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  • 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 ▸

  • After Beating Lieberman in Primary, Lamont Turns Attention to November

    He has spoken out strongly in support of Israel, is skeptical about faith-based initiatives and opposes what he sees as unnecessary restrictions on civil liberties. Those views could help Ned Lamont win more Jewish support in this fall’s election for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut — even though his major opponent is a leading… More ▸

  • A Gift Horse or a Trojan Horse? Pro-israel Preacher Goes A-lobbying

    A Texas preacher is coming to Capitol Hill later this month with a present for the Jews: some 2,000 heartland Americans lobbying for Israel. The question dogging the Jewish community now is what kind of gift horse Pastor John Hagee will be riding: The kind with the mouth better left unchecked, or the Trojan kind,… More ▸

  • Long Before Israeli Deal, Buffett Made His Mark on Jewish Community

    Warren Buffett is not a Jew, and in fact describes himself as an agnostic. Still, the billionaire investment guru, who earlier this month made big news when his Berkshire Hathaway corporation bought an 80 percent share in Israeli metalworks conglomerate Iscar for $4 billion, for years has been making his mark on the U.S. Jewish… More ▸

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    The president of the Reform movement brought a message of tolerance for gays to the university founded by televangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell. Delivering the weekly convocation Wednesday at Liberty University, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, got a warm response when he said Reform Jews and evangelical Christians had much in… More ▸

  • Passover Op-ed Exodus Hero Left Legacy of Courage for Modern Heroes Like Rosa Parks

    The holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but the Haggadah doesn’t mention Nachshon ben Aminadav. Who was this man? According to the biblical account of the exodus, the people have no sooner left Egypt than they encounter a seemingly insurmountable obstacle — the Red Sea. As Pharaoh’s… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Some Jewish women’s activists sent vibrators to Jewish leaders to create a “buzz” about what they see as organized Jewish community’s silence on reproductive rights. Jewish Women Watching said the Jewish community cannot be silent on these issues in the wake of Judge Samuel Alito joining the Supreme Court. More ▸

  • An Appreciation ‘universal Woman, Particular Jew,’ Betty Friedan Inspired Jewish Feminism

    She was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions. Betty Friedan was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and unpretentious. Though she exuded self-confidence, her vulnerabilities were right out there for all… More ▸

  • New Leader in Congress Supports Israel, Vouchers

    It was an interest in education that brought U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) into the sukkah of a Cincinnati family several years ago. Boehner, elected last week as the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, came to the outdoor tent to listen to Jewish parents with children in day school. There, he expressed… More ▸

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    Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Judge Alito’s victory opens the door to the erosion of essential rights including civil rights, civil liberties, the separation of religion and state, and reproductive freedom,” said Phyllis Snyder, president of the National Council of Jewish Women. The organization,… More ▸