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Giving ‘Seinfeld’ Fans a Taste of Reality, Kramer-style

By Max Gross

Kenny Kramer wasn’t allowed to be himself.In the late 1980s, the stand-up comedian was living next door to Larry David, co-creator of television’s “Seinfeld,” which was then in the development stage. David saw infinite comic possibilities in his neighbor, who spent his time golfing, scheming, chomping cigars, falling head-firstRead More


Empire State’s Kosher Law Advances, But Draws Tepid Support

By Steven I. Weiss

The New York State Legislature has passed legislation to protect kosher consumers from food products falsely advertised as kosher. The new law is intended to replace New York’s previous kosher law, which was struck down in the courts last year after being declared unconstitutional.New York is home to the country’s largest Jewish population, asRead More


Polluting Piety With Politics

By Gus Tyler

An article on the front-page of the June 3 New York Times was scary. It notes that the Bush campaign is reaching out to thousands of churches around the country to involve them in distributing campaign fliers and registering voters on behalf of the president’s November run. The move makes history. It seems that at no time in the nation’sRead More


Israel’s Fence, New Tactics Seen Behind a Decline in Bombings

TEL AVIV — Israelis cheered silently Tuesday when the government published its latest terrorism statistics, holding their collective breath lest their streak of good luck run out. For the Israeli Defense Forces, the announcement was an occasion for a careful pat on the back, a sign of a job well done. The announcement of the tally of terroristRead More


Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

By Ethan Porter

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” inRead More


Judge’s Memo Displays Heat Of the Debate On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

In a sign of the growing personal and emotional dimensions of the Swiss bank settlement, the federal judge overseeing the case, Edward Korman, fired off an unexpected attack at a prominent lawyer who has had little to do with the case, and who, even the judge called a “latecomer to the proceedings.”Korman filed a legal memorandumRead More


Bin Laden Aimed To Link Plot to Israel

By Marc Perelman

In an interim staff report released last week, the presidential commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks shed new light on the role of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Al Qaeda’s worldview.The disclosures seem to weaken Israeli claims that the issue was only a secondary priority for Osama bin Laden, and they could rekindle theRead More


Annan Urges U.N. To Fight Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Kofi Annan’s speech here this week, delivered to the first seminar on antisemitism held at the U.N. headquarters, is being seen by some as a sea change in the way the organization has dealt with Israel and Jews internationally.Acknowledging that the U.N.’s record on antisemitism had fallen shortRead More


Claims Conference Focuses on Securing Funds for Home Health Care

By Nathaniel Popper

Responding to a groundswell of requests from aging Jewish Holocaust survivors, the organization responsible for securing support for survivors is putting an increasing emphasis on winning funding for home health care.In the first step of this effort, last month the Conference on Jewish MaterialRead More


Terror Plots Strike Fear in Community Down Under

By Chemi Shalev

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian Jewish community is a “prime target” of Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups operating in Southeast Asia, according to intelligence analysts and Jewish officials in Australia. An attack on the Jewish community here would serve a dual purpose for the terrorists, the experts say, striking at anRead More


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