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  • Focus on Issues As Democrats Flex Their Muscles,

    Jewish organizations are seizing the opportunity of a winter of discontent to position themselves against Bush administration policies. Aided by an adversarial Congress wielding its power for the first time since President Bush ascended to power, these groups are taking strong stands against the U.S. administration’s policies, from Iraq and Israel-Palestinian peace initiatives to gay… More ▸

  • Op-ed for Women’s Rights in Israel, It’s Time

    At a time when women are taking their rightful place at the forefront of Israeli society, something is pushing them back — to the back of the bus, that is. The matter soon will be considered in Israel’s highest court. Egged, Israel’s government-funded bus company, for more than a decade has run sex-segregated buses known… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Richard Pearlstone was approved as the next chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s board of governors. A longtime JAFI activist, Pearlstone was approved by the organization’s Advice and Consent Committee and will be formally voted in at the next board of governors meeting in June. “I am proud to serve the Jewish people in… More ▸

  • Riddled with Domestic Troubles, Israel Hosts Presidents Conference

    The mood in Israel was grim as the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations held its annual gathering. Participants met last week with top officials who boasted of a robust nation, but Israelis on the street wondered how so many things could seemingly go wrong at once — government scandals, the bitter aftermath… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues As Bush Releases Budget, Groups

    How many federal program cuts does it take to get the Jewish community ready to fight tax cuts? President Bush is about to find out. Within hours of the release of the president’s proposed budget for 2008, a wall-to-wall coalition of Jewish groups called on members of Congress to fight budget cuts that could adversely… More ▸

  • School and Training Facility is Giving Immigrant Athletes a Leg Up in Israel

    Mekora Tarapeh would run up the steep, pine-covered hills on the outskirts of Addis Ababa for hours with friends, not realizing that his running talent would eventually help bring him to Israel. Tarapeh, 19, along with several other Falash Mura teenage boys, was identified by an Ethiopian-Israeli running coach as having professional potential. Soon after,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced that Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, will be inducted. Besides the founding of Hadassah, Szold is credited with the creation of night schools in America and Youth Aliyah in prestate Israel. More ▸

  • News Brief

    Hadassah passed a resolution to balance religion in the workplace with the civil liberties of clients and co-workers. The women’s group is concerned with discrimination in healthcare against women seeking reproductive services, and against religious and racial minorities and gays. The Jewish community has been split in recent years on efforts to pass workplace religion-accommodation… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues Democrats Gear Up for Fight over

    Budget time could be crunch time, Democrats are telling American Jews. In two weeks, President Bush will present his first budget to the new Democratic-controlled Congress. Democrats expect more tax cuts, and say that after six years of acquiescence to administration budgets by Republican-dominated Congresses, they plan to put up a fight — and they… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A research arm of Brandeis University on Wednesday launched a new Internet magazine for Jewish women. The magazine, called 614, will be published bi-monthly in an effort to spark conversation among “a new audience of often disillusioned Jewish women in their 20s, 30s and 40s,” according to a press release from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. More ▸