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Jewish Groups Rally Support for Civil Rights Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A major initiative aimed at setting aside a string of conservative judicial decisions and restoring the protections in the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act is drawing strong support from national Jewish organizations.Seventeen Jewish groups — including the community’s leading women’sRead More


Specter Takes No Position On Appointment of Judge

By Miriam Colton

President Bush’s recess appointment last week of William Pryor to a federal judgeship is dividing Congress along partisan lines, but critics say that at least one Republican senator seems unwilling to take a firm stand on the issue.Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is refusing to voice support forRead More


Vulnerable on War Stance, Lantos Battles Primary Challengers

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a historic meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, is gearing up for the final leg of his first primary challenge in more than a decade.In his quest for a 13th term, Lantos, a California Democrat, must defeat a pair of political neophytes, lawyers RoRead More


Dershowitz Backtracks After Causing Stir at Parley

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz only showed up at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum for about an hour-and-a-half, but during that time he managed to stir up about as much controversy as the other three days of the conference combined.Outside historic Faneuil Hall, where the JCPA convened to honor Dershowitz, hisRead More


Israelis Watch Nervously as Court Weighs Case on Security Fence

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

TEL AVIV — Officially Israel considered the hearings on its security fence, held this week at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, to be virtually meaningless. Jerusalem declined to appear before the court, instead submitting a preliminary affidavit questioning the court’s jurisdiction in theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

While religious conservatives are hailing President Bush’s endorsement Tuesday of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, some Republicans are expressing alarm that it could backfire.Bush’s move seemed aimed at evangelical Christian supporters, who have been pressuring the president to speak out clearly in favor of such anRead More


Czech Records Tell the Story of How Jewish Kohn Became Catholic Kerry

OPAVA, Czech Republic — Ever since The Boston Globe broke the story of Senator John Kerry’s Jewish roots last year, the rise of the humble Kohn family of Silesia to Boston Brahmanism has been presented to the public as a prime example of the American Dream.Earlier this month, I set out to trace the route from Kohn to Kerry, beginningRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Harlem Two-fer: If there are satellite trucks in the neighborhood, this must be a good time for an Al Sharpton rally…In Harlem on Monday, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry rallied with some of his supporters among Harlem’s establishment Democratic politicos.But what is a New York event without some good old upstaging street theater? LyingRead More


Liberalism Gains at Election-Year Policy Forum

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — With the presidential election approaching, American Jewry’s main policy body shifted hard back to its liberal roots, pushing through several domestic-oriented resolutions, including a call for the repeal of the Bush administration’s most recent round of tax cuts.The resolution, which passed with only a smattering ofRead More


Charity Giant Vows To Fight Barriers Facing Female Leaders

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare public self-rebuke, United Jewish Communities this week released a study outlining barriers that have prevented women from gaining top leadership positions at Jewish charitable federations, and vowed to take steps to close the gap.The study, conducted for UJC by the advocacy group Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community,Read More


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