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  • Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Upholds Jewish Value of Life

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upholding of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act has elicited the usual cries of protest from abortion rights advocates and, also as usual, they include an assortment of Jewish groups and The New York Times. That latter institution characterized the term “partial-birth abortion” itself as a “provocative label” for the presumably… 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 ▸

  • For Women’s Group, Change in Congress Means Open Doors

    Michael Lieberman was talking hate crimes, and his applause line was, “I know you know that there’s a new sheriff in town.” Lieberman, the Washington counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, was delivering a pre-lobbying briefing to the National Council of Jewish Women’s triennial Washington Institute conference, and he didn’t have to name the sheriff. The… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council of Jewish Women elected a Miami lawyer as its president. Nancy Ratzan was elected last week at the NCJW convention in Chicago. “We deliver the voice and action of progressive Jewish women,” Ratzan said in her inaugural speech as president. “We address the issues that change lives and empower women: reproductive choice,… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Jews Should Embrace Evangelicals

    Got a problem with evangelicals cozying up to the Jewish community? That’s perfectly understandable, their representatives say. And here’s their solution: Cozy on up. Two prominent representatives of the evangelical community who addressed a panel Sunday at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs’ annual plenum said that if Jews feel uncomfortable with evangelicals, the solution… More ▸

  • Sisters Doing It for Themselves: Jewish Women on Rise in Congress

    Why are there so many women in the congressional Jewish caucus? Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) cuts to the chase. It’s the Jewish-mother factor, she says: They get things done. “Is it surprising that a Jewish mother would be in the U.S. Congress?” Schakowsky asks with a laugh. “We know how to do things. We state… More ▸

  • Jewish Political Partisans in U.S. Engaged in Pre-election Outreach

    In a turbulent midterm election campaign that could culminate with a major political realignment in the U.S. Congress, candidates are constant at least with one constituency: Jewish voters. In their campaigns for the Jewish vote on Nov. 7, Republicans are pitching support for Israel and anti-terrorism, as they have for years. Democrats are reminding voters… More ▸

  • Ben Cardin, a ‘Workhorse’ with Strong Jewish Roots, Runs a Slow but Steady Race to Be Maryland’s Sen

    Ben Cardin’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate is both dogged and buoyed by his stubborn rootedness — a prosaic quality the Maryland congressman and his supporters agree stems from his Jewish commitment. News media have cast this election as a race between Cardin, a 62-year-old Democratic elder statesman known as a plodding, determined consensus-builder, and… More ▸

  • Cries of Victory, Sighs of Defeat from Jews As Congress Recesses

    If you listened closely, you could hear, beneath the noisy sex scandal roiling the 109th Congress, cries of victory and sighs of defeat from the pro-Israel and Jewish community. The revelation last week of salacious electronic exchanges between Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and teenage congressional pages — and the threat that allegations of a cover-up… More ▸