House Urges Care for Elderly Holocaust Survivors

11/30/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution urging care for elderly Holocaust survivors.

Amar Calls on Netanyahu to Quash Military Conversion Bill

11/30/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar said he will no longer be responsible for any state conversions if the Knesset passes a bill requiring recognition of all military conversions.

In a letter sent to Benjamin Netanyahu, Amar called the prime minister to prevent the passage of the bill, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Amar has charged a committee to look into legal and halachic issues surrounding the military conversions. He asked Netanyahu to allow the committee to conclude its work before allowing the legislation to go forward.

Police Reviewing Shabbat Jaywalk Stop

Midwood rabbi says he was told to write his name or go to jail; pol calls for cops’ suspension.
11/30/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The NYPD is probing an incident last week involving an Orthodox jaywalker and a Brooklyn street cop he claims made him violate Shabbat.

If the allegation that the cop threatened to lock up Rabbi Shalom Emert unless he wrote down his name is true, the officer did not follow his training and showed unprofessional conduct, says an expert on police procedure.

Councilman David Greenfield says there was “no reason to force this observant Jew to transgress the Sabbath,” and suggests cops

WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets, Backroom Dealmaking—and Cluelessness

11/30/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables -- which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of U.S. diplomats -- reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong.

Again and again the cables show diplomats, lawmakers and heads of state predicting outcomes that never come to pass.

Quiet No Longer

What’s fueling Jewish community’s new outreach to blacks?
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Khayelitsha, South Africa — Standing in the shadows of a corrugated shack that serves as a day care center and elementary school for a dozen children in the middle of this black township near Cape Town, Xolelwa Bobo receives some good news from a visitor one recent morning. The visitor tells Bobo, a 20ish mother who runs the Sakhisizwe Education Center, that a philanthropist in England has agreed to provide funding that will upgrade the simple building.

As part of the Jewish engagement with South Africa, students from the Yeshiva College day school regularly volunteer.

The Delegitimization Dance

As federation system, Hillel launch new efforts, questions linger over how inclusive bid can be.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

When five young Jews disrupted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at last month’s Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly — yelling “the settlements delegitimize Israel,” “the occupation delegitimizes Israel” and “the loyalty oath delegitimizes Israel” — they were greeted with anger and quickly whisked out of the room.

BDS supporters demonstrate

Strategic Ties And Obama’s Kishkes

Are perceptions turning to reality on U.S.-Israel alliance?
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

A U.S.-Israel strategic relationship that has been a bulwark of Israel’s security for decades may be on the skids — not because of any material change in cooperation between the two military powers but because of the perception that President Barack Obama no longer regards Israel as a critical strategic partner.

Obama’s cool feeding concern about levels of trust. Getty Images

RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants

Critics see move as jeopardizing lives of Orthodox Jews; internal study cites ‘rabbinic confusion’ on issue.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In a move termed by one leading critic “an act of anti-Semitism” that may cause the medical community to deny organ transplants to Orthodox Jews, the central body of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. is backing away from using brain death as the indicator of death.

The move is significant because vital organs can be transplanted from people declared brain dead, but they are not viable if doctors have to wait for the heart and breathing to stop.

The Jewish Community’s $20,000 Gender Gap

Study of communal professionals finds women trailing men, even as they make up 70 percent of the field.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

What is the cost, in dollar terms, of being a woman employed in a Jewish communal organization? $20,000. Annually.

That was perhaps the most talked-about finding from a recent survey of Jewish Communal Professionals in North America, which was commissioned by the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA) and conducted by Steven M. Cohen of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner.

Congresswoman Calls For U.S. Inquiry On Rubashkin Sentence

11/29/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Saying the fraud sentencing of kosher meat king Shalom Rubashkin was disproportionate compared with sentences meted out to others who committed more serious crimes, Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to intervene.

Rep. Yvette Clarke
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