Monday, January 26, 2015 Shevat 6, 5775

The prospect of a third Jew on the U.S. Supreme Court -- and the second Jewish woman -- is both exciting and mind-boggling. In many ways, Elena Kagan's story exemplifies par excellence the typical Jewish American story: the granddaughter of Russian immigrants whose parents instilled a strong commitment to education and social justice. And by most accounts, Kagan's Jewish connections...
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Divestment Bill Was Just the Right Thing to Do New legislation in Pennsylvania will send a clear message to foreign companies: If you want to do business in this state, then cut your ties to the terrorists in Iran and Sudan. A nuclear Iran and a genocidal regime in Sudan will no longer be aided with Pennsylvania dollars under a...
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By:
Nathan Diament
Lynn Schusterman, a passionate philanthropic leader in the American Jewish community, has called upon Jewish organizations to adopt policies that will foster greater inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Jews in the community. In a recent piece published in these pages, Schusterman asked Jewish organizations to join her foundation "in adopting non-discrimination hiring policies that specifically mention sexual orientation...
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By:
Menachem Genack
The severe sentence of 27 years in prison for Sholom Rubashkin is a victory for a prosecution that from the outset pursued a win-at-all-costs strategy. But the success comes at a price, and not just to the 51-year-old facing a virtual life sentence, his wife and children. The government's handling of this case has sullied our justice system. One recalls...
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By:
Lynn Schusterman
Next week, as millions of people around the world celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, we in the Jewish community will mark the occasion with a milestone: the first-ever LGBT Movement Building Convening, to be held June 27-29 in California. Organized by the leading Jewish LGBT organizations, Keshet and Nehirim, the event will bring together 100 leaders of...
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