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Antisemitism Fight Provides Way For Mending Transatlantic Split

By Marc Perelman

BERLIN — Fresh from a major international conference here last week, diplomats and communal leaders say that the fight against antisemitism is emerging as a vehicle for mending the American-European split over Iraq, as well as easing tensions between Jewish groups and human rights organizations.Representatives of the 55-member Organization forRead More


U.S. Official Does ‘God’s Work’: Eradicating Slavery

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Critics think John Miller is a zealot. Supporters view the State Department official as a hero. Both sides agree that he is leading a crusade to abolish slavery worldwide.Backed by an unlikely coalition of conservative Evangelical Christian and liberal human rights advocates, Miller, whoRead More


Newsdesk May 7, 2004

Change Set on ChaplainsThe Jewish Welfare Board is set to lose its monopoly on authorizing Jewish military chaplains, according to a news report in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.According to the report, the military plans to open up the process to other non-profit organizations. Critics claim that the JWB has failed to meet the needs ofRead More


Passions Flare at Swiss Banks Hearing

By Nathaniel Popper

BROOKLYN —Even before the hearing opened here into the distribution of unclaimed funds from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement, a confrontation erupted.A group of elderly men stood outside the courthouse with signs around their necks that said “Mathausen” and “Dachau,” in English and Russian. An older woman approached them andRead More


Sharon Fights To Save Plan, Political Life

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Following his drubbing in a Likud party referendum of his own devising — widely seen as the worst political blunder ever by an Israeli leader — Prime Minister Sharon was struggling this week to find a way of staving off the demise of his disengagement initiative and, some said, of his career.The initiative, whichRead More


Survey Released on Jewish Women’s Sexuality

Orthodox Jewish women experience a relatively high level of frequent sexual activity, but low levels of emotional and physical satisfaction, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York. The study was based on anonymous, self-administered questionnaires filled out byRead More


Moshe Dworkin, Founding ‘Moment’ Publisher, 68

Moshe Dworkin, a devotee of Jewish culture and a board member of myriad Jewish organizations, died last week in a nursing home in Belmont, Mass. at the age of 68. He had been suffering for two years from complications from a stroke.Involved in media — both as a professional and a volunteer — Dworkin was the founding publisher of MomentRead More


Sex Offender Becomes ‘Kabbalah Coach’

By Steven I. Weiss

A convicted sex offender in Los Angeles has used an assumed name to market himself as a rabbi and Kabbalah instructor.Michael Ozair, who pleaded no contest to oral copulation of a 14-year-old girl in 2002, had until earlier this week been advertising himself as Rabbi Michael Ezra, the “Kabbalah Coach.”The KabbalahCoach.com Web site, registeredRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Charming Kerry: Seeking to show an important Jewish communal group how his experiences visiting Israel had affected him personally, John Kerry told a number of stories during a speech Monday at the annual conference in Washington of the Anti-Defamation League.Before a crowd of more than 500, Kerry spoke about his trips to Israel and his friendshipRead More


Popular Market Chain Pulls Empire Products

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trader Joe’s supermarket chain recently decided to pull the products of the world’s largest kosher poultry provider and distributor, Empire Kosher, off the shelves of some 150 West Coast stores.Officials from both companies declined to say why Trader Joe’s, a 216-store boutique grocery chain, decidedRead More


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