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Senate passes hate crimes bill - but jet controversy could kill it

Here’s the good news for the ADL and other Jewish groups that have fought for it for than a decade: the Senate today passed a new hate crimes bill expanding coverage of existing statutes to include, among others, gays and lesbians. The House already passed the measure.

Senate passes hate crimes bill - but jet controversy could kill it

Friday, July 17th, 2009 Here’s the good news for the ADL and other Jewish groups that have fought for it for than a decade: the Senate today passed a new hate crimes bill expanding coverage of existing statutes to include, among others, gays and lesbians. The House already passed the measure.

White House Jewish outreach on steroids

Friday, July 17th, 2009 Pretty much every Jewish reporter was focused this week on President Barack Obama’s meeting with 16 Jewish leaders at the White House – a presidential performance described as masterful even by some participants uneasy about his evolving Middle East policies and his determination to speak bluntly to Israel about issues such as settlements (read the Jewish Week story on the meeting here).

CUFI, Hagee coming to Washington, but where’s the buzz?

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 Christians United For Israel (CUFI) will be in town next week for its annual Washington Summit, and one thing I’ve noticed: the media hoopla that surrounded the group’s first few big Washington gatherings seems to have died down.

Human Rights Watch in Saudi Arabia: dumb, dumb dumb

I generally admire human rights watchdog groups, even if I agree they sometimes show a little more enthusiasm in criticizing Israel than in criticizing its neighbors.  Human Rights Watch has always struck me as reasonably fair and balanced – contrary to the views of some pro-Israel groups, which regard any criticism of Israel as blasphemy.

But for the life of me I can't figure out what the group was doing in Saudi Arabia recently, fundraising by allegedly bragging about their battles with the pro-Israel lobby here.

Madoff joins Pollard at NC jail

The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner.

Human Rights Watch in Saudi Arabia: dumb, dumb dumb.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 I generally admire human rights watchdog groups, even if they sometimes show a little more enthusiasm in criticizing Israel than in criticizing its neighbors.  Human Rights Watch has always struck me as a useful group in a world overflowing with human rights disasters – contrary to the views of some pro-Israel groups, which regard any criticism of Israel as blasphemy.

Hate crimes bill introduced …. again. Will this be the year?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.(), the Senate Judiciary chairman, has attached hate crimes legislation to the defense authorization bill. That’s good news for a bunch of Jewish groups, starting with the Anti-Defamation League, which have been pressing for the legislation – which would broaden existing federal hate crimes laws to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – for a decade.

Madoff joins Pollard at NC prison

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner. Bernie Madoff, sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to creating and operating a record-shattering Ponzi scheme that left some pensioners penniless and drove some Jewish charities to bankruptcy,  was transported on Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, NC – a medium security facility near Raleigh.

Are Lay Leaders Fiddling While Yeshivas Burn?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The lack of sustainability of what is now a $2 billion educational system that caters primarily to middle-class and lower-class students should have been anticipated long ago, when the number of kids in private Jewish schools began to skyrocket, as far back as the 1950s.

 

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