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  • Behind the Headlines Break from Israel Branch Spurs

    As World ORT and ORT Israel go public with a divorce that was finalized in September, the two appear headed for a turf war over fund-raising dollars in the United States and programming in Israel. Started in czarist Russia in 1880 as a series of vocational schools for Jews, the ORT system runs Jewish-based educational… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines for Jews and Women, Several

    For Betsy Sheerr, it was the perfect 21st-century moment: A woman had just ascended to within two heartbeats of the presidency, and Sheerr was spreading the news by text message. Sheerr, who is prominent in national Jewish organizations and the Philadelphia Jewish community, and was a major fund-raiser for the successful campaign of Sen. Bob… More ▸

  • Future House Power Says Dems Back a Dialogue with Iran, Syria

    Encouraging contact with Syria and Iran will be a central plank of the new Democratic Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives’ incoming majority leader said, outlining an agenda that differs radically from the Bush administration’s on domestic and foreign policy. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said both parties’ support for Israel would remain unstinting. “[Rep.]… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council of Jewish Women called on the Bush administration to rescind its choice for family planning chief. The White House last week appointed Dr. Eric Keroack as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs. Keroack previously headed a chain of pregnancy clinics that advises against contraception and promotes “abstinence only” contraception. More ▸

  • Between Sessions and Schmoozing, Harsh Warnings About Israel’s Future

    From Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, there were so many top Israeli officials at the North American federation system’s annual gathering that one joked they might as well hold the next Cabinet meeting there. The climax of the four-day gathering came Tuesday night as Olmert, who met a day earlier with… More ▸

  • Election Results Offer a Chance to Reassess Jews’ Domestic Agenda

    In light of the midterm election results, a new level of political engagement for Jewish community activists has emerged around the domestic agenda. The transition of U.S. congressional power from Republicans to Democrats will allow Jewish organizations involved in multiple issues to assert core social-policy concerns. Often, less attention is paid to Jewish organizations’ significant… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish groups applauded the results of two local ballot initiatives in the U.S. elections. Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization said in a Wednesday statement that its members “led the charge” to defeat an abortion ban in South Dakota, and that “in Missouri, Hadassah members were likewise instrumental in preserving the right to pursue embryonic stem… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council of Jewish Women praised the Food and Drug Administration for recommending a vaccine that could prevent cervical cancer. More ▸