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  • 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 ▸

  • Supreme Court Rulings Strike Jewish Groups As Mixed Bag

    Perhaps the most noteworthy development for Jewish groups that watch the Supreme Court was not what it decided this session, but what it decided not to decide. In its 2007-08 session, which ended last week, the majority conservative court turned away a number of church-state cases where its decisions might have had a long-lasting impact… 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    The UJA-Federation of New York will spend $1.5 million over three years on programs for young Israeli children and parents at risk. The program is part of an initiative being launched this week to improve literacy and school readiness in Israel for children from birth to 3 years old. It is geared to needy populations… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning a gun-control law is being criticized by several Jewish groups. In a 5-4 decision announced Thursday, the court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on owning handguns for self-defense, which was the strictest gun-control law in the country. Several organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee,… More ▸