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Museum Defends Choice As NewCharges Surface

Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, under siege because of their appointment of John Roth to head a new academic think tank in Washington, this week voted overwhelmingly to reaffirm that decision.

06/19/1998
Washington Correspondent
Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, under siege because of their appointment of John Roth to head a new academic think tank in Washington, this week voted overwhelmingly to reaffirm that decision.   But only hours after that vote, yet another troublesome article by Roth surfaced, sending council members scrambling. By Wednesday morning, the council was considering a motion to review the new material and to consider all documents relating to the appointment of the Claremont McKenna College scholar.  

A Vote for Vouchers

06/19/1998
Washington Correspondent
A Vote For Vouchers Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision upholding the use of government vouchers at parochial schools won’t change many opinions in a deeply divided Jewish community, but it may significantly change the political calculus for the issue. And the Wisconsin decision was written in a way that may work to the advantage of voucher supporters when the case goes before the Supreme Court. So far, opponents of the plan have not appealed, although they are expected to do so soon.

Leaders Defend Holocaust Scholar John Roth

Holocaust scholars this week are rallying around the appointment of John K. Roth as the first director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the newly created scholarly arm of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

06/12/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — Holocaust scholars this week are rallying around the appointment of John K. Roth as the first director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the newly created scholarly arm of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. And museum officials seem to be lining up behind the embattled scholar. Roth last week found himself under attack for a 1988 Los Angeles Times op-ed article that his attackers say “desecrates the memory” of Holocaust victims and compares Israel to the Nazis.

Christian Right Fails Test

06/12/1998
Washington Correspondent
Christian Right Fails Test In Washington, one of the first things legislators, lobbyists and aides learn to do is claim victory, no matter what the final vote. That was the drill for religious right activists last week after House Republicans couldn’t muster the votes to pass the Religious Freedom Amendment, which would legalize sectarian prayer in public schools and open the door to public funding of religious institutions.

Green Light To Iran?

Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran

05/22/1998
Washington Correspondent
Green Light To Iran? Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran, although none were ready to call out their troops on Capitol Hill. On Monday, President Bill Clinton, attending a U.S.-European Union economic summit in London, waived provisions of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) applying to Total SA in France, Russia’s Gazprom and Petronas in Malaysia.

Fireworks At AIPAC Gathering

05/15/1998
Washington Correspondent

Fireworks At AIPAC Gathering

This year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, which begins Sunday, will take place against a more dramatic backdrop than usual: a looming crisis in U.S.-Israel relations, an administration squeeze on Israel and tumult in the American Jewish community over how to respond.
AIPAC conferences are always at their best when there’s a big U.S.-Israel crisis, according to longtime observers of the pro-Israel lobby group. This year’s crisis should provide plenty of fireworks.

Hillary Plays it Safe at Hadassah

07/30/1999
Washington Correspondent
Washington — First Lady Hillary Clinton touched all the Jewish and pro-Israel bases and avoided treacherous curve balls in a Tuesday appearance before more than 2,100 delegates at Hadassah’s 85th national convention here.

Poll Reveals HolocaustKnowledge – And Gaps

04/24/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — In the first report card on American knowledge about the Holocaust and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum here, respondents indicated that they knew more about the destruction of European Jewry than many experts believed. More important, a solid majority of the sample — a representative cross-section of 1,641 Jews and non-Jews — said they see Holocaust education as vitally important in preventing new instances of persecution and genocide.

New Role For EuropeansIn Mideast Peace Talks?

04/24/1998
Washington Correspondent
New Role For EuropeansIn Mideast Peace Talks? This week’s flurry of Mideast diplomacy, which came during a visit to the region by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, reflected a decision in Washington to continue its mediation role and to avoid an all-out confrontation with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at least for now.

'Golden Boy' Merkin Said To Have Misled Jewish Investors, Groups

12/12/2008
Editor and Publisher
Bernard Madoff is not the only trustee of Yeshiva University who resigned in shame last week. While international attention continues to focus on Madoff, who faces charges for his alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme, some leaders in the Jewish community, particularly within Modern Orthodox institutions, are expressing shock and anger at the role played by J. Ezra Merkin, a prominent investment guru and philanthropist, who appears to have misled at least some investors.
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