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Kagan Wins Senate Confirmation to Supreme Court

08/05/2010

(JTA) -- Elana Kagan became the third Jewish justice on the current U.S. Supreme Court with her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

The Senate approved the nomination of Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, in a 63-37 vote Thursday.

Kagan, 50, joins Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer as Jewish justices on the high court. She becomes the court's 112th justice and the fourth woman to serve, including Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the current panel.

California Gay Marriage Reversal Angers, Satisfies Jewish Groups

08/05/2010

(JTA) -- Jewish groups on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate reacted to a federal court's decision to repeal California's Proposition 8.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday overturned Proposition 8, which defines marriage under state law as only between a man and woman, ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

He stated that the freedom to marry is recognized as a fundamental right protected by the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Mass. Pension Fund to Divest From Iran

08/04/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA ) -- The Massachusetts state Legislature adopted a measure requiring the state’s pension fund to divest from foreign oil and gas companies that do more than $20 million in business with Iran.

The legislation, which passed by a wide margin July 29, is similar to bills adopted in Florida and Ohio.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the new federal sanctions against Iran encourage the states to pass such bills. Frank, a strong supporter of the bill, wrote letters to the state speaker of the house and Senate president urging them to vote for it.

Will Chelsea Clinton - Marc Mezvinsky Union Weaken Co-officiation Taboo?

Strong opposition to rabbi-minister weddings, but some cracks appearing.

08/04/2010
Associate Editor

 A ketubah behind them, the bride and groom stood under a chupah with a rabbi, listened to friends recite the Sheva Brachot — and at the end of the ceremony, the tallit-wearing groom stepped on a glass.

But Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s long-awaited wedding Saturday night was not your average Jewish ceremony. 

That’s not just because the parents held aloft on chairs at the reception included a former U.S. president, the current U.S. secretary of state and two former members of Congress. 

Marc and Chelsea under the chupah: Intermarriage for the ages.

New Threats As Crisis Deepens At Young Israel

Thirty-five congregations press for special meeting with leadership to amend constitution.

08/04/2010
Staff Writer

The schism between the National Council of Young Israel and its member synagogues deepened this week amid fears by some congregants that the donations they make to their local synagogues might be subject to seizure by the National Council.

Those concerns surfaced in the wake of the recent aborted attempt to seize the assets of a member synagogue in upstate New York. 

Wrist-Slap Deal Struck With Torah ‘Charlatan’

07/29/2010
Staff Writer

A Maryland Torah scribe whose dramatic claims of rescuing Holocaust-era scrolls came under suspicion earlier this year has agreed to stop making such assertions unless he can prove them, according to an agreement reached with Maryland’s Attorney General.

ADL Downgrades Swastika As Jewish Hate Symbol

Watchdog group adopts new, conservative reporting
of incidents against Jews.

07/28/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The painting of a swastika — that dark, ubiquitous signature of hateful vandals everywhere — is no longer automatically considered an act of anti-Semitism under new guidelines for recording attacks against Jews announced this week by the Anti-Defamation League.

The most prominent Jewish defense agency in the country, perhaps in the world, announced on Tuesday that it has revamped its guidelines for recording anti-Semitic incidents in its annual survey for the first time in 30 years, taking a more conservative approach.

Has the swastika become a general symbol of hate?

Oliver Stone apologizes for Jewish accusations

07/27/2010

(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone apologized for saying in an interview that the Jewish lobby controls Washington's foreign policy and that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also had said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

Daniel Schorr, crusading journalist, never forgot his Jewish roots

07/26/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It took about seven years for Daniel Schorr to tire of being a journalist for Jewish media.

The distaste of digesting for JTA's readers the news of the emerging Holocaust, combined with what he saw as the blinkered parochialism of Jewish news, led him to quit JTA in 1941 and search for work elsewhere.

But Schorr never stopped being a Jewish journalist: events and his conscience would not let him.

Oliver Stone decries Jewish lobby’s power

07/26/2010
JTA

(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone in an interview decried what he called the Jewish lobby's control over Washington's foreign policy and said that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

Jewish organizational and Israeli officials condemned the remarks, which were published Sunday.

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