Tag: Congress

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, diagnosed with brain cancer, has a message for Congress

(JTA) — Rabbi Rachel Cowan is no stranger to helping others who are ill or caring for sick loved ones. In 1990 she was one of the co-founders of the Jewish Healing Center, a pioneer in a Jewish healing movement that provides spiritual resources and wisdom to help people deal with the suffering that surrounds personal loss and serious illness.

As the longtime director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York, she helped direct grants for programs that addressed the spiritual…

Reform movement joins health advocacy groups in urging rejection of Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reform movement joined an array of health advocacy groups in urging the U.S. Senate to reject a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama presidency health care reform legislation.

“Every U.S. Senator should vote no on health care repeal,” said the full-page ad appearing Monday in The New York Times signed by 28 groups.

The majority of groups were major health care advocacy organizations, including the Cancer Advocacy Network, the March of Dimes, the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Union for Reform Judaism was among…

Trump administration slaps Iran with new sanctions after recertifying nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hours after recertifying the Iran nuclear deal President Donald Trump decried as a candidate, his administration slapped new sanctions on the country’s ballistic missile program.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security and prosperity,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Tuesday.

The statement targeted 18 entities and individuals “supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program and for supporting Iran’s military procurement or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as an Iran-based transnational criminal organization and associated persons.” It…

Trump’s lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel, experts say

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her.

Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s efforts in trying to head off last week’s vote by UNESCO’s Heritage Committee naming Hebron’s Old City an endangered heritage site. And he believes the joint U.S.-Israeli bid to kill a resolution Israel saw as one-sided might have succeeded had a U.S. official of Haley’s caliber been onsite in Krakow, where the vote took place. (Haley conducted her efforts…

New DNA identified in AMIA Jewish center bombing points to suicide attack

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A new set of DNA has been identified among the 85 fatalities in the AMIA Jewish center attack in Buenos Aires, strengthening the hypothesis that the 1994 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The discovery was announced Monday by the AMIA Special Investigation Unit of the General Prosecution two weeks before the 23rd anniversary of the bombing, which also injured hundreds. The final report after two years of investigation by a forensics team reveals for the first time the existence of a genetic profile among the reserved remains in the laboratory of…