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  • 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 ▸

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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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

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    The U.S. government will no longer be allowed to contract with companies doing business in Sudan. The House of Representatives unanimously voted Tuesday to divest from the genocidal regime in Darfur, passing a bill that also eases the way for private and state pension funds to cease backing companies that do business there. The Sudan… More ▸

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    An Orthodox feminist group will train counselors to discuss sex with prospective brides and grooms. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is recruiting 10 kallah teachers, women who teach betrothed Orthodox women about Jewish marriage laws, for a course in which they will learn how to talk openly about sex with prospective brides and grooms. “It… More ▸

  • New Women’s Torah Commentary Enriches Understanding of the Text

    This week marks the debut of "The Torah: A Women’s Commentary," which brings together the scholarship and insights of women from all segments of the Jewish community and from around the world. For the past two years, in advance of the commentary’s publication, I have previewed drafts in congregations across the country. Inevitably, when I… More ▸