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  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • U.S. Reform Rabbis Discover Reform Judaism in E. Europe

    The rabbi’s wife was suspicious. Bruce Raff of Temple Judea in West Hills, Calif., claimed he was off to visit the Reform Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, but his wife wasn’t buying it. “Where are you going to find these people?” she asked. “I mean, we never saw them.” During a trip to Prague… More ▸

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    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill banning workplace discrimination against gays. An array of Jewish groups backed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed late Wednesday by a vote of 235-184. They included the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Reform movement and the Jewish Council for… More ▸

  • Two New Orthodox Girls Schools Push Egalitarianism in Jerusalem

    Two new cutting-edge schools that opened in Jerusalem this fall are pushing the envelope on modern Orthodox education in the Jewish capital – and challenging rival schools to follow suit. The Shalom Hartman Institute, a popular pluralistic Orthodox educational institution that already has a junior high and high school for boys, opened a girls school… More ▸

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    The business owner who spent more than $8 million on his daughter’s bat mitzvah was arrested. David Brooks, 53, of Old Westbury, N.Y., the former chief executive of DHB Industries, was arrested Oct. 25 on charges that he bilked his company of millions. His publicly traded firm sold body armor to the U.S. military. Brooks… More ▸

  • Schip Bill is Vital for Health Care, So Congress Must Override Veto

    After months of debate, negotiation and compromise, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress sent to President Bush a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That SCHIP measure would have provided much-needed health insurance to 10 million children who otherwise would be uninsured. Regrettably, however, the president chose to compromise… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Several Jewish groups are working to override the veto of a child health-care measure. Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religiious Action Center of Reform Judaism. on Monday added his voice to the Jewish outcry over President Bush’s veto of a bill that would provide $35 billion over the next five years to fund state… More ▸

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    Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Szold, an educator and social pioneer, was one of nine inductees to the hall in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in ceremonies held Oct. 6-7. The hall now has inducted 217 women since its founding in 1969. Another Jewish inductee was Dr. Eleanor Baum,… More ▸

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    The wife of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman said at least one of their children plans to immigrate to Israel. Hadassah Lieberman, who made a brief visit to Israel this week for the inauguration of a Jewish study center for women, described her family’s devotion to Zionism in an interview with Ha’aretz on Tuesday. Asked if… More ▸

  • With Church-state off Court Docket, Groups Jump in on Detainees’ Rights

    With hot-button domestic issues not expected to play a major role in the new U.S. Supreme Court session, Jewish groups are entering the fray over the right of judicial review for foreign detainees. Several Jewish organizations have filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah. v. United States, the Supreme Court’s… More ▸