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    One percent of the shares of Bank Leumi, some $57 million, are in the names of Jews killed in the Holocaust. The figured appeared in a report issued last week by Israel’s Custodian General, according to Ha’aretz. The money has its origins in an 1899 initiative by Theodor Herzl to raise money for the Jewish… More ▸

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    An online poll conducted by progressive Jewish Web sites showed health care to be the top domestic political priority. The poll, coordinated by Jewish Funds for Justice, listed 10 issues and asked respondents to pick the five most important. The top five were, in order: health care, the environment, education, civil rights, and wages. The… More ▸

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    President Bush said he may veto a law that would expand the definition and prosecution of hate crimes. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday in a 222-195 vote, expands the definition of hate crimes to include gender, sexual orientation and disability in addition to race, religion and national origin. It also… More ▸

  • Israel Scavenger Hunt Sends Teams Scurrying Around Big Apple for Clues

    It was billed as a way to learn about Jewish and Israeli history while competing for $500 toward airline tickets to Israel. But the 16 teams gathered April 22 at Jewish National Fund headquarters in Manhattan for the inaugural Amazing Israel Race had only one goal in mind. “I don t have $20 to waste,”… More ▸

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    The Jewish Agency for Israel unveiled a memorial to Jews murdered in terrorist and anti-Semitic attacks abroad. The ceremony was held Monday, on Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, outside the JAFI building in Jerusalem, and was attended by victims’ family members living in Israel. “In this ceremony, the State of Israel recognizes, for the first… More ▸

  • Groups Revving Up to Fight Ruling on Late-term Abortion

    Supreme Court decisions usually are considered final, but Jewish groups that favor abortion rights are taking this week’s ruling upholding a ban on late-term abortions to lawmakers. The groups, which consider the April 18 ruling a rollback of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that upheld abortion as a matter of privacy and a… More ▸

  • Time to Fight Back Against Court Assault on Women’s Rights

    The Supreme Court has made it clear that ideology trumps women’s health in the nation’s highest court. On April 18, the Supreme Court made it clear that respect for legal precedent is dead. Clear that Roe v. Wade’s protections are no longer immutable. Clear that it doesn’t mind letting its own self-described “moral concerns” trump… More ▸

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    A number of Jewish groups criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a ban on late-term abortion. The decision’s “disregard for the rights of the so-called ‘fraction’ of women who, for a range of reasons, including the preservation of their own lives, need specific reproductive health services is heartless and insensitive,” the Reform movement’s Religious… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women encouraged tougher gun control laws in response to the deadly shooting spree at Virginia Tech. “As the toll from gun violence mounts, we feel compelled to ask, how many more tragedies will it take to spur lawmakers to take decisive and effective action to address this problem?” NCJW President… More ▸