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  • 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 ▸

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    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 ▸

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    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 ▸

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    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 ▸

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    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 ▸

  • JTA Earns Four Awards from Jewish Press Group

    JTA garnered three first-place awards from the American Jewish Press Association at its annual meeting this week in Washington, including in the investigative reporting category for the fifth straight year. JTA, which won a total of four 2007 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, also took top honors in the photography category and… More ▸

  • Israelis Are Learning to Give with Help from Philanthropy Experts

    It’s standing room only at a workshop for Israelis on how to set up a family foundation. Well-heeled participants listen attentively as an American consultant to foundations such as the family foundations of Bill Gates and the descendants of Levi Strauss offer tips. “What difference do you want to make in the community?” asks Virginia… More ▸

  • Finding Judaism in the Great Outdoors: Two New Guidebooks Show How

    There were about two dozen people on Rabbi Mike Comins’ Torah Trek in Tilden Park here. Most members and friends of Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish Renewal-style community, had hiked a lot. Many had prayed or meditated. Some had done both together. But none, the hikers were to learn, had done it quite this Jewishly. Comins,… More ▸