Worries Build As GOP Seen Pushing Bills To Rally Base

June 29, 2006 at 2:01 pm | Posted in political parties | Leave a comment

(Forward) In the face of Republican efforts in Congress to rally the party’s conservative base, Jewish organizations are stepping up efforts to push liberal positions on several legislative fronts.

With fewer than 50 workdays left in the 109th Congress, and lawmakers increasingly focused on November’s midterm elections, Capitol Hill’s Republican leadership is moving up votes on several pieces of legislation favored by conservatives. For example, in recent weeks congressional Republicans have been pressing for constitutional amendments banning flag burning and gay marriage, as well as for legislation repealing the federal estate tax. At the same time, Jewish organizations are actively opposing conservatives on measures involving immigration, reproductive rights and the separation of church and state.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/8031

Religious Bodies Move To Probe Conditions At Kosher Meat Plant

June 26, 2006 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) Two key national bodies of Conservative Judaism have created a task force to investigate and respond to complaints of substandard working conditions at the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, first described in a Forward investigation.

Separately, initial steps have been taken by national bodies of Orthodox Judaism to examine the validity of the allegations and explore possible responses. Sources among Orthodox leadership said the steps came in response to expressions of alarm from “members and constituents.”

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7998

Presbyterians Revise Israel Investing Policy

June 22, 2006 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Divestment, Israel | Leave a comment

(NY Times) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted yesterday to back off from a decision it made two years ago to pursue divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s involvement in the Palestinian territories.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/us/22divest.html?

In Wal-Mart’s Home, Synagogue Signals Growth

June 20, 2006 at 7:03 am | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(NY Times) Residents of Benton County, in the northwest corner of Arkansas, are proud citizens of the Bible Belt. At last count, they filled 39 Baptist, 27 United Methodist and 20 Assembly of God churches. For decades, a local hospital has begun meetings with a reading from the New Testament and the library has featured an elaborate Christmas display.

Then the Wal-Mart Jews arrived.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/20/business/20synagogue.html

Are Jews Christians?

June 16, 2006 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Identity, political parties | 1 Comment

(Forward) Conservative pundit — and controversy magnet — Ann Coulter made waves last week when excerpts from her new book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” revealed a withering attack on 9/11 widows. “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much,” she said.

Overlooked, however, is a peculiar bit of classification that Coulter makes in a footnote on her book’s third page, where, with a stroke of the pen, she converts the world’s Jews into Christians. “Throughout this book,” she writes, “I often refer to Christians and Christianity because I am a Christian and I have a fairly good idea of what they believe, but the term is intended to include anyone who subscribes to the Bible of the God of Abraham, including Jews and others.”

Available from http://www.forward.com/articles/7986

YDAJC Meetings in Las Vegas – June 9 & 11, 2006

June 8, 2006 at 9:22 am | Posted in Announcements, Announcements + Events, Events | Leave a comment

Come join the YDA Jewish Caucus in Las Vegas this weekend for our general meeting on June 9th at 5:45 PM and our strategic planning retreat on June 11th at 1:00PM.

June 9, 2006
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Margarita’s Cantita
Fronteir Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

YDAJC General Meeting
With Speakers:

Bobby Feldman and Sam Leiberman
Israel Politics and Local Politics from a Jewish Perspective

June 11, 2006
1:00 PM
Strategic Planning Retreat
Las Vegas, NV

Please email me if you are interested in attending.

Birthright welcomes 100,000th participant

June 5, 2006 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(Jerusalem Post) This week, Israel welcomed Taglit-birthright israel’s 100,000th participant. This individual, like the 99,999 before him, is struggling to make sense of his life’s major passages – the transition period from youth to adulthood, when decisions are made about values and lifestyle that will influence decades of decision-making.

Read more at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1148482112728

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