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U.S. House Extends Medicaid Funding

08/11/2010

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved the extension of vital Medicaid funding, which was a top priority of the Jewish community.

Jewish Schools Shop For Retailer’s Cash

Competition fierce for Kohl’s department store’s $10 million in grants.

08/11/2010
Staff Writer

 For Charlotte Jewish Day School, $500,000 could mean complete overhaul of school-wide technology, construction of a brand-new playground, or redevelopment of its individualized curriculum for 110 students.

“Jewish day school education, especially in cities where you’re the only Jewish day school, isn’t always on the front burner,” said Mariashi Groner, founder and director of the elementary school. With an extra half a million dollars, “We would be seen as a force to contend with,” she said.

Students at Silverstein Hebrew Academy of Great Neck, above, are among the top contenders for Kohl's $500,000 prize

Berman, Lowey Block Military Funding to Lebanon

08/10/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two members of Congress independently placed holds on military aid to Lebanon.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, separately blocked a $100 million security assistance package to the Lebanese military. Berman placed the hold Aug. 2, one day before the Lebanese military fired at Israeli soldiers working on the border, while Lowey’s hold came after the incident.

U.S. to Sell F-15 Fighter Jets to Saudis

08/09/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States plans to sell F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, but made clear to an anxious Israel that it won’t include long-range weapons systems.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the Obama administration said it would sell 84 F-15 planes to Saudi Arabia in a 10-year, $30 billion deal.

Rubashkin Lawyers Accuse Judge of Conflict of Interest

08/06/2010

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Lawyers for former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin accused the federal judge who presided over his case of a conflict of interest, filing emergency court papers demanding a retrial and her recusal.

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. 

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