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O.U. Keeping Quiet in Stem Cell Debate

By Steven I. Weiss

With embryonic stem cell research re-emerging as a matter of contentious ethical and political debate, the country’s largest Orthodox organization has kept out of the fight, though it opposes President Bush on the issue.The president’s August 2001 decision to limit federal funding for stem-cell research has come under increasing criticism inRead More


Outspoken Philanthropist Henry Everett Dies at 78

By Miriam Colton

Henry Everett, an indomitable Jewish philanthropist known for his often lonely battles for unpopular causes, died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 78, after a difficult battle with cancer.Along with his wife, Edith, Everett was known as one of the most outspoken and creative Jewish philanthropists of the last generation, taking a lead role inRead More


Conference Focuses on U.S. Inaction During Holocaust

By Nathaniel Popper

A fledgling institute for Holocaust studies is stepping up its efforts to advance the notion that Franklin Roosevelt and the Jewish community did not do enough to save European Jews during World War II. In the sensitive realm of Holocaust scholarship, a number of academics are already questioning the scholarly credentialsRead More


Working Overtime To Ruin Overtime Pay

By Gus Tyler

In America’s historic struggle to pull itself out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of the key pieces of legislation was the Fair Labor Standards Act, commonly called the Wage and Hour Law.It set a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour — a ridiculously tiny sum by current standards, but a giant step up for workers who were beingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clap, Clap (Grumble, Grumble): President Bush got more than 20 standing ovations during his speech this week at the annual policy conference of Aipac, the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse. At one point he was interrupted by a lengthy chant of “four more years,” prompting Aipac president Amy Friedkin, a Democrat, to joke to Bush that she “oughtRead More


Bush Wins Aipac Crowd By Citing Common Cause

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With his approval ratings plummeting, President Bush took his case for war in Iraq and a wider fight against terrorism to the annual Aipac convention — and was rewarded with more than 20 standing ovations from thousands of cheering delegates.The applause came despite Bush’s failure to quell Israeli worries that, in the face ofRead More


U.S. Adviser Faults ‘Failure of Nerve’ Regarding Sadr

By Marc Perelman

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Bush administration made a fatal mistake by deciding not to crack down on the firebrand Shiite cleric Moktada el Sadr during a period of several months, according to an adviser to the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, who just returned from Baghdad.“It was a disastrous failure of nerve,” Larry Diamond, aRead More


Canadians Raise Security After Wave of Antisemitic Vandalism

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canadian Jewish leaders are seeking federal and provincial government support to help offset dramatically rising security expenses burdening the Jewish community.The demand comes amid what is arguably the worst spate of antisemitic vandalism ever seen in Canada.A firebombing destroyed the library at United Talmud Torah schoolRead More


Scandal Turns Sabras and Kiwis Into a Prickly Pair

By Chemi Shalev

SYDNEY, Australia — A job title like “Treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel” may sound prestigious in New York, but in remote New Zealand it seems to conjure up a shadier image — moneyman, perhaps for a covert organization. Small wonder, then, that Shai Hermesh, whose official Israeli passport carries just that title,Read More


Old Prejudices Persist, Even Among Younger Generation

By Avi Rubel

The man holding the antisemitic sign at this month’s May Day rally in front of the Kremlin could not have been more than 25 years old. The placard depicted a hook-nosed Jew riding a donkey tattooed with the word “goy,” holding two carrots labeled “capitalism” and “democracy” in front of the donkey’s face.The sign was just oneRead More


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