Jewish Journal

Sharon Samber

  • Jewish Aging Crisis Looms

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is the American Jewish community prepared for the aging tidal wave? With the number of Jewish elderly expected to soar over the coming decade, leaders at the national and local levels realize they must move beyond traditional methods of caring for the elderly to develop new plans and...

  • Lubavitch Recall Sept. 11

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lubavitch rabbis from across the United States and 40 countries launched the 100th birthday commemoration of their spiritual leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, by marking the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Standing Monday in the cold wind and bright...

  • Show Us the Money

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The word from survivors is clear: The Holocaust insurance claims process doesn't work.

    Lawmakers joined survivors in their criticism, accusing the international commission charged with resolving Holocaust-era insurance claims of being too slow and not getting money to policyholders...

  • Majorly Mad

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish reserve officer says the U.S. Army stripped him of his security clearance and forced him to give up command of an intelligence unit because of his ties to Israel.

    Maj. Shawn Pine, commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Company of Austin, Texas, holds dual U.S.-Israeli...

  • Jews in U. S. Politics

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who was the trusted adviser to the governor of New York in the 1920s.

    The ambassador to Turkey in 1889.

    The attorney general in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

    Belle Moskowitz, Solomon Hirsch and Edward Levi were all Jews involved in U.S. political life in different...

  • Principled Stand

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's exclusion from the global Red Cross organization appears to have been the pivotal factor in the resignation of the head of the American Red Cross.

    Dr. Bernadine Healy said last Friday that she had been forced out of her job over policy differences with her board. In...

  • Hamas, Hezbollah on Latest U.S. Terror List

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. State Department's biannual list of foreign terrorist organizations once again includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups that perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel.

    But the significance of the list, issued last Friday, is unclear in light of the new U.S. war against...

  • Supreme Court to Rule On Vouchers

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of school vouchers is expected this term, with the high court apparently ready to tackle one of the most significant church-state rulings in years.

    The U.S. Supreme Court, which opened its new term this week,...

  • Cloning Controversy Multiplies

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the Brave New World of cloning, most Jewish ethicists and organizations are staking out the middle ground.

    A general consensus appears to be emerging in the Jewish community that therapeutic cloning -- using cloning technology for medical research -- is acceptable, but...

  • Sen. McCain to Help Find Kidnapped Israelis

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For 10 months, the families of four Israelis kidnapped by Hezbollah have been waiting for their loved ones to return home. Now the families have found a new source of hope, after U.S. lawmakers and Jewish groups indicated that the families' crusade has not been forgotten and that a...

  • Jewish Groups on Stem Cell Debate

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "When does life begin?" is not your standard political question, but it's forcing the debate behind one of the hottest topics in Washington -- stem cell research.

    As President Bush ponders whether to allow federal funding for research using stem cells from discarded human embryos,...

  • The Price of Truth

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The book designed to explain the Muslim faith to Jews was published in May, the death threat came in June, and the author is now huddled out of sight in a safe house.

    Jewish and Muslim groups, meanwhile, are left to ponder what can happen next to make the situation any worse.


  • Dismay Over Tax Bill

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish charitable organizations are not going to get the help they were hoping for in the new tax bill, since the final version leaves out a proposal that might have boosted giving by billions of dollars.

    The bill, signed by President Bush on June 6, grabbed headlines for its tax...

  • Charity Obstacle?

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With tax cuts the talk of the town, Jewish philanthropic agencies are worried about another part of President Bush's fiscal plan: the repeal of the estate tax.

    Officials of many funds are concerned that charitable giving will suffer if the estate tax, which levies a high tax on the...

  • Limiting Soft Money

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The jury is still out on how the Senate's campaign finance reform bill would change the political influence of the Jewish community, but experts believe Jewish interests will remain well represented no matter what happens.

    After years of protracted arguments, the Senate on Monday set...

  • Building Bonds

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Think of the American Jewish and Latino communities as two longtime friends who have just decided to get more serious.

    After years of dialogue -- mostly at the local level -- top organizations and leaders met in Washington, D.C., last week at the first national Jewish-Latino summit...

  • Big Blue’s Nazi Ties

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A lawsuit filed against IBM for allegedly assisting the Nazis indicates a renewed focus on the potential culpability of American companies that helped Germany during World War II.

    IBM provided technology that aided Hitler in the persecution and genocide of millions of people during...

  • Capitol Hill Gains

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One influential Jewish representative was defeated, one venerated Jewish senator retired and the number of Jewish Republicans in the House may have tripled as a result of this week's elections.Overall, the Jewish presence in Congress will increase, with several new faces in the House...

  • What next for Capitol Hill?

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With the November elections just around the corner, Jewish observers and activists are predicting that no matter who wins control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Jewish communal agenda will encounter some of the same legislative hurdles it faced in the 106th...

  • No Stranger to Controversy

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From the start, Martin Indyk's career as a U.S. official has been filled with intrigue.As the first Jewish ambassador to Israel and later the top State Department official in charge of Middle East policy, Indyk's words and actions have been scrutinized by Jews and Arabs, by...

  • Running Out of Time

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A group of Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds meets regularly in Brooklyn to discuss the domestic abuse they have suffered.

    One woman in her 30's was emotionally, verbally and financially abused by her husband of eight years, who beat her after she became pregnant. With the help...

  • Guided by Faith

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has been in public life a long time and has left an extensive public trail of votes and positions on the issues.

    But when Al Gore named the two-term U.S. senator and former Connecticut attorney general as his running mate this week, as much initially...

  • Deconstructing Cheney

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When American forces were sent to the Middle East in 1991 to fight the Persian Gulf War, some unit commanders suggested that Jewish soldiers could change their dog tags to eliminate their religious identification.

    When approached by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), then-Secretary of...

  • The China Gambit

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite friction over Israeli sales of military technology to China, President Clinton had a "good, productive, serious discussion" with Israeli Prime Minister Barak this week.

    Clinton said he feels encouraged that there is renewed energy in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process....