Jewish women

  • News Brief

    Leona Helmsley’s $4 billion bequeathal topped Slate.com’s annual ranking of the country’s largest charitable gifts. The Slate 60, which ranked gifts made or pledged in 2007, was released Monday on the Web site. Helmsley, the real estate mogul known as “The Queen of Mean,” left the money to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley… More ▸

  • Obama Vs. Clinton Offers Dems Great Choice on Super Tues.

    “He doesn’t look like your typical presidential candidate and he is too inexperienced, with only a few years in Congress from Illinois and no track record in foreign affairs.” Despite these “shortcomings,” an overly tall, lanky, intellectual lawyer from Illinois who had served only two years in the U.S. House of Representatives was elected president… More ▸

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    Jewish organizations marked 35 years since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The National Council of Jewish Women called on supporters to campaign against rollbacks of the decision in the intervening years. “We must prevent the appointment of any more judges to the federal bench who are selected for their… More ▸

  • Behind the Letter on Obama: Why the Jews Entered the Fray

    Efforts to turn American Jews against the presidential aspirations of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have elicited a stinging protest from a diverse group of Jewish organizations. Nine Jewish organizational leaders signed on to a letter last week that addressed rumors about Obama’s upbringing and faith. Several said they were moved to act primarily by… More ▸

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    The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to strike down an Indiana voter identification law that has drawn criticism from some Jewish groups. In a hearing Wednesday, the justices appeared divided over a 2005 measure requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. The four more liberal members of the court appeared far more critical… More ▸

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    A National Council of Jewish Women leader was cited as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” Sammie Moshenberg, the NCJW’s director of Washington operations, was selected by Women’s eNews, a nonpartisan Web site devoted to women’s issues, for her social justice activism on Capitol Hill. Moshenberg and the other leaders will be… More ▸

  • News Brief

    States and municipalities now have federal backing if they want to divest from Sudan. President Bush on Monday signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which authorizes the divestment of state and local pension funds from companies that do business with Sudan. The measure, which was approved last month by the U.S. Congress,… More ▸

  • Authors Aim to Defang Jap, Shiksa Labels

    “So are you a JAP?” I’m sitting at Abigail’s in midtown Manhattan and next to us, an older couple visiting from Ireland is delighted they have unwittingly happened upon a kosher restaurant and some real, live Jewish women. “Excuse me?” I say, almost choking on my gazpacho. “Are you a JAP? I’ve always wanted to… More ▸

  • Black Rabbi in Chicago Seeks to Bridge Racial Jewish Divide

    Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, wants you to know that he likes gefilte fish — a lot. “I love it,” he told JTA in a recent interview. “I love lox. I love borscht. Some of my congregants don’t even know what borscht is.” Funnye’s congregants… More ▸

  • Women Refused Get by Husband Wins Ruling in Canada’s High Court

    In a landmark decision that could provide relief to agunot, Jewish women whose husbands deny them a Jewish divorce, Canada’s highest court sided with a woman whose husband had refused for 15 years to grant her a get, a religious writ of divorce. Making a rare foray into religious matters, the Supreme Court of Canada… More ▸