A White House official briefed Reform rabbis on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The governor of Brazil\’s most populous state attended the inauguration ceremony of a Jewish hospital\’s new unit.
Chief District Judge Linda Reade both coordinated with prosecutors and acted as judge in the contentious conviction of Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse operator Sholom Rubashkin, according to internal federal documents and court filings obtained by this reporter. According to the documents, Judge Reade personally participated in many aspects of the raid and prosecution “game plan” nearly from its planning inception in October, 2007 some six months before the raid and long before the ultimate trial of Rubashkin before her. Her continuous week-to-week involvement in the organization of the raid and ultimate prosecution was not disclosed to defense counsel or a House Judiciary Sub-Committee during hearings on the matter. Ultimately, Judge Reade sentenced Rubashkin to 27 years imprisonment for financial crimes related to the original immigration case. That sentence was two years longer than requested by prosecutors and startled many legal experts as inexplicably harsh.
California Rabbis respond to the recent overturning Proposition 8
Robin Tyler’s home was full of television and radio reporters Wednesday afternoon, awaiting her reaction to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn
Walker’s ruling on Proposition 8, and Tyler, a longtime gay activist, didn’t disappoint when Walker ruled that the voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Tyler has been fighting for gay rights since 1971, and she sees the Walker’s ruling as monumental.
Proposition 8 was overturned in part because it placed “the force of [U.S.] law behind stigmas against gays and lesbians,” according to a ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. Just days before, in a statement released in late July that draws extensively on Jewish law, a group of Orthodox rabbis and educators wrote that even though halachah prohibits homosexual sex and same-sex relationships, gay Jews in their communities shouldn’t be subjected to social stigma.
A federal judge in California has knocked down the state\’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state\’s controversial Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.
The world of philanthropy got a huge financial boost today as more than 30 American billionaires pledged to give away at least half of their fortunes to charitable causes, signing up to a campaign launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Natan Sharansky met with Russian-speaking youth from the former Soviet Union and Israel who are participating in an international summer camp in Israel.
A Jewish father of three was among the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut beer warehouse.