Organizations

  • World Ort and Ort Israel Square off over Rights to Name

    Seven months after ORT Israel officially split from its parent organization World ORT, discourse between the two groups has taken the tone of a divorce as the sides are embroiled in a territorial dispute and custody battle over the ORT name. The groups are involved in three separate legal proceedings over which can use the… More ▸

  • News Brief

    June Walker, national president of Hadassah, was tapped to chair the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The conference’s Nominating Committee named Walker to succeed Harold Tanner, beginning June 1. Tanner said he was “delighted” with the committee’s choice. Walker “has been a longtime leader and is highly conversant in the issues facing… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Hadassah urged President Bush not to veto a U.S. Senate bill that would fund embryonic stem cell research. Wednesday’s 63-34 vote fell just shy of the two-thirds majority that would override a veto. Bush said within hours of its passage that he would reject the bill if it passes the full Congress. “We congratulate the… More ▸

  • For Women’s Group, Change in Congress Means Open Doors

    Michael Lieberman was talking hate crimes, and his applause line was, “I know you know that there’s a new sheriff in town.” Lieberman, the Washington counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, was delivering a pre-lobbying briefing to the National Council of Jewish Women’s triennial Washington Institute conference, and he didn’t have to name the sheriff. The… More ▸

  • Rohr Literary Prize Symbolizes New Stature of Jewish Culture

    It’s been a very good year for Tamar Yellin. Last fall, the British writer and teacher won Hadassah magazine’s Ribalow Prize for her 2005 novel “The Genizah at the House of Shepher,” as well as the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature for “Kafka in Bronteland,” her 2006 short story collection. This week, “Genizah” bagged… More ▸

  • Unafraid to Tackle Other Issues, Jewish Groups Avoid Iraq War

    Abortion? Check. Condoms? Got ‘em. Taxes? We’re there. War? Don’t mention it. The organizational Jewish community, out front on most front-line political issues, has maintained a careful distance from the Iraq war since its inception. The main reason is a wish to avoid displeasing the Bush administration, which has offered unprecedented support for Israel and… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel launched an Internet campaign against Iran’s president. In a release Monday, the groups cited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel’s destruction and Holocaust denial, including an international Holocaust denial conference he held in December. The words of the Iranian president are provocative and we must not… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council of Jewish Women elected a Miami lawyer as its president. Nancy Ratzan was elected last week at the NCJW convention in Chicago. “We deliver the voice and action of progressive Jewish women,” Ratzan said in her inaugural speech as president. “We address the issues that change lives and empower women: reproductive choice,… More ▸

  • Children of Intermarried Find They’re off Community’s Radar

    Joelle Berman was shocked the first time someone suggested she wasn t Jewish. “I was 12 or 13, and I went with a friend to a Young Judaea meeting,” says Berman, whose intermarried parents were raising her Reform in New Jersey. When the leader of the day s program asked about her family, Berman thought… More ▸

  • Three-year-old Program Building Long-term Connections to Israel

    Jared Baluvan is from Highland Park, N.J. Jared Blumenfeld is from Beverly Hills. Both are 18 and in Israel volunteering on an ambulance as part of Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel. But while the $15,000 tuition for the program was no problem for Blumenfeld’s family, Baluvan’s needed some help. Assisting families like the Baluvans… More ▸