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ADL And Other Jewish Groups Hail Ruling Against DOMA

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The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

The DOMA lawsuit had been brought by a Jewish woman, Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who was also Jewish, despite the fact that their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the state of New York, where they resided.

A Book For A Better Future

Writers, critics and publishers keep trying to refine their definition of a Jewish book, whether it’s a Jewish author, subject, or just sensibility. After meeting Molly Melching when she spoke at a breakfast sponsored by the American Jewish World Service, I’d vote to stretch the category. “However Long the Night,” which was written about Melching’s tremendous humanitarian work in helping African women, is essential reading – it’s a book about transforming the world.

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The JW's 'God-Talk'

AJWS CEO Ruth Messinger sees God as a 'force for justice.'

Special To The Jewish Week

Ruth Messinger left a 20-year career in politics, including Manhattan borough president, in 1988 to become president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), supporting human rights for marginalized people around the world. Alfredo Borodowski is executive director of the Skirball Center for Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-el and founding rabbi of Larchmont’s Congregation Sulam Yaakov.

Ruth Messinger

Applying Jewish Values On A Mission To Liberia

Special To The Jewish Week

Who would want to go to Africa in June? The American Jewish World Service, that’s who, and the 30 people, myself included, who -- despite three connecting flights, the height of the rainy season, and temperatures in the 80s -- signed up for its Liberian study tour.

Jewish Leaders Fast Against Budget Cuts


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.

The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now under consideration in Congress that would target overseas food aid and domestic programs that provide food stamps, subsidized meals for preschoolers and their mothers, and subsidized heating for the poor.

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