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  • With Time Short on Iran Nukes, Aipac Criticizes Bush Approach

    As time dwindles for diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington is criticizing the Bush administration’s handling of the issue. The United States has endorsed a European Union plan that would allow Iran to continue its nuclear development as long as it leaves uranium enrichment, the final stage… More ▸

  • Survivors Project Leads Jewish Woman to Open Museum on Brazil’s Neglected

    Karen Worcman first discovered the power of oral history when she and her mother produced a book about Holocaust survivors in her native Rio de Janeiro. More than a decade later, Worcman is transforming the way history is recorded in Brazil by providing a vehicle for “invisible” individuals — from street scavengers to nursing home… More ▸

  • Israeli Professor Takes Nobel for His Studies of Game Theory

    It may sound uncanny, but an Israeli has educated the world on conflict resolution. Such was the praise heaped on Robert Aumann, the Hebrew University professor named Monday as co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in economics. Aumann, 75, and American scientist Thomas Schelling "enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis," the… More ▸

  • Bucking Tradition, Immigrant Family Chooses the Desert, and Kibbutz Life

    The Simners are a rare breed of immigrant to Israel: After making aliyah from Uruguay in December 2002, they went to live on a kibbutz. In fact, the family is now on its second kibbutz, and plans to stay there. “We were socialists and Zionists in Montevideo,” said Daniel Simner, 40, referring to the Uruguayan… More ▸

  • Jews Welcome New Pope, and Hope That He Builds on John Paul’s Legacy

    As the regal red curtains were drawn back, clearing the way for the still-unidentified new pope to emerge on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica and offer a blessing to church faithful, many Jews joined the world’s 1 billion Catholics in holding their collective breath. The Christians were excitedly anticipating their Holy Father’s arrival, eager… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council for Jewish Women called on the Israeli government to allow civil marriage and divorce. As part of the Fourth International Agunot Day, the organization is seeking a resolution for agunot, women who are unable to remarry because their husbands refuse to grant them divorces. More ▸

  • Large Conservative Synagogue Names Female Rabbi in ‘groundbreaking’ Move

    Twenty years after the Conservative movement began ordaining women as rabbis, a large New Jersey congregation has chosen a woman to fill its top rabbinic post, a development movement leaders are hailing as "groundbreaking." The board of Congregation Beth El in South Orange voted on March 7 to appoint Rabbi Francine Roston, 36, as the… More ▸