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  • 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 ▸

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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 ▸

  • Groups Look to Cases on Abortion, Segregation in Quiet Court Season

    Jewish civil liberties groups are looking forward to a relatively quiet U.S. Supreme Court session in 2006-’07, with none of the major church-state issues that have roiled the community in recent years. The court abjured arguments on the first Monday in October, when it traditionally opens, so its two Jewish justices could observe Yom Kippur…. More ▸