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  • Broad Range of Jewish Groups Drawn to March for Women’s Rights

    This weekend’s march on Washington for reproductive rights, an election-year exercise in mass message-sending, has a substantial Jewish component. Two major national Jewish women’s organizations and three religious denominations are organizing busloads of participants for Sunday’s March for Women’s Lives on the National Mall in Washington. Many more Jews are expected to participate with other… More ▸

  • America Decides 2004 Whither the Jewish Vote? Ask a Group of Activist Jews

    “This is so hard,” fretted Stephanie Grossman after listening to a friendly Jewish debate over the merits of George W. Bush vs. John Kerry as president. President Bush, for now, appeared to trump Sen. Kerry on Israel, said the Atlanta doctor, who was attending this week’s United Jewish Communities young leadership conference. “I’m a true-blue… More ▸

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    Hadassah is disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill punishing crimes against pregnant women. The Zionist organization for women says the bill, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, is an attempt to limit reproductive rights by establishing a fetus as a distinct entity. More ▸

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    The Reform movement said it is disappointed by President Bush’s latest judicial appointment. Bush appointed William Pryor during a congressional recess after his opposition to abortion rights and support for religious expression in government-owned properties kept him from garnering the 60 votes in the Senate necessary to pass confirmation. The National Council of Jewish Women… More ▸

  • At Conservatives’ Upcoming Summit, Fence Resolution Sure to Spark Debate

    Conservative rabbis are preparing to debate a resolution supporting Israel’s West Bank security fence during an upcoming Jerusalem summit. The debate, set for the Rabbinical Assembly’s 104th annual convention Feb. 9-12, will come after some of the rabbis from across North America — 300 are expected to attend — tour the fence Feb. 10. The… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women is “appalled” by President Bush’s appointment of Judge Charles Pickering. Pickering, who Bush appointed to a federal appeals court last Friday, is an “opponent of fundamental civil rights, including the right to privacy and reproductive freedom,” said Marsha Atkind, the group’s president. More ▸

  • News Brief

    An abortion-rights activist urged Reform Jews to march on Washington to fight new anti-abortion measures. Kate Michelman, outgoing president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, urged Jews to join the March to Save Women’s Lives next April 25. Her call came Thursday, a day after President Bush signed a ban on so-called partial-birth abortions. More ▸

  • Jewish Groups on Both Sides As Congress Moves on Abortion

    Jewish groups are closely monitoring progress on a new late-term abortion bill that could become law by the end of the week. The bill, which outlaws a specific procedure technically known as intact dilation and evacuation, is opposed by a majority of Jewish organizations. They say it criminalizes a medical procedure. At least one Orthodox… More ▸