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  • Sources: UJC’s Rieger to step down

    The president and CEO of the United Jewish Communities will not seek another term in office after his current term is up in August 2009, the Fundermentalist has learned. Howard Rieger took over the top professional position at the umbrella organization for the North American Jewish federation system in 2004, after spending more than two… More ▸

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    A Web site has been established to memorialize Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization have set up a Web site in memory of the slain Israeli soldiers, whose bodies Hezbollah returned to Israel in a prisoner swap this week. The site contains a history of the… More ▸

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    On the eve of the Olympics, a Jewish women’s group is urging China to rethink its support of Sudan. “China has an extraordinary opportunity to address the human rights issues that have tarnished its image,” the National Council of Jewish Women board of directors said in a statement released last week. The organization singled out… More ▸

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    The WUJS Institute adult study program is moving from its longtime home in Arad to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The institute, a study-internship program that since 2006 has been under the auspices of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization, will open in the new locations on Sept. 1. The 50 students registered for the fall semester… More ▸

  • New Cal President Keeps Kosher, Loves Israel

    The new president of the University of California’s 10 campuses and 220,000 students keeps a kosher home, lectures on Maimonides for intellectual stimulation and is an unabashed Israel supporter. “I am what I am,” Mark Yudof says. “What I’ve found works best for me is transparency, being direct and being honest.” As he takes the… More ▸

  • Supreme Court Rulings Strike Jewish Groups As Mixed Bag

    Perhaps the most noteworthy development for Jewish groups that watch the Supreme Court was not what it decided this session, but what it decided not to decide. In its 2007-08 session, which ended last week, the majority conservative court turned away a number of church-state cases where its decisions might have had a long-lasting impact… More ▸

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    The UJA-Federation of New York will spend $1.5 million over three years on programs for young Israeli children and parents at risk. The program is part of an initiative being launched this week to improve literacy and school readiness in Israel for children from birth to 3 years old. It is geared to needy populations… More ▸

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning a gun-control law is being criticized by several Jewish groups. In a 5-4 decision announced Thursday, the court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on owning handguns for self-defense, which was the strictest gun-control law in the country. Several organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee,… More ▸

  • $2 million shortfall at JTS

    Guest post by Editor Man Stewart Ain of the New York Jewish Week reports that the Jewish Theological Seminary is facing a $2 million budget shortfall: Although the seminary hired two new senior faculty members this year — Evyatar Marienberg and Michelle Lynn-Sachs — it was made clear that a hiring freeze is now in… More ▸

  • JTA Earns Four Awards from Jewish Press Group

    JTA garnered three first-place awards from the American Jewish Press Association at its annual meeting this week in Washington, including in the investigative reporting category for the fifth straight year. JTA, which won a total of four 2007 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, also took top honors in the photography category and… More ▸