Claims Conference Faces Changes

Board members, outsiders, survivors to review of reparations organization's management in wake of fraud, but Berman survives as chairman.
07/09/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A “thorough analysis of the current management of the Claims Conference” — including a review of its administration and governance — was ordered Wednesday by its board of directors, some of whom criticized the leadership for keeping the board in the dark about a letter in 2001 alerting them to a fraud within the organization.

Vice President Greg Schneider, left, and Chairman Julius Berman.

Rabbi Lamm Cites His Mistakes As He Retires From Yeshiva University

06/30/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Nearly seven decades after he first entered Yeshiva University as a student, five decades after he began teaching at the school, 37 years after he became its president and a decade after he stepped down from that post, Rabbi Norman Lamm this week retired from his last, mostly ceremonial, positions at YU.

Rabbi Norman Lamm: Says mistakes were well-intentioned. Photo courtesy Rabbinical Council of America

Child Struck By Lightning At URJ Summer Camp Remains Critical

06/29/2013 - 20:00

Ethan Kadish, the only one of three campers still hospitalized after being struck by lightning last week at a Jewish camp in Indiana, remains in critical but stable condition.

The 12-year-old from Cincinnati requires help with his breathing and needs his chest cleared, according to his family, who set up a website,, to provide updates on his condition.

“Ethan continues to work with his medical team on recovery,” the Kadish family wrote. “We want to let all of you know that his recovery is going to take time.”

ADL And Other Jewish Groups Hail Ruling Against DOMA

06/25/2013 - 20:00

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.

SCOTUS Rulings: A Roller Coaster Ride For Liberal Jewish Groups

06/25/2013 - 20:00

A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy.

Farm Bill Politics Sink Amendment To Provide Kosher And Hallal Food To Needy

06/20/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

An amendment to the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program that would require goods suitable for people in religious communities passed the House of Representatives last week.

But the federal Farm Bill to which it was attached was defeated in the Republican-led House 234-195 on Thursday night because of objections to the extent of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) .

History, yes. Respect, well …

06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A rose by any other name, wrote Shakespeare, would smell as sweet. A rabbi by another name is an infinitely more complicated matter.

Maharats March Into Jewish World

First-ever ordination at Orthodox women’s seminary seen as ‘sea change,’ but steep hurdles persist.
06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It was a rite of spring, as graduations are.

But this one, like Stravinsky’s 100-year-old musical score, was a controversial and bold break with tradition and all that came before.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz, left with Maharats Ruth Balinsky Friedman, left, Rachel Kohl Finegold and Abby Brown Scheier. Joan Roth

Alabama Jews Denounce Farrakhan Appearance At Voting Rights Rally

06/12/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

An appearance Friday by Louis Farrakhan at a rally against changes in the Voting Rights Act mobilized the Birmingham Jewish Federation to educate the public about the Nation of Islam leader’s record of anti-Semitism.

Louis Farrakhan will be among speakers calling for continued protections of Voting Rights Act. Getty Images

Iran Election Seen Having Little Impact On Israel Stance

06/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Polls are predicting that about half of Iran’s 50 million eligible voters will go to the polls Friday to elect a new president, but Middle East expert Uzi Rabi said the winner in the six-man race is not expected to make any major changes in his dealings with Israel.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election crushed false hopes of reform in the 2009 election. Getty Images
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