By E.J. Kessler

Even as Senator John Kerry suggests that better diplomacy could have kept America out of war in Iraq, his advisers are warning that the Democrat could wind up ordering military intervention against another Middle Eastern power: Iran.“John Kerry has been crystal clear that a nuclear Iran is intolerable to the U.S.,” the head of the DemocraticRead More

Israeli Officials Offer Divergent Views of Egypt’s Plans for Peace

By Marc Perelman

An internal Israeli feud over Egypt’s attitude toward peace spilled over onto American shores last week, when two of Jerusalem’s top foreign-policy officials met with Jewish groups here and delivered diametrically opposing views of Egyptian intentions.In the space of three days, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major AmericanRead More

Newsdesk October 1, 2004

Wexler: Probe FBI ProberRep. Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat, sent a letter to President Bush on Wednesday asking him to investigate David Szady, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence, who is leading the investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.“Given the fact that no information has surfacedRead More

Returning to a Chinese Refuge, And Recalling Its Rich History

By Jonathan Goldstein

HARBIN, China — A near-forgotten cycle of Asian Jewish history was brought to a close September 2, when Tel Aviv businessman Teddy Kaufman came to Huangshan Cemetery, in the Chinese city of Harbin, and recited a memorial Kaddish prayer at the grave of his boyhood teacher, Rabbi Aharon Kisilev.Kisilev died in 1949 after serving for nearlyRead More

Some Worry About Kerry Plan’s Price

John Kerry’s plans for securing more European and international support in Iraq are prompting worries among Jewish communal leaders — including some Democrats — that such outreach will carry a price tag: increased American pressure on Israel.During a speech Monday, Kerry repeated his belief that Europe needs to be more involved in Iraq. SomeRead More

Slugger Set To Skip Game on Yom Kippur

By Ami Eden

On Sunday, baseball star Shawn Green made the highlight reels with his game-winning home run in the ninth inning. But this weekend the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman is likely to generate even more headlines by staying off the field.Green, admired by fans across the country who see him as the nicest Jewish boy toRead More

‘Material Girl’ Gets Spiritual on Trip to Israel

TEL AVIV — Pop diva Madonna was among the praying, swaying and singing masses of Kabbalah enthusiasts who made the pilgrimage to Israel for the High Holy Days, seeking spiritual transformation through a brand of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah.The “Material Girl” was celebrated by an Israeli public hungry for a touchRead More

Presbyterians, Jewish Leaders Discuss Israel

By Eric J. Greenberg

In the face of mounting criticism of the Presbyterian Church (USA) controversial vote to withdraw selected investments from Israel, pro-Israel Presbyterian leaders met with Jewish officials to discuss how to neutralize the church action before the divestment process begins in March 2005.About 25 clergy and laypeople met at Auburn TheologicalRead More

Financial Disputes Stir Lithuanian Feud

By Nathaniel Popper

The lone synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania, sat locked this Rosh Hashanah as a result of a heightening local dispute that is threatening to drag two global Jewish organizations into a confrontation.Members of Lithuania’s Chabad-Lubavitch community have come to blows with the government-recognized Jewish Community of Lithuania, which is partiallyRead More

Israel Tries To Block U.N. Move on Fence

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Israel is pressing diplomats from the European Union and Russia to help block a Palestinian-backed move in the Security Council to demand that Israel comply with the recent world court ruling against Israel’s West Bank security fence.The Netherlands-based world court, formally known as the International Court of Justice,Read More

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