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    The National Council of Jewish Women became the second major U.S. Jewish group to call for a withdrawal timetable from Iraq. “The financial cost of the war — estimated to be as high as $470 billion — has resulted in a mounting debt that takes its toll on critical human needs programs at home,” NCJW’s… More ▸

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    Israel’s ambassador to the United States said the Iranian threat is among the worst Israel has ever faced. In an address Friday to the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Sallai Meridor said that Israel has not faced such a danger since the Six-Day War in 1967. He said Iran can still… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    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 ▸

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    Berlin’s strife-torn Jewish community is likely to gain a new president, according to early voting estimates. Frida Suesskind and her Jewish communal political group Atid won a majority of the 9,694 votes cast by members of the Berlin Jewish community on Sunday. This means Atid, with 13 seats on the board, will get to choose… More ▸

  • 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 ▸