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Making Sure Art, Politics Don’t Get Lost in Translation

By Adelle Waldman

In 1929, 5-year-old Beate Sirota’s parents fortuitously moved their family out of Vienna. But unlike many European Jews, the Sirotas did not leave because of antisemitism, and they did not flee to the relative safety of the United States or to Israel. They moved to Japan, from one soon-to-be Axis country to another.For Beate Sirota — now BeateRead 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


Ousted Student Leader Becomes Darling of Left

By Nathaniel Popper

An irate e-mail to the Israeli Embassy in Washington may have cost Jilian Redford her job as the leader of the Jewish student organization on her campus, but it transformed the 20-year-old into a darling of Jewish peace activists nationwide.Since her ouster in February as president of the Hillel at the University of Richmond, Redford hasRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Among the cherished family memorabilia in the home of Inez Tenenbaum, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, is a signed letter to her father-in-law from Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.“It’s written on this tiny little piece of notebook paper,” Tenenbaum told the ForwardRead More


Aipac Shelves Major Lobbying Effort After Likud Voters Nix Sharon’s Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In the first clear sign of damage to Prime Minister Sharon’s standing here following the Likud Party’s repudiation of his Gaza disengagement plan, the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse Aipac has shelved plans for a major advocacy blitz on his behalf.Sources inside the American Israel Public Action Committee say the organizationRead More


With German Jewry Assimilated, Is it Auf Wiedersehen for Aufbau?

By Ruth Westheimer

Were it not for Aufbau, I would never have become “Dr. Ruth.”I was in this country on a visit in 1956. While looking for a cheap furnished room in Washington Heights, I bought a copy of the German-language newspaper and learned of a scholarship being offered at New School University for victims of the Holocaust. I got one of those scholarshipsRead More


Chalabi Lashes Back at Critics As Furor Over Iran Ties Grows

Faced with a storm of attacks and uncertainty over its future role in Iraq, the Iraqi National Congress and its controversial leader Ahmed Chalabi are lashing back at their critics in America.Chalabi’s exile group-turned-political party issued a statement Monday denouncing what it described as “a CIA-orchestrated smear campaign,” afterRead More


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


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