Hometown Hero: Jean Blum, a 73-year-old Holocaust survivor, collected and sent accounts of the death of a jailed Pakistani New Yorker to the government.

Holocaust Survivor’s Past Drove Her To Help Detainees

Jean Blum, a 73-year-old retired teacher living in Paterson, N.J., corresponded with and took desperate collect phone calls from illegal immigrants who were being detained at her local jail to await deportation. Blum responded to their pleas by nagging local officials to improve the prisoners’ living conditions. When she heard about the death of Ahmad Tanveer, a 43-year-old Pakistani New Yorker, she collected accounts from witnesses and sent her evidence to the government.

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Reform Seminary Among Schools Facing Crippling Cuts

The Reform movement’s seminary is looking into closing two of its three U.S. campuses as part of an effort to close looming budget gaps caused by the recent economic downturn.

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Harding Indictment a Symbol of Liberal Party's Downfall

If there is an enduring present-day image of New York’s Liberal Party, it is likely that of former party chief Raymond Harding — an enormous, white-haired man in a black raincoat and handcuffs — being led into state court in April for an indictment on charges of influence peddling. It could have almost been an old caricature of the corrupt Tammany Hall bosses that the Liberal Party was founded to help unseat.

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New Labor Leaders Take a Page From History

A group of contemporary labor leaders are at the head of a new Jewish labor movement, recalling an era before World War II when Jews were leading some of the most progressive, innovative unions in the country.

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Working on their relationship: Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Barack Obama (right) are due to meet in May.

Bibi and Obama: Could a Clash Be in the Offing?

Are they headed for a diplomatic divorce? Or can this relationship be saved?

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