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  • Three New Intermarriage Reports Urge Understanding, Greater Accessibility

    Three new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews, and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children. One report, the result of a new study, shows an intriguing correlation between rabbinic officiation at an intermarriage and how "Jewish" the… More ▸

  • Can the Synagogue Help Bridge Diaspora-israel Gap?

    Perched high in the forested hills overlooking the Mediterranean, a group of U.S. rabbis and Jewish leaders hunker down to brainstorm a riddle harder to solve than might seem: how to make Israel meaningful to their congregants. A group from a Reform synagogue in St. Louis muses about solutions: hanging signs in their synagogue in… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women opposed a judicial nominee with an anti-abortion record. Richard Honaker, nominated by President Bush to a federal bench position in Wyoming, underwent a tough confirmation hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. “We are deeply troubled by Richard Honaker’s record of hostility to reproductive rights and his assertion… More ▸

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    The Seattle Times refused to run an ad for a National Council of Jewish Women-sponsored production. The Times said it would not print an ad for the Feb. 24 production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” unless the artwork was altered, according to Lauren Simonds, the executive director of the council’s Seattle section. The artwork… More ▸

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    Leona Helmsley’s $4 billion bequeathal topped’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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    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 ▸