Survivors Receive $401 Million As Slave Labor Compensation

Gisela Schlanger had tears running down her face as she described her plans for the payment she was to receive this week from Germany for her Holocaust-era slave labor.“My children are talmidei chachamim” — Torah scholars — she said at a press conference held by the Claims Conference. “I have a very special grandson, a tzaddik. The moneyRead More


By E.J. Kessler

BOSTON — As the campaigns of President Bush and Senator John Kerry try to outdo each other in outreach to the Jewish community, Arab American voters are feeling screwed to the wall.While Arab Americans gave a strong plurality of their vote to George W. Bush in 2000, many now say they are repelled by his decision to launch theRead More

Past B’nai B’rith Leader, 86

Jack Spitzer, 86, a Seattle philanthropist known for his work in promoting social justice, died July 31 following a cardiac arrest. Spitzer was president of B’nai B’rith from 1978 to 1982 and was member of Hillel’s international board of governors.Read More

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, Camp Organizer, 88

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered American Jewish summer camping and led the interfaith movement in California, died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 88.Read More

State Department Opposes New Antisemitism Office

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — The only Holocaust survivor in Congress is feuding with the State Department over his bill to create a special office at Foggy Bottom to track antisemitism across the globe.Rep. Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, told the Forward this week that he was pushing ahead with a bill, HRRead More

Children of Foreign Workers Stuck Living in Legal Limbo

By Jo-Ann Mort

LETTER FROM SOUTH TEL AVIVTEL AVIV — “It’s really strange that a lot of young people are so frustrated with the situation in Israel that they want to get out of here — and I want to stay,” said Emmanuel Srisuren, 26. “It seems so unfair.”Born in Israel to Filipino and Thai parents, Srisuren is part of the growing population knownRead More

Winning War on Terror Requires Turning On the World to America

By Seth Cropsey

The recently issued report of the 9/11 Commission questions how Osama bin Laden, “a man in a cave,” can do a better job of communicating than the United States, the world’s leading communicator. The observation strikes right at the heart of the difficulties we face in winning the war on terrorism.The members of the commission understood thatRead More

Christie’s Offering A Little Shpritz Of Memorabilia

By Jennifer Siegel

This week at Christie’s, the venerable British auction house: an oil on canvas by Stephen J. Renard (British, b. 1947), titled “Yankee, Ranger and Endeavour II.” Estimate: $30,000-50,000.Also at Christie’s this week: A bunch of Jewish tchotchkes, including ceramic spittoons, seltzer bottles and hand-painted Yiddish signs. Estimate:Read More

Chess Master Pawned Identity for Hatred

By Nathaniel Popper

Years before Bobby Fischer became an international chess star, and decades before he was arrested last week in a Tokyo airport, Arnold Denker knew him as an insecure boy with serious anxieties about his ethnic background.A former American chess champion who served as a surrogate father of sorts to the fatherless Fischer, DenkerRead More

The Forgotten Victims of AMIA

By Avi Weiss

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist bombing that left 85 dead and 300 injured. As each victim’s name was read out loud, the crowd respectfully, but firmly, cried, “Presente.” The dead were present — in our hearts,Read More

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