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Boehner Draws Mixed Response

The Republican leadership scramble set off by the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal has led to the selection of a new House majority leader who is at odds with most Jewish groups on most key issues of religion and state. It also has halted — at least for now — the rise of the sole Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, Rep. Eric

Jewish Legislators Build International Network

JERUSALEM — “I’ve been coming to Israel every year since 1983,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman, a New York Democrat, “and every time, people say, ‘You’ve come at an interesting time.’”That was never truer than this year. Ackerman came here last week to take part in the International Council of

Jewish Legislators Build International Network

JERUSALEM — “I’ve been coming to Israel every year since 1983,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman, a New York Democrat, “and every time, people say, ‘You’ve come at an interesting time.’”That was never truer than this year. Ackerman came here last week to take part in the International Council of

Florida Democrat Chosen To Testify at Alito Hearings

Highlighting their concerns with privacy issues, Democrats tapped a freshman congresswoman from Florida to testify Thursday at the Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court.Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of two new Jewish members of the House of Representatives, was chosen by the ranking Democratic member of

Chertoff Takes Heat for Slow Response

As the Bush administration finds itself under fire for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina, much of the criticism has focused on a favorite of the Jewish community: Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security.Political leaders, disaster preparedness experts and reporters are all pointing fingers at Chertoff’s leadership. The

Groups Focus on Court Nominee’s Church-state Views

The National Council of Jewish Women is vowing to oppose President Bush’s nominee for the Supreme Court, John Roberts, but most other Jewish groups are asking only for a careful questioning.President Bush nominated Roberts, a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, on Tuesday night. Roberts immediately won wide praise for his

Leaders Stress American Side of Aipac

WASHINGTON —Howard Kohr confronted the elephant in the room head-on as he opened the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.Kohr, Aipac’s executive director, told the estimated 5,000 delegates that the organization would not be harmed by the FBI investigation of two recently dismissed Aipac

Court’s Conversion Ruling Satisfies Few

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court touched off a wave of cheers and jeers with its 7-to-4 decision last week to recognize a new category of non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism.The March 31 ruling ordered the government to recognize the Jewish status of 17 Israeli residents who had traveled abroad for conversion by Reform or

Chabad Prize to Putin Spurring Debate Over Russian’s Actions

WARSAW — Just before the sun set over Auschwitz on January 27, ending the international ceremonies that marked the 60th anniversary of the notorious death camp’s liberation, President Vladimir Putin of Russia stepped forward to receive a medal from Rabbi Berel Lazar, one of the two men who claims the title of chief rabbi of Russia.Lazar, a

Paris Yeshiva Student Stabbed While Leaving School

PARIS — A teenage Jewish yeshiva student was stabbed and seriously wounded last Friday in a Paris suburb by a knife-wielding assailant shouting “Allahu akhbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”The teenager, Yisrael Yifrah, 17, was stabbed in the chest at approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 4 as he left a Jewish school, the Mekor Yisrael yeshiva,