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Ruling May Threaten Restitution Efforts

By Nacha Cattan

A Supreme Court ruling striking down a California law to aid Holocaust survivors seeking compensation appears to have very broad implications that critics say could undo restitution efforts in all states of the union.The Supreme Court this week reversed a California statute that was meant to pressure insurance companies to turn over lists of theirRead More


Canadian Rabbis Split on Gay Weddings

By Sheldon Gordon, Forward Correspondent

TORONTO — With Canada poised to recognize gay marriage, liberal Canadian rabbis are divided over whether to perform religious wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced last week that the federal government would draft a legislative amendment giving same-sex couples equal access to marriage underRead More


Happy Hour With Freddie Roman, Master of the Well-Done Roast ‘Boy Meets Goy’ Vexes ‘Sex’ As Show Enters Final Season

By Lisa Keys, Danielle Stein

She’s the beautiful, mild-mannered über-WASP on HBO’s smash series “Sex and the City.” He’s her lawyer — short, round and Jewish — who is hairy everywhere but atop his head.Despite the odds, Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis) and Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) fall in love. But in a classic case of boy meets goy, last weekRead More


Protesters in Israel Demand Freedom for Pollard

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Protesters demanding freedom for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard staged a mass rally outside the hotel where leaders of American Jewish organizations were gathered this week for the quarterly meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel.A crowd, estimated by organizers at more than 3,000, assembled at the David’s Citadel Hotel to protestRead More


Bush Plans To Introduce Christian Rehab Program In Federal Prison System

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the reported success of a Christian rehabilitation program in state prisons, the Bush administration is seeking ways to expand such programs to inmates in federal prisons.The head of the White House office for faith-based initiatives, Jim Towey, told reporters last week that President Bush had askedRead More


Rift Marks Conference on Antisemitism

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting by Jta.

The first-ever international, governmental conference dedicated exclusively to antisemitism ended in Vienna this week, amid a German-Austrian squabble over accusations that Vienna was a less than gracious host.The two-day meeting brought together nearly 400 delegates from the 55 member-states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation inRead More


Mystery Shrouds Florida Doc Who Plotted Mosque Bombing

By Seamus Mcgraw

He had it all worked out on paper, meticulously planned down to the smallest detail.The Glock, his favorite semiautomatic pistol, would be in a shoulder holster beneath his Kevlar vest. He’d keep the .38 in an ankle rig, just in case. He even made a note to himself to wipe down the rounds before loading them into the clip. He didn’t wantRead More


Russian Council Feud Heating Up After Kremlin Snub

By Lina Rozovskaya

MOSCOW — A three-year turf war for the soul of Russian Jews has heated up in recent days, as rival community councils — one espousing pluralism, the other dominated by Lubavitch chasidim — have taken their feud to new arenas including rabbinic recruitment and international diplomacy.The two groups, the Russian Jewish Congress and theRead More


Creator of Humanistic Judaism Set To Leave Pulpit

By Lisa Keys

When Rabbi Sherwin Wine steps down from his pulpit next week, he’ll thank his colleagues, his family and his friends. But he won’t be thanking God.Wine caused eyes to roll 40 years ago when he created Humanistic Judaism, a movement that celebrates Judaism as a culture rather than a religion, and places its faith in people rather than a supremeRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Clash of Jewish Civilizations: “It is undeniable that the State of Israel is in economic crisis and that the country’s bloated budget must be slashed,” Moshe Schapiro writes in the May issue of The Jewish Observer, a publication of Agudath Israel of America. “The charedi community accepts that reality. But when one sees where theRead More


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