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Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Politics by Other Means: The secret of our success, goes an old CIA proverb, is the secret of our success. The essence of the adage, to judge by recent public criticism of the intelligence community, has been lost on the agency’s fellow spooks over at the Defense Department.For much of the last year, the Pentagon’s prominent roleRead More


Newsdesk December 26, 2003

WJC Meets With EnvoyThe World Jewish Congress has met at the State Department with America’s newly confirmed special envoy for Holocaust issues to request that funds from Holocaust restitution agreements be used to fight antisemitism.In the meeting with the envoy, Ambassador Ed O’Donnell, the WJC’s governing board’s chairman,Read More


As Needs Rise, Few Receive Emergency Food Assistance

By Nathaniel Popper

Holocaust survivor Yankel Teytelman left behind the hardships of Ukraine only to find poverty in Brooklyn.When 73-year-old Teytelman and his wife, Vera, immigrated to America in late 2000 they quickly found themselves burdened with $650 in monthly rent, and only $500 in federal aid to cover all their expenses. The Teytelmans would seem to haveRead More


Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book

By Allan Nadler

Leaders of the country’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.Written by Rabbi Saadya Grama — an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshivaRead More


Rabbis Urged To Quit Alliance

By Miriam Colton

Several rabbis are being urged to drop out of an anti-gay marriage coalition because it includes a Muslim organization with alleged ties to terrorist groups.One rabbi, Marc Gellman, a Reform clergyman best known for co-hosting the interfaith television program “God Squad,” has already severed ties to the Alliance for Marriage, citingRead More


Poll: Support for Israel is Strong

By Nathaniel Popper

By a two-to-one margin, 62% to 31%, Americans believe their government should back Israel even if it leads to an increased probability of terrorist attacks against this country, according to a new survey of American attitudes toward the Middle East sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.The poll, conducted from December 1- 4, shows strongRead More


In Rare Speech, Shin Bet Chief Cites Iran, Jewish Terror as Threats

HERZLIYA, Israel — In a rare public appearance, the director of the Shin Bet security service this week called Iran the “No. 1 terror state in the world,” urged the government to build the West Bank fence as quickly as possible and admitted the security services, “including the Shin Bet,” had not provided the Israeli public with “theRead More


Worshippers Indicted After Entering Palestinian Areas

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a move intended to deter Israelis from entering Palestinian-controlled areas, Israeli state prosecutors have filed charges against a group of Bratslav chasidim who illegally went to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last week — and were attacked by Palestinian gunmen as they left the site.Eight of the 16 Jews who enteredRead More


Envoy Under Fire for Discussing Terror Suspect’s Trial

By Sheldon Gordon

OTTAWA — The Israeli ambassador to Canada came under fire last week after publicly disclosing that a Hamas official had allegedly tried to recruit a Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin to assist in terrorist attacks in North America.The Canadian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli Ambassador Chaim Divon to protest comments heRead More





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