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  • Congressional Roundup: Two New Jews, but No Rabbi

    The U.S. House of Representatives is getting two new Jewish members, but Tuesday night’s Democratic tide was not strong enough to sink several favorites of Jewish GOPers or to send Congress its first rabbi, Jewish Latina or Chinese Jew. The 111th U.S. Congress is slated to have 13 Jewish senators and 31 members of the… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Julie Schonfeld was chosen as the first female rabbi to direct an American rabbinical association. Schonfeld was named Wednesday as the new executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative movement’s rabbinic group. She will succeed Rabbi Joel Meyers, who will step down July 1. Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve in… More ▸

  • The Advisers: Who Has the Ear of the Presidential Candidates

    When the question of recognizing Israel landed on President Harry Truman’s desk in May 1948, he had to balance the advice of his old friend, Clark Clifford, against the general he deeply admired, George Marshall. In the end Truman went with his friend, recognizing the new Jewish state. It may be easy to read too… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸

  • Rough Campaign Takes Toll on Mccain’s Image

    When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy — but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on policy than the character of the presidential candidate… More ▸

  • Notes from the Gop Convention

    Like her husband, Hadassah Lieberman is backing John McCain for president. On Monday afternoon, she was the featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee fund-raiser and fashion show. But, Lieberman insisted to JTA, that doesn’t mean she’s become a Republican. A global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Lieberman… More ▸

  • Conflict Strains Ties Between Russian and Georgian Jews

    The Russian soldier took the last drag of his Marlboro Light, scanned the crowd of Georgian police huddling about 20 yards away and threw the butt in their direction. He slung his rifle over his shoulder and jogged back toward an armored vehicle, with a reporter right beside him. “We’re not going to Tbilisi. I… More ▸

  • Georgian Jews Flee for Capital, Some Stay to Protect Homes

    More than 200 Jewish residents fled fighting near the Georgian border, most from a city where Russian bombers destroyed several apartment blocks Saturday, according to the Jewish Agency. The agency made contact with and coordinated efforts to evacuate Jewish families in Gori, a town famous as the birthplace of Josef Stalin, which borders the breakaway… More ▸

  • As Dead Sea Shrinks, Concerns for Future Grow

    The beach at the Ein Gedi Spa at the Dead Sea would seem like an ideal place for a little R&R amid the frenzy of modern Israel. Set in the quiet of the desert, it has stunning views of Jordan’s mountains and its therapeutic waters reputedly do wonders for the complexion. There’s only one problem… More ▸

  • Red Sea-dead Sea Canal Stirs Environmental Objections

    On aerial photographs, the shrinking Dead Sea juts into the surrounding desert landscape like a blue index finger. As part of the effort to prevent this finger from becoming a mere smudge on the map by 2050, the World Bank is conducting a $14 million study into the practicalities of building a channel to bring… More ▸