Take action for women’s rights to birth control

The officers and board members of NA’AMAT USA, a national and international organization promoting the welfare rights of women, children and families in Israel and around the world, strongly oppose the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case allowing employers to refuse to pay for birth control coverage.

Jews to Blow the Shofar in the People’s Climate March NYC on September 21

The People’s Climate March is mobilizing people of all backgrounds to demand political progress toward a world safe from the ravages of climate change, with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. Already over 90 Jewish organizations have signed up to bring marchers.

Bar-Ilan University tops Israel Consulate General in NY’s list of Operation Protective Edge analysts

A quarter of the Operation Protective Edge analysts on the Israel Consulate General in New York’s recommended list for media and community relations officials come from Bar-Ilan University. They are Prof. Efraim Inbar, of Bar-Ilan’s Begin-Sadat Center, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, of Bar-Ilan’s Political Science Department, and Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, Deputy President of BIU.

Rabbi Sperber of Bar-Ilan University advocates for agunot rights

Speaking in New York City, Rabbi Daniel Sperber decried what he views as the “radical move to the extreme right” by many rabbis dealing with get issues. A world-renowned Torah scholar at Bar-Ilan University, Sperber said compassionate solutions should be found within Jewish law to help agunot.

ZOA: Abbas’ Fatah Threatens To “Crush Zionist Enemy” & To Kidnap Israelis In Order To Extort Release Of Jailed Palestinian Terrorists

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a U.S.- and European-designated terrorist group and armed wing of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, the dominant party controlling the Palestinian Authority (PA), has threatened to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to extort the release by Israel of convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists in Israel.

JOFA is Proud of Rabbi Asher Lopatin and Ashamed of the Rabbis Denouncing Him

A group of Orthodox rabbis recently made a statement supposedly on behalf of the Orthodox community. We would like to make it clear that despite their pronouncements, they do not speak for us. In fact, we find their letter to be an embarrassment to the religion that they claim to represent.

JOFA Statement About the Arrest of Rabbis Using Violence to Force Men to Grant Their Wives a Gett

Recent news stories regarding divorces being obtained through violent and criminal means have caused concern about how the Orthodox community is dealing with agunot, women chained in unwanted marriages. JOFA responds to these concerns as follows: We unequivocally condemn the practice in which rabbis, under the guise of freeing women from their dead marriages, are …

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ADL Condemns Attack on Jews in Sydney, Calls for Enactment of Hate Crime Laws in Australia

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called for a thorough investigation into the violent, anti-Semitic gang-style attack on a group of six Jews in Sydney, Australia on Friday night, calling the assault “unconscionable and shocking” and “hauntingly reminiscent of what happened to Jews on the streets of Europe in the 1930s.” The League called on the Australian government to consider the passage of stronger hate crime laws that could serve as a deterrent to similar bigoted acts in the future.

ZOA Applauds PM Netanyahu’s Promise To Stop Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program, Even If It Has To Act Alone

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the UN General Assembly, in which he unequivocally stated that Israel would not permit the Shia Islamist extremist regime in Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and that, if necessary, Israel would resort to military action alone if no other option was available to achieve that vital objective.

ADL Praises Netanyahu’s ‘Rational and Emotional’ Appeal to Maintain Iran Sanctions

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his important speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he issued a powerful appeal to the international community to maintain a strong sanctions regime against Iran while it is testing a diplomatic approach.

Kerry’s Proclaiming An “Unbelievably Small” Attack On Syria Deserves Unbelievably Small Support

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for stating yesterday, with regard to the prospect of the U.S. launching military operations against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, that the U.S. will be promoting “a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort … unbelievably small, limited kind of effort”

ZOA: Why Is Obama Contemplating Military Strike On Syria, Where No Massive Security Risk To U.S. Exists, But Not Iran, Which Is Developing Nuclear Weapons?

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has queried why President Barack Obama is contemplating military strikes against the evil Bashar Assad regime in Syria — whose brutality in the current bloody and tragic Syrian civil war is conspicuously clear, but does not directly endanger the United States and its allies — but has refused to contemplate military strikes against Iran, whose ongoing development of a nuclear weapons capacity does pose a direct threat to the United States.

ZOA Calls On Pres. Obama & World Leaders To Condemn Muslim Brotherhood Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon President Barack Obama and world leaders, national and religious, to condemn the wave of Muslim Brotherhood-led anti-Christian murders and other violence in Egypt which, in recent days, has seen hundreds of Christians murdered and maimed and wounded; and over 40 churches burned down, destroyed and vandalized.

ADL Calls for ‘A New Jackson-Vanik’ in Response to Anti-Gay Bigotry and Harassment in Russia

In response to a new national law in Russia prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” and fallout from the law’s passage that has brought about an upsurge in violence targeting gays and lesbians, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the United States to impose penalties if the Russian government does not “step backward on this issue of basic human rights.”

ZOA: Criticizes ‘Glaring Hypocrisy’ – Obama Critical of Mexican Release of Murderer Of An American, Yet Pressured Israel To Release 104 Terrorists Who Murdered Hundreds Of Israelis

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the glaring hypocrisy and inconsistency of President Barack Obama criticizing Mexican authorities for freeing a killer of an American while having pressured Israel, not only into freeing 104 terrorists who murdered, injured and maimed hundreds of Israeli men, women and children, but also a terrorist who murdered an American.

ZOA Critical of Sec. Kerry’s Describing Jewish Communities in Judea/Samaria & E. J’lem As “Illegitimate”

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for stating that this week that “The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate.” (‘US State Department displeased with new 1,000 settlement units’ bid, while Netanyahu meets with German FM, claims EU’s settlement ban “hardens Palestinian positions,”‘ Yediot Ahronot, August 13, 2013).

ADL Calls for ‘A New Jackson-Vanik’ in Response to Anti-Gay Bigotry and Harassment in Russia

In response to a new national law in Russia prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” and fallout from the law’s passage that has brought about an upsurge in violence targeting gays and lesbians, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the United States to impose penalties if the Russian government does not “step backward on this issue of basic human rights.”

Hiddush calls on the International Tennis Federation to respect religious freedom in the Davis Cup

In response to the recent controversy over the Belgium-Israel Davis Cup match scheduled to take place on Yom Kippur, Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel called on the International Tennis Federation to respect the Israeli Tennis Association’s right to freedom of religious expression.

AJC: Egypt’s Coptic Community Needs Protection

AJC is appalled by the ongoing, targeted attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community. One of the oldest churches in Egypt, built in the 4th century, the Virgin Mary in Minya, was destroyed by fire Aug. 14, an Egyptian human rights activist has tweeted. Media have reported attacks on churches in in the city of Suez and churches in other villages were also attacked, according to media reports.

Wisconsin Jewish Leaders & ADL Decry Anti-Semitic Signs

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Wisconsin Jewish Conference (WJC), the Jewish Federation of Madison, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemn the placement of six anti-Semitic signs found on public and private property in Algoma, Wisconsin. “Kill the Jews,” “No Jews Welcome,” “Jew go back to where you came from,” and repeated usage of swastikas adorned some of the signs found in Algoma last week.

ZOA Criticizes Silence Over Persecution and Violence Against Middle Eastern Christians

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the appalling veil of silence that hangs over the increasing persecution and flight of historic Christian communities in the Middle East in the face of assault, violence, threat and intimidation by radical Muslims.

Rabbinical Assembly Executive Available to Discuss Religious Community’s Efforts to Combat Global Sex Trafficking

With yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it has arrested more than 150 men on charges that they forced underage young women into prostitution, Rabbinical Assembly Executive Vice President Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is available to discuss the religious community’s engagement in combating global human trafficking.

Reform Jewish Leader Comments on Senate Tax Reform

As the Senate Finance Committee began a serious discussion of tax reform led by Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, sent the letter below to Senators reflecting on key provisions in the tax code that ensure progressivity, including the EITC, charitable deduction, estate tax and parsonage exemption.

Hadassah Supports Netanyahu’s, Kerry’s Leadership in Resumption of Peace Talks

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed support for the United States, Israel and the Palestinians, who are coming together this week for direct negotiations toward Middle East peace. Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, released the following statement.

Jewish Federations Praise Announcement of Resumed Final Status Negotiations

The Jewish Federations welcomed the official announcement of resumed final status negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees Chair Michael Siegal expressed his appreciation for Secretary Kerry’s leadership, as well as for the two parties for their good-faith efforts to return to the negotiating table.

Rabbinical Assembly Welcomes Announcement About Resumed Middle East Peace Talks

In response to the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that Secretary of State John Kerry has brought Israeli and Palestinian leadership together this week to meet in Washington to resume peace talks, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international umbrella organization for Conservative rabbis, released the following statement.