered for the fall semester… More ▸

  • New Cal President Keeps Kosher, Loves Israel

    The new president of the University of California’s 10 campuses and 220,000 students keeps a kosher home, lectures on Maimonides for intellectual stimulation and is an unabashed Israel supporter. “I am what I am,” Mark Yudof says. “What I’ve found works best for me is transparency, being direct and being honest.” As he takes the… More ▸