reproductive rights

  • Funding Hate [part 2] How Aware is Ford Foundation of Way Its Funds Are Being Used?

    The Ford Foundation disburses approximately $500 million annually through 13 offices worldwide, to grantees of all descriptions, in dozens of countries. Each year, the foundation, with an estimated $10 billion in assets, makes some 2,500 awards spanning the realms of art, education, development and social justice. In the process, Ford practices globalization just as a… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Celebrate Outcome of Alabama Case, but Worry for Future

    Jewish leaders praised the removal of a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building but are concerned by some of the developments the case has spawned. “The result was what we wanted,” said Deborah Lauter, the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast region director. “We celebrate the rule of law prevailing.” Despite the legal victory,… More ▸

  • Canadian Rabbis Divided on Ruling About Same-sex Marriage

    Reaction among Canadian rabbis to a recent Ontario appeals court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has been sharply divided along denominational lines. Support has come mostly from the Reform and Reconstructionist factions, with criticism coming mostly from the Orthodox sector. “We think that this actually strengthens the Jewish community and our society, and that… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Hadassah urged President Bush to veto Congress’ passage of the “partial-birth abortion” bill. “If signed into law, the so-called ‘partial-birth abortion’ ban would mark the first time that the federal government has outlawed an abortion procedure,” Hadassah’s national president, Bonnie Lipton, said in a statement Thursday. “We consider this a major setback in our ongoing… More ▸

  • Reaching Beyond Iraq and Israel, Reform Activists Blast Domestic Policies

    As Rabbi David Saperstein sees it, the war on Iraq is only one issue on a long list of America’s serious problems. The leader of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism for more than 30 years, Saperstein thinks that even as the country’s political compass is pointed toward the Middle East, the liberal Jewish… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Reverse Course to Weigh in on Judicial Selection

    Here come the judges — and with them the ideological and political battles expected to shape the incoming 108th Congress. When the Republicans take control of the Senate, many of President Bush’s judicial nominees to the federal bench that were held up under the Democrats are likely to get the green light. For their part,… More ▸

  • New Senate Chairmen Could Advance, Stall Jewish Agenda

    A Republican Senate means Republican committee chairmen, and for many Jewish organizational leaders, a step backward toward more defensive lobbying tactics. Jewish lobbyists say that when the Republicans take control of the full Congress in January, they will need to respond more to legislation they oppose rather than help craft laws that fit with their… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines It’s Jew Vs. Jew in Minnesota, in Close Race for U.S. Senate Seat

    Minnesota voters are poised once again to elect a Jew to the U.S. Senate — though it’s not clear if it will be Democratic incumbent Paul Wellstone or his Republican challenger, Norm Coleman.Both candidates have strong backers in the state’s 45,000-strong Jewish community. With Democrats struggling to maintain their narrow control of the Senate, every… More ▸

  • Lautenberg Picked in New Jersey; Familiar and Beloved Face for Jews

    The Senate’s minyan could soon welcome an old familiar face. Former Sen. Frank Lautenberg was named Tuesday to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli as the Democratic candidate in New Jersey. If he survives legal challenges to his candidacy, Lautenberg will face Republican Doug Forrester in the Nov. 5 election. But the road to the ballot box… More ▸