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  • Jewish groups praise Obama on LGBT worker rights expansion

    5 days ago

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama for extending federal job protections for gay employees to employees of government contractors.

    Obama signed two executive orders, one extending existing job protections for federal employees who are gay to employees of federal...

  • Jewish groups react swiftly to escalation of Gaza rocket attacks on Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Jewish organizations had an outpouring of reaction on Wednesday to the escalation of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel that had started Saturday—conveying their prayers for the safety of southern Israelis, condemning the Hamas terrorism, and affirming the Jewish state’s right to...

  • Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

    August 12, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan’s leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate.

    Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken a lead role in the stand-off between the White House...

  • Forward analysis: Jewish groups get most security grants

    September 13, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Most Homeland Security grants have gone to Jewish institutions in the six years since the program was instituted, a Forward analysis has discovered.

    Of those Jewish institutions, most funds were distributed to Orthodox groups.

    Since 2005, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program...

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  • Jewish groups say U.N. resolution is inevitable, but its wording isn’t set

    September 6, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    All but resigned to the inevitability of a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations later this month, Jewish groups are hoping that its effects can be blunted through aggressive diplomacy and the threat of action by the U.S. Congress.

    Jewish groups are urging foreign...

  • Homeland Security to give $15 million to Jewish groups for security

    August 23, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    The U.S. Homeland Security Dept. will providing about $15 million in grants to Jewish communal organizations and institutions considered vulnerable to attack.

    Tuesday’s announcement marked the sixth installment of the Homeland Security Dept.’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program,...

  • Jewish groups join voices against boycott law

    July 14, 2011 | 9:02 am

    More major U.S. Jewish groups spoke out against Israel’s anti-boycott law.

    “The anti-boycott law is undemocratic,” the American Jewish Committee said in a statement Wednesday. “It ironically has already harmed, rather than helped, our community’s overall efforts to defeat those...

  • Meet with critical Jewish groups, Israelis tell survey

    June 22, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    A majority of Israelis believe that their government representatives should meet with Diaspora Jewish groups that criticize their policies, a new survey found.

    Some 71 percent of those responding to the sixth annual Survey of Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry...

  • Jewish groups denounce attack on Lerner

    May 5, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    Agencies in the San Francisco Bay area were among the Jewish groups to condemn the attack on the northern California home of Tikkun editor Rabbi Michael Lerner.

    In a joint statement issued Tuesday, the region’s Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Community Relations Council, along...

  • Jewish groups: Boycott Ahmadinejad in NYC

    April 30, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    Jewish groups are calling on U.N. member representatives to walk out in protest when Iran’s president speaks next week at the United Nations.

    Mahmoud Ahmadenijad’s plans to address the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on May 3 makes a mockery of the...

  • Jewish groups slam Arizona immigration law

    April 26, 2010 | 10:13 am

    An array of Jewish groups expressed their dismay at the passage of Arizona’s restrictive new immigration enforcement law.

    “The Jewish community has long called on our national leaders to reform our immigration laws to ‘welcome the stranger’ and to create an effective federal...

  • Jewish Group to Glenn Beck: Haik U

    April 7, 2010 | 1:40 am

    If right-wing radio talk-show host Glenn Beck has his way, many American Jews would be abandoning their synagogues. If one Jewish group has its way, Beck will be drowned out by a wave of haikus.


    The popular right-wing talk-show host — who has called the health care reform...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    By Rachel Pomerance

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    By Rachel Pomerance

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • Jews Face Awkward Court Fight Position

    By James D. Besser

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The political brawl over the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her resignation last week, could be the most bitter since Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation battle.

    And that free-for-all, which liberals and conservatives alike predict...

  • Ten Commandments’ Future Unclear

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court's split rulings this week on the public display of the Ten Commandments is likely to lead to further confusion on what's permissible and what's not, analysts say.

    The high court determined that some monuments cast a religious message and therefore violate the...

  • Another Jewish Landmark Faces Demolition

    By Idan Ivri

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Men slowly arrange scattered clothes into a makeshift tent on the front steps of 126 N. St. Louis St. A few windows in the building's powder-blue facade are broken; an old chimney stains a sliver of the north wall black.

    Today, the anonymous building is one among thousands that...

  • Nation and World Briefs

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Three Boys Die in Pesach Fire
    Three Jewish boys in Brooklyn died after a fire on Passover ripped through their apartment. Sunday's fire began in the kitchen, where the Matyas family had left two stove burners on since last Friday evening. The boys who died in the Chasidic...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 15

    The Moshav Band be jammin' locally tonight, thanks to the Happy Minyan and the Breslov Shul. Straight outta Israel, the group will perform a mix of their classics and new songs inspired by Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach. Kabbalah-inspired musician LevYatan opens the...

  • Battles Shaping Up in New Congress

    By James D. Besser

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With the holidays and the congressional interregnum, Washington has been a quiet place in recent weeks. But that quiet belies feverish behind-the-scenes planning as political partisans and advocacy groups get set for a particularly contentious legislative session.

    Despite high...

  • Briefs

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson Donates

    $5 Million to Cedars-Sinai

    Actor Mel Gibson has made a $5 million donation to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to help children from overseas receive expensive medical care, part of a Gibson family commitment dating back several years to a charity that helps sick...

  • Community Briefs

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mazon Pledges Funds to Sudan

    Two Jewish groups have joined forces to try to save the lives of sickly, starving Sudanese refugees fleeing from government-sanctioned brutality.

    Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the Jewish Coalition for Sudan Relief have pledged $25,000 apiece...

  • Community Briefs

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    NVJCC: Five Years Later

    The North Valley Jewish Community Center on Sunday commemorated a traumatic terror attack with remembrances of past horror and hope for the future.

    It was five years ago, on Aug. 10, 1999, that white supremacist Bufford O. Furrow, Jr. burst into the center...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Kerry to Get Holocaust Records

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be given records about relatives who were killed during the Holocaust. The presumptive Democratic nominee recently learned that his paternal grandmother's brother and sister, both Jewish, were killed by the Nazis....

  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stephen Sass and Steven Hochstadt had been partners for 14 years when they decided to fly from their home in Los Angeles to Canada and officially get married. Though the couple had wed in a Reform Jewish ceremony five years earlier, an Ontario court had just upheld a law legalizing...

  • Details Wanted on Immigration Plan

    By E.B. Solomont

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups are pleased with President Bush's initiative to give illegal immigrants temporary legal status in the United States, but they are withholding accolades until they see how Congress fills in the details.

    "The most important thing is that the president recognized and...

  • Paving the Way for Anti-Israel Studies

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The woman in the cover illustration is called "Mother Palestine." Inside, articles by controversial Israeli historians Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim, and Palestinian historian Nur Masalha, tell the tale of a bellicose colonial Israel that displaced innocent Arabs from their homes in...

  • New Chance to Build Israel-Iraq Ties

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the United States begins rebuilding Iraq, pro-Israel activists are watching closely, seeing an opportunity for the Jewish state to improve ties with another Arab neighbor.

    Much of that hope has been placed in the hands of Ahmed Chalabi, a leader of the Iraqi National Congress...

  • Supporting Israel

    By Andrea Adelson

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a display of creativity and generosity, several Jewish groups in Orange County in

    recent weeks set out to demonstrate their unswerving support for Israel.

    Calling a suggestion by Israel's minister of tourism to visit hospitals a "wet blanket," Fullerton travel agency owner Pnina...

  • Senate Shocker

    By James D. Besser

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The stunning change in the U.S. Senate triggered by Sen. James Jeffords' switch from GOP to independent status means a seismic shift in the war over a host of domestic issues, including the church-state skirmishes that have preoccupied Jewish groups.

    The change is less likely to...

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