Without Protest or Funding, Columbia Opens Center for Palestine Studies

In 1969, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir famously denied the historical existence of the Palestinians as a people. Forty-one years later, there is now officially an academic center on the campus of Columbia University devoted to the study of Palestinians and Palestine.


Iconic Synagogue on the Upper West Side Faces Tough Uphill Financial Battle

Four decades after Lincoln Square Synagogue moved into its rounded building near Lincoln Center, the iconic Modern Orthodox congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is facing an uncertain future, following the decision to halt construction on its new building and the resignation of its president.

New Loyalty Oath Unusual in Asserting Religion

The American “oath of allegiance” demands that a new citizen promise to “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and ends with “so help me God.” New Canadians have to swear “to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors.” Norwegian immigrants have to pledge to “support democracy and human rights.”


New York Candidates Court Hasidic Vote

Haredi Jews should vote according to their values, not their pocketbooks, thundered ultra-Orthodox political gadfly Rabbi Yehuda Levin in a fiery Brooklyn speech October 10 in support of New York Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino.

Israel Is a Campaign Issue, but How Big?

Jewish voters in several key states have been bombarded in recent weeks with ads, leaflets and phone calls trying to convince them that their local congressional candidate is not sufficiently strong in his or her support for Israel.

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