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  • Schip Bill is Vital for Health Care, So Congress Must Override Veto

    After months of debate, negotiation and compromise, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress sent to President Bush a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That SCHIP measure would have provided much-needed health insurance to 10 million children who otherwise would be uninsured. Regrettably, however, the president chose to compromise… More ▸

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    Several Jewish groups are working to override the veto of a child health-care measure. Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religiious Action Center of Reform Judaism. on Monday added his voice to the Jewish outcry over President Bush’s veto of a bill that would provide $35 billion over the next five years to fund state… More ▸

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    Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Szold, an educator and social pioneer, was one of nine inductees to the hall in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in ceremonies held Oct. 6-7. The hall now has inducted 217 women since its founding in 1969. Another Jewish inductee was Dr. Eleanor Baum,… More ▸

  • With Church-state off Court Docket, Groups Jump in on Detainees’ Rights

    With hot-button domestic issues not expected to play a major role in the new U.S. Supreme Court session, Jewish groups are entering the fray over the right of judicial review for foreign detainees. Several Jewish organizations have filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah. v. United States, the Supreme Court’s… More ▸

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    The wife of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman said at least one of their children plans to immigrate to Israel. Hadassah Lieberman, who made a brief visit to Israel this week for the inauguration of a Jewish study center for women, described her family’s devotion to Zionism in an interview with Ha’aretz on Tuesday. Asked if… More ▸

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    Two Jewish groups expressed disappointment in the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a law that would expand the District of Columbia’s representation in Congress. “Citizens of the District of Columbia pay federal taxes and serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, yet America remains the only democratic nation in which the citizens of the capital city… More ▸

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    President Bush said he would veto the expansion of a children’s health-care program backed by Jewish groups. In a press conference Thursday, Bush said he would reject the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP, because it would cover the children of middle-class families as well as the poor, apparently referring to… More ▸

  • For A.g. Post, Bush Taps Orthodox Jew Best Known for Work on Terrorism Issues

    In the aftermath of her son Ari’s murder by an Arab gunman on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, Devorah Halberstam was introduced to a federal judge for the Southern District of New York with a longstanding interest in terrorism-related issues. In the years since, Judge Michael Mukasey became a fixture in the life of Ari’s… More ▸

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    Hadassah members sponsored services and a Shabbat dinner at Virginia Tech. About 30 members of the group attended Friday night dinner and services with some 75 Virginia Tech students in a program organized in conjunction with the university’s Hillel chapter. Hadassah gave the Hillel chapter 300 yarmulkes with Virginia Tech colors and logos, according to… More ▸

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    An environmental partnership between Israel and its neighbors will be featured at a U.N. conference on climate change. One of the workshops at the conference, which begins Wednesday, will feature representatives of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies based at Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel. The workshop will focus on ways Israel has partnered with… More ▸