For Marla Gilson, Leukemia Sparks Massive Jewish Bone Marrow Drive—And Fight With Employer


WASHINGTON (JTA) – Marla Gilson found out in January that she had acute leukemia.

By March, she learned that her disease had cost her not only her good health, but her job leading an advocacy group for the Jewish aged.

In quick succession, friends, colleagues and acquaintances in Washington’s Jewish activist community rallied to Gilson’s bedside to support her in her fight with her employer -- the Association of Jewish Aging Services -- and also to champion a wider cause: registering Ashkenazi Jews as potential bone marrow donors.

Conservative Rabbis Look Down The Road

At Rabbinical Assembly, it’s not about the organization, but the future.

Las Vegas — Listening to Conservative rabbis talk about their movement is like witnessing an intervention.

They talk of “saving” Conservative Judaism — and sometimes they blame the parents when things go wrong.

Rabbi Howard Hoffman, left, and Rabbi Arthur Rulnick.

Bombing Puts Crisis Fundraising In The Spotlight

AIPAC seen trying to capitalize on Jerusalem attack.
Staff Writer

Within hours of last week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent an e-mail blast to its supporters: “Israel is under terrorist attack — please help.”

“Dear Friend of Israel,” the e-mail began, “today terrorists exploded a package at a Jerusalem bus stop killing one person and injuring 30 others, 15 seriously. And in this last week alone, Gaza terrorists have bombarded Israeli towns with more than 50 rockets and mortars.”

New Story For People Of The Book

Incoming Jewish Funders Network leader urges community to look to the next chapter.
Editor And Publisher

Philadelphia — Andres Spokoiny, who was tapped this week to become the next president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, says he would like nothing less than to change the narrative of the Jewish people.

Introduced to the 325 attendees at the two-day annual conference whose theme this year was “What’s Your Story? The Power of Narrative to Drive Change,” the current CEO of the Jewish Federation in Montreal said in an interview Monday that “our story is no longer about kinship or the Holocaust; it’s not about the past.

Andres Spokoiny.

Gingrich: U.S. Run by “Anti-Christian and Anti-Jewish Elite”


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States under President Obama is "dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite," Newt Gingrich said.

Gingrich, the onetime speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a likely presidential candidate for 2012, spoke on March 25 at a meeting in Iowa of the American Family Association, Politico reported.

Jewish Leaders Fast Against Budget Cuts


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.

The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now under consideration in Congress that would target overseas food aid and domestic programs that provide food stamps, subsidized meals for preschoolers and their mothers, and subsidized heating for the poor.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies


(JTA) -- Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, who maintained a support for Israel after converting to Judaism in the late 1950s, has died.

Taylor, known for her violet eyes and her plethora of husbands, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks. She was 79.

Taylor converted to Judaism following the death of her third husband, Mike Todd, who was Jewish, in a plane crash and before marrying Jewish singer Eddie Fisher.

Helen Thomas Tells Playboy She Was ‘Fed Up’ With Israel


(JTA) -- An unrepentant Helen Thomas said in an interview with Playboy magazine that she knew exactly what she was doing when she said on camera that Jews "should get the hell out of Palestine."

"I knew I’d hit the third rail," she said in an interview published in the April issue of Playboy. "You cannot say anything about Israel in this country. But I’ve lived with this cause for many years. Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way.

Tikkun Editor Michael Lerner’s Home Attacked Again


(JTA) -- The northern California home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun magazine, was vandalized for the third time in less than a year.

Tuesday's attack came a day after Lerner presented the Tikkun Award for ethics to South African Justice Richard Goldstone at a celebration of Tikkun’s 25th anniversary attended by more than 600 people at the University of California, Berkeley.

New Jerusalem Embassy Bill Circulating in House


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Top Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a bill that would strip the president of his power to waive a law requiring him to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

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