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Northeastern pro-Palestinian group’s actions raise civil rights concerns
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 3, 2014

American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestine student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation. The CONTINUE »

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GOP Jews focus on Israel, while contenders focus on Adelson
BY Anthony Weiss, JTA
April 3, 2014

LAS VEGAS — The GOP Jewish faithful descended in force on Sin City, turning out in record numbers and striking a feisty, combative tone at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference. According to organizers, some 400 people attended the gathering, where they were feted with poker and golf tournaments and wooed by presidential hopefuls. “In CONTINUE »

BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 27, 2014

Underdog Republican candidate David Jolly’s victory in Florida’s 13th congressional district on March 11 is being hotly debated by both sides of the aisle on whether the contest is an indicator of things to come in the 2014 midterm election later this year. The district west of Tampa is like many in Florida, home to CONTINUE »

Southern California’s Beth El to move against Bethesda man
BY Suzanne Pollak
March 20, 2014

A California synagogue is expected to file criminal charges against its former executive director, Eric Levine, a Bethesda resident who most recently worked for Adas Israel Congregation in the District, for allegedly stealing almost $400,000 over a five-year period. “We anticipate that criminal charges are going to be filed,” said Sonia Israel, president of Congregation CONTINUE »

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Jewish organizations take either side in Supreme Court case
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 20, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 25 on two prominent cases that could have far-reaching effects on Jewish-owned businesses and their employees. Both challenge the legality of an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring firms with more than 50 employees to provide contraception coverage as part of their insurance policies. Jewish organizations have CONTINUE »