News


Texas Democrats See Jewish Seats at Risk

By E.J. Kessler

Those Texas Democratic state legislators who went on the lam last week to kill a Republican redistricting plan were defending, among other things, Jewish political representation, one Houston Democrat told the Forward.Fifty-one lawmakers slipped across state lines in the dead of night on Mother’s Day, May 11, to deny Republicans the quorumRead More


Streams Unite To Fight Ministry on Conversion

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare moment of cross-denomination solidarity, Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel are joining their Orthodox colleagues in opposing an Interior Ministry move to end automatic citizenship for those who convert to Judaism in Israel.The Interior Ministry, led by the anti-clerical Shinui Party, announced plans this weekRead More


State Department Ratchets Up Pressure on Syria To Halt Support of Terror Groups

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s top Syria expert warned this week that Damascus will face a sharp escalation of American pressure if it fails to act quickly to halt its support of terrorist groups.“Damascus finds itself at a crossroads,” said the official, Stephen Seche, director of the Syria, Lebanon and Jordan desk in the StateRead More


No Simple Task: Breaking Television’s Jewish Barrier

By Lisa Keys

Rabbi Irwin Kula is no stranger to public exposure. As president of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he lectures constantly across the country. He’s written several books and has been a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”Right now, though, Kula is adjusting to an entirely new order of notoriety. He’s the host ofRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls & Ami Eden

War of Ideas: “During the 19th century, many people around the world earnestly believed that mankind had discovered the secret of steady human progress, and that secret was the culture of liberalism — the culture of rights, rationality, and innovation, which had arisen in Europe and spread to other places,” Paul Berman writesRead More


Orthodox Union Blasted by Labor Group

By Nacha Cattan

A Jewish labor group is blasting the largest Orthodox organization in America for endorsing a bill that labor unions say is a Republican assault on workers’ rights.The legislation in question is a House bill that would allow businesses to offer workers time off from work, known as compensatory time, in place of time-and-a-half overtime pay.TheRead More


Stand on Anti-gay Remark Could Cost Specter Support

An erstwhile ally of Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter says the moderate lawmaker has damaged his support among gay and progressive voters.Malcolm Lazin, a gay Republican and executive director of Philadelphia’s Equality Forum, said this damage is the result of the senator’s ringing defense of fellow Pennsylvania Senator RickRead More


Debate Planned for Sabbath Is Postponed

By E.J. Kessler

The New York Times is rescheduling an “informal debate” to which it invited the Democratic presidential candidates.In a May 1 letter obtained by the Forward, Times associate editor John Darnton invited the candidates to participate in the daytime event on Saturday, June 21 — in the middle of the Jewish Sabbath. Connecticut Senator JosephRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Much has been made of the barbs recently traded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry over their respective postures toward the Iraq war, among other issues. Now a supporter of another presidential candidate, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, has decided to join the fray.George Spitz, Kucinich’s chief supporterRead More


Moral Issue of Our Time: Make Healthcare an American Right

By Richard Gephardt

In 1972, my 2-year-old son Matt was diagnosed with what doctors said was terminal cancer. My wife, Jane, and I were told he probably wouldn’t last six weeks. I remember those nights when I’d rock my son to sleep. Ask any father and he’ll tell you how much pride you feel when you’re able to soothe your children and watch them drift off toRead More


Would you like to receive updates about new stories?






















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.