James Besser |
Jewish groups may be poised for a major burst of activism on the issue of torture and detainee abuse — an issue that until now has produced what one prominent activist called “shameful” silence from the Jewish community.
The shift was apparent in an interfaith ad in The New York Times on Wednesday arguing that “Torture is a Moral Issue” — a letter signed by the leader of the Conservative movement, as well as a Reform leader who has been an outspoken critic of administration policy on the issue. “
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
After the controversy over granting an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner, despite his vocal criticisms of Israel, Brandeis University may well change its policy on the selection process for such awards.
In a damning report, a federal investigation in late 2004 found that employees of one of the nation's major kosher slaughterhouses "had engaged in acts of inhumane slaughter," that federal inspectors did nothing to stop it and instead accepted gifts of meat from plant employees.
Further, the inspectors were found in their offices playing video games, the report said.
Despite strong protests by leading Republican members of Congress, the U.S. Air Force was expected to issue revised religious guidelines this week that continue to bar Christian chaplains from praying in Jesus' name during official government ceremonies and place restraints on Evangelical chaplains, The Jewish Week has learned.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to set aside a $116 million judgment against the Palestine Liberation Organization for its role in the murder of a Jewish couple near the West Bank in 1996, the lawyer representing the couple's children said the PLO continues to ignore the order.
Almost two months after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, prompting an outpouring of financial aid from the Jewish community, a fuller picture is first emerging about how the United Jewish Communities has spent about one-fourth of the $21.5 million it has raised.
That picture reveals the difficulties the organization has had in determining where the money would best be used, the thinking behind the allocation process, and the complexity of working with the federal government and other relief organizations.