Organizations

  • News Brief

    The upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva is likely to single out Israel for criticism. Observers expect next week’s forum, strongly influenced by Islamic countries, to once again gang up on Israel, the latest effort to isolate the country on the international stage. “Demonization and de-legitimization of Israel happens daily at the U.N…. More ▸

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    Representatives of leading American Jewish organizations met with 23 Democratic senators. Among the issues raised in Wednesday’s meeting were Iran’s alleged pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, food stamps, subprime loans, Medicaid, emergency food and shelter, and immigration. Jewish participants told JTA they were struck by the breadth of Jewish political concerns expressed at the… More ▸

  • New Book Blasts Gender Inequity, Seeks Change in Organizations

    It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job. It’s been 44 years since Title VI of the Civil Right Act barred employment discrimination on the basis of race or sex, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was… More ▸

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    Jewish groups are pushing a list of 10 legislative priorities toward closing the gender gap in poverty. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a public policy umbrella, co-hosted a March 26 briefing at the U.S. Capitol with the National Council of Jewish Women and the National Women’s Law Center. A panel discussed how poverty had… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women opposed a judicial nominee with an anti-abortion record. Richard Honaker, nominated by President Bush to a federal bench position in Wyoming, underwent a tough confirmation hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. “We are deeply troubled by Richard Honaker’s record of hostility to reproductive rights and his assertion… More ▸

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    The Seattle Times refused to run an ad for a National Council of Jewish Women-sponsored production. The Times said it would not print an ad for the Feb. 24 production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” unless the artwork was altered, according to Lauren Simonds, the executive director of the council’s Seattle section. The artwork… More ▸

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    Leona Helmsley’s $4 billion bequeathal topped Slate.com’s annual ranking of the country’s largest charitable gifts. The Slate 60, which ranked gifts made or pledged in 2007, was released Monday on the Web site. Helmsley, the real estate mogul known as “The Queen of Mean,” left the money to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Jewish Agency for Israel spokesman will manage a new media-liaison unit in the Olmert government. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday picked Yarden Vatikay, who has served in the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization for the past five years, for the Information Directorate. The directorate will coordinate government agencies on handling national public… More ▸

  • Obama Vs. Clinton Offers Dems Great Choice on Super Tues.

    “He doesn’t look like your typical presidential candidate and he is too inexperienced, with only a few years in Congress from Illinois and no track record in foreign affairs.” Despite these “shortcomings,” an overly tall, lanky, intellectual lawyer from Illinois who had served only two years in the U.S. House of Representatives was elected president… More ▸

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    Jewish organizations marked 35 years since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The National Council of Jewish Women called on supporters to campaign against rollbacks of the decision in the intervening years. “We must prevent the appointment of any more judges to the federal bench who are selected for their… More ▸