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Tender Is The Fight

02/18/2000
Staff Writer

Has there ever been a more reluctant, gentle revolutionary than Blu Greenberg? For 30 years she has personified Orthodox feminism, and perhaps it is her very reluctance, her very tenderness to the tradition that has eased Orthodox minds and made possible Orthodox feminismís ìvelvet revolution,î to use Vaclav Havelís phrase.

A Cancerous Rhetoric

02/25/2000
Staff Writer

Letís play ìWho Wants To Be An Anti-Semitic Millionaire.î Last week, a world-famous person called attempts to ìJudaizeî Jerusalem a cancer and received a pledge of $42 million to fight it. Letís see, was it Louis Farrakhan? Holocaust denier (diminisher, actually) David Irving? Syriaís Assad? Austriaís Joerg Haider? So many bad people to choose from. Answer and details below.

Call To Throw Book At Ahmadinejad

12/22/2006
Staff Writer
Historians often question how clear signals from people who are about to commit acts of barbarity could have been missed. The question now facing the world, said America’s outgoing United Nations ambassador, John Bolton, is whether the threats of Iran’s president constitute “one of those historic moments.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “has made statements denying the Holocaust and he has said Israel should be wiped off the map,” Bolton told a gathering of Jewish leaders and lawmakers here.

Rabbis Consider Workplace Certification

12/22/2006
Staff Writer
Saying the eating of kosher food is a “religious obligation,” the Conservative movement revealed this week that it has established a commission to investigate reports of unsafe working conditions at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant.

Epstein: ‘Rethink’ Ban On ‘Patrilineal’ Kids

12/15/2006
Staff Writer
Saying that children of non-Jewish mothers would benefit from a Jewish day school education, a Conservative leader has proposed that such children be admitted to the movement’s Solomon Schechter Day Schools with the understanding that they are expected to eventually convert to Judaism.

Testing The Waters On Gay Ordination

12/15/2006
Staff Writer
As the Conservative movement began grappling this week with the implications of the landmark Law Committee ruling paving the way for gay ordination, thousands of Conservative Jewish leaders are to shortly be polled for their opinion on the issue.

Conservatives OK Gay Ordination

12/01/2006
Staff Writer
Homosexual Jews may now be ordained as Conservative rabbis and rabbis now may perform same-sex unions, according to a landmark ruling Wednesday by the movement’s rabbinical committee that interprets Jewish law. At the same time, the committee also upheld the current ban on gay rabbis or teachers, or other leadership positions. The split decision, rendered after two days of deliberations here by the 25-member Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, was made possible because five position papers were considered and each needed only six votes to be considered valid.

New NCSY Chief: Lanner ‘Behind Us’

07/11/2003
Staff Writer
The sex abuse scandal that rocked the Orthodox Union’s National Conference on Synagogue Youth three years ago is “now behind us,” insists the group’s newly appointed national youth director, Zale Newman, who has announced a major recruitment effort. Newman, a 35-year veteran of NCSY activities — almost all on a volunteer basis — is retiring from a lucrative financial services business in Toronto to assume the top post of the youth organization, which focuses on outreach to teenagers.

Suit Filed Over Nazi-Looted Artwork

10/29/2004
Staff Writer
Multi-billion-dollar lawsuits against Russia, Hungary and Germany were filed in Manhattan Federal Court Wednesday seeking compensation or the return of artwork looted by the Nazis and kept by those countries. Joram Deutsch, a spokesman for the plaintiffs, said the artwork has been “documented as being stolen from Holocaust victims” and that the three countries have “taken the position that they can retain the paintings or delay their return, regardless of their origin.”

Leaders Here Debate Backing Gaza Pullout

10/22/2004
Staff Writer
The umbrella organization representing American Jewry is planning to issue a statement this week saying a majority of its members support the Gaza disengagement plan. But a draft circulated at midweek falls short of an outright endorsement by the Conference on Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to several members who have seen the statement.
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