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  • Jewish Activists Quiet on Alito As Other Issues Trump Hearings

    For years, the warning that “the future of the Supreme Court is at stake” has been a rallying cry for activists. During several congressional and presidential elections, they argued that the future of reproductive rights and church-state separation hung in the balance. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee vetted Judge Samuel Alito for a seat… More ▸

  • As Alito Hearings Approach, Groups Gearing Up to Weigh In, Pro and Con

    Amid the Chanukah parties and the New Year festivities, the organized Jewish community has been gearing up to make itself heard on the next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Several Jewish organizations already have spoken out against Judge Samuel Alito Jr., who will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation hearings beginning next… More ▸

  • Ncjw: Alito Isn’t Good for Jews, While Protecting Minority Rights is

    “But is it good for the Jews?” That was the question many of our grandparents voiced when they perused the morning papers — a question we may have dismissed, even with affection, as a narrow or parochial expression. Today, we know that what’s “good for the Jews” extends beyond ourselves: It encompasses a concern for… More ▸

  • Activists Look to Jewish Law As Abortion Debate Intensifies

    When American Jews talk about the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, the discussion usually turns to the issue of abortion rights. Nearly 33 years after the high court legalized abortion, the subject remains one of the most divisive in the country, and one of the most important to countless American Jewish activists. Many who… More ▸

  • Reform Jews Step into Minefield with Opposition to Iraq War, Alito

    The Reform movement in the United States has voted overwhelmingly to oppose both the war in Iraq and the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court. The resolutions passed here over the weekend put the Union for Reform Judaism, the umbrella body of Reform congregations, front and center in the political debates… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Reform movement voted to oppose the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Union for Reform Judaism debated the merits of Alito’s nomination Sunday at its biennial convention in Houston, questioning his views on reproductive rights and religious liberty. More ▸

  • As Liberals Prepare to Oppose Alito, Jewish Observers See Shades of Gray

    The long paper trail of hard-hitting conservative opinions that Judge Samuel Alito has left in his wake is perfect fodder for the kind of left vs. right, black-and-white confirmation battle that this town relishes. For Jewish groups, however, the clarity of Alito’s record fades to gray. President Bush’s new nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Several Jewish groups joined a complaint to the Food and Drug Administration protesting the delay in making an emergency contraceptive available over the counter. The Reform movement and Na’amat, the women’s labor Zionist movement, were signatories to a statement published Wednesday on “Plan B.” Other faith groups signing on included the Religious Coalition for Reproductive… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Scramble to Learn What They Can About Court Nominee

    Perhaps it was Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) who best summarized the American Jewish community’s position on Harriet Miers. “We know even less about this nominee than we did about John Roberts,” Schumer said Monday after President Bush nominated Miers, his White House counsel, to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. When… More ▸

  • About to Usher in a New Era, U.S. Supreme Court Slates Cases

    With the U.S. Supreme Court about to launch a new era, Jewish activists say they will be watching closely for clues to future rulings on controversial issues such as abortion rights and the separation of church and state. The court will officially open its session Monday, most likely under the helm of a new chief… More ▸