Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, later renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.
Several Jewish organizations this week condemned a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that in effect strikes down a provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that has served as protection for otherwise disenfranchised voters for nearly a half-century.
With Secretary of State John Kerry set to arrive in the Middle East this week to try again to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, there were reports that both sides were taking steps to do just that.