JTS Facing $2 Million Budget Shortfall

Staff Writer
The Jewish Theological Seminary is facing a new financial crisis and plans to dip into what its new chancellor calls a “rainy day fund” to cover a $2.2 million budget shortfall, The Jewish Week has learned.

Picking A Fight With Clinton?

Jewish groups divided over an all-out campaign by the pro-Israel lobby against a rumored administration squeeze on Israel.

Washington Correspondent
Picking A FightWith Clinton? The drill used to be simple. In times of tension between the United States and Israel, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee would lobby lawmakers to sign statements and letters to the administration backing Jerusalem. And the members would sign on, to pretty much universal applause from organized Jewry.

New Restitution Panel Gets Bipartisan Support

Democrats and Republicans seem to be in complete accord on a proposal to set up a special commission to look for Holocaust-era assets in this country. Last week, the Clinton administration and Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.)

Washington correspondent
New Restitution PanelGets Bipartisan Support

Feds Win Convictions In Hamas ‘Charity’ Case

Staff Writer
In convicting five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation Monday for financing the Hamas terrorist organization under the cover of a charity, a federal jury disregarded defense claims that the case was contrived by Israel. “All of these folks had charged that this was a politically motivated trial and that Jews and Israel were behind it,” said Mark Briskman, regional director of the North Texas office of the Anti-Defamation League.

UJA-Fed. Prepared To Tap Reserves

Staff Writer
As a global recession looked increasingly likely this week, officials at UJA-Federation of New York said they were prepared to dip into their reserves to help sustain vital services here for those in need. “The reserves will be available during acute crises, whether to rescue Jews globally or to assure that those in our community can live in dignity,” said John Ruskay, the organization’s executive vice president and CEO.

Orthodox Rabbis Now Tie Kashrut To Ethics

Staff Writer
Mainstream Orthodox rabbis have for the first time affirmed that kosher food must not only be prepared in a certain way but that the company doing the work must comply with specific ethical standards. The centrist Orthodox group, the 1,000-member Rabbinical Council of America, announced last week that it was establishing a task force to develop business and professional ethical guidelines. The RCA is the rabbinic authority of the Orthodox Union, which provides kosher supervision to 3,000 companies.

Palin Nomination Stirs, Worries Jewish Delegates

Staff writer and Washington Correspondent
St. Paul, Minn. — Despite spin-control efforts by party leaders, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate set off ripples of anxiety at this week’s Republican National Convention here, especially among Jewish delegates who worry that her views on foreign policy are a blank slate. “There has been a lot of consternation all day,” admitted Fred Zeidman, a Houston businessman and co-chair of Jewish outreach for the McCain campaign, when asked about the impact of Palin’s selection on Jewish voters.

McCain’s Jewish Outreach Tactics Questioned

Staff Writer
Just days before the Republican National Convention was to nominate Sen.  John McCain for president, the campaign called upon former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to play hardball for the Jewish vote.

Three Strikes, But Not Out

Religious groups seeking more government support for parochial schools took it on the chin Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear yet another case arising from the Kiryas Joel controversy.

Washington Correspondent
Three Strikes, But Not Out Religious groups seeking more government support for parochial schools took it on the chin Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear yet another case arising from the Kiryas Joel controversy. And a second decision may have knocked some of the wind out of the effort to provide tuition vouchers for students at parochial and private schools, a top priority for Orthodox groups.

Rebellion Brewing in Conservative Movement

Staff Writer
A mini rebellion is brewing in the Conservative movement.   After being denied input into the selection of a new top professional at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, a group of Conservative rabbis, lay leaders and cantors has requested an urgent meeting with USCJ lay leaders.   "We are writing to you to continue what we believe is an urgent conversation on which hangs nothing less than the future of the Conservative Movement," said the letter to Raymond B. Goldstein, the United Synagogue's international president.
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