Organizations

  • Behind the Letter on Obama: Why the Jews Entered the Fray

    Efforts to turn American Jews against the presidential aspirations of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have elicited a stinging protest from a diverse group of Jewish organizations. Nine Jewish organizational leaders signed on to a letter last week that addressed rumors about Obama’s upbringing and faith. Several said they were moved to act primarily by… More ▸

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    The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to strike down an Indiana voter identification law that has drawn criticism from some Jewish groups. In a hearing Wednesday, the justices appeared divided over a 2005 measure requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. The four more liberal members of the court appeared far more critical… More ▸

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    States and municipalities now have federal backing if they want to divest from Sudan. President Bush on Monday signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which authorizes the divestment of state and local pension funds from companies that do business with Sudan. The measure, which was approved last month by the U.S. Congress,… More ▸

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    A National Council of Jewish Women leader was cited as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” Sammie Moshenberg, the NCJW’s director of Washington operations, was selected by Women’s eNews, a nonpartisan Web site devoted to women’s issues, for her social justice activism on Capitol Hill. Moshenberg and the other leaders will be… More ▸

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    Orthodox Jewish leaders from around the world are holding an annual convention in Israel. The World Conference of Orthodox Rabbis and Community Leaders, organized by the World Zionist Organization, began its three-day conference in Jerusalem on Monday. About 150 rabbis and leaders from 32 countries are participating in the conference, which will include meetings with… More ▸

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    The U.S. government will no longer be allowed to contract with companies doing business in Sudan. The House of Representatives unanimously voted Tuesday to divest from the genocidal regime in Darfur, passing a bill that also eases the way for private and state pension funds to cease backing companies that do business there. The Sudan… More ▸

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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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    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 ▸

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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 ▸