EXCLUSIVE: Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud

Uriel Heilman JTA Wire Service The Claims Conference in recent days has blamed a now-dead regional director for bungling an early warning in 2001 about a massive fraud scheme that wasn’t halted until 2009. But a document obtained by JTA shows top conference officials were sufficiently concerned by the allegations that they launched their own… Read More

Jewish leaders express shock and condolences after Boston Marathon attack

JNS.org While the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon continues to unfold, Jewish leaders in Boston and Israel have expressed shock and sympathy for the victims. Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), told JNS.org, “I’m very shocked; it’s a horrible moment for our community. It’s a… Read More

Boston Marathon bombings: Jewish runner recounts ‘gruesome day’

Bob Jacob Cleveland Jewish News/JNS.org Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget. That’s because just about 60 minutes after he concluded the race, two explosions rocked the finish line. “It’s a gruesome day,” Goodman, who lives in Cleveland, told the Cleveland Jewish News from the Fairmont Copley Hotel, where he… Read More

Holocaust museum honors survivors and veterans at 20th anniversary

Standing together and ignoring the rainy, chilly weather of an April morning in 1993, recently inaugurated President Bill Clinton joined Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel to officially open the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Fittingly, rain fell again on Monday when the two joined more than 800 Holocaust survivors, nearly 150… Read More

Anti-Defamation League Celebrates 100 Years With Three-Day Conference

The Anti-Defamation League celebrated its 100th birthday by staging a three-day conference on anti-Semitism in America and abroad and on the need to combat all forms of terrorism and hate crimes. “We delude ourselves if we believe that the dark forces have been conquered,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as he addressed a crowd… Read More

Jury Out on Hagel

Jewish groups nationally are div-ided while others are taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Local leaders appear to reflect a guarded approach yet question Hagel’s views on Iran. “Obviously the Jewish community has some concerns,” said Baltimore Jewish Coalition Executive Director Dr. Arthur Abramson. “I… Read More

Spiritual Guidance

What kind of reaction does the heinous murder of 20 school children require? How do we make peace with what happened last Friday and how do we move on? Area rabbis addressed these questions and others in sermons last Shabbat. The following are excerpts from their talks: Rabbi Dana Saroken Beth El Congregation As rabbis,… Read More

Massacre

Funerals for the 20 6- and 7-year-old victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting took place this week, beginning on Monday with the burial of Noah Pozner. Pozner, the youngest and only reported Jewish victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, was gunned down alongside his classmates and six school employees last Friday, when Adam… Read More