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    A Boca Raton philanthropist gave $1 million to a Florida Jewish federation. In honor of the gift by Dorothy Seaman, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will name its women’s division the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The division accounts for nearly half of the federation’s annual $20 million campaign. It has… More ▸

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    Rabbi Judah Nadich, the longtime rabbi at The Park Avenue Synagogue-Agudat Yesharim in New York City, died Sunday. He was 95. Nadich served at Park Avenue, one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the country, from 1957 until 1987, according to his successor and the current spiritual leader, Rabbi David Lincoln. Nadich also served a… More ▸

  • From Recovery to Renaissance New Orleans Jews Look Ahead

    The Jewish community of New Orleans has used the two years since Hurricane Katrina not only to recover from the devastation but also to plot the course for what it hopes will be a future renaissance. Key to this revitalization is a program of grants and incentives to lure 1,000 Jewish individuals and families to… More ▸

  • Bush Threat to Veto Children’s Insurance Program Baffles Jewish Organizations

    From restricting abortion access to lowering the church-state wall, the Bush administration’s right-leaning domestic agenda is often at odds with the Jewish community’s decidedly liberal views. But with bipartisan support in Congress building to expand a program that supplies health coverage to millions of otherwise uninsured children, Jewish organizations thought that they had found an… More ▸

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    Several Jewish organizations sent letters to U.S. House of Representatives members urging them to vote for a bill that will decrease dependence on foreign energy sources. The letters, mailed last Friday, ask the representatives to vote for a comprehensive energy package as well as an amendment to implement a 20 percent renewable electricity standard by… More ▸

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    The co-founder of the only national professional organization for Jewish nurses was elected the national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Nancy Falchuk of Newton Centre, Mass., was chosen this week at the organization’s annual national convention in New York City. A nurse by training, she helped found the Hadassah National Center… More ▸

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    Hosni Mubarak denied that a retired Egyptian intelligence officer who fell to his death in Britain had spied for Israel. The Egyptian president came out Monday against claims by former Israeli intelligence chiefs that the late Ashraf Marwan had warned Jerusalem ahead of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. “I have no doubts whatsoever about the… More ▸

  • JTA Series on Unrwa Wins Top Jewish Journalism Award

    JTA earned six journalism awards at last week’s gathering of the American Jewish Press Association in San Francisco. The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, established in 1980, recognizes outstanding journalism in 14 categories. For the fourth year in a row, JTA took top honors in the investigative reporting category with a five-part… More ▸

  • Second Bush Veto of Stem Cell Funding Leaves Proponents Grasping for Strategy

    In the wake of President Bush’s second veto of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, Jewish groups are struggling for a new strategy to advance the issue. “We have to regroup and rethink the strategy; we’ve done everything we can do,” said June Walker, the president of Hadassah, which led lobbying for the funding…. More ▸