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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Critique: The campaign of John Kerry is missing an opportunity to criticize President Bush’s lack of adroitness in selling Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan internationally, some Democrats are saying.Others feel that Kerry should be attacking the president for immediately backtracking on his promises to Sharon.In otherRead More


Moshe Dworkin, Founding ‘Moment’ Publisher, 68

Moshe Dworkin, a devotee of Jewish culture and a board member of myriad Jewish organizations, died last week in a nursing home in Belmont, Mass. at the age of 68. He had been suffering for two years from complications from a stroke.Involved in media — both as a professional and a volunteer — Dworkin was the founding publisher of MomentRead More


Sex Offender Becomes ‘Kabbalah Coach’

By Steven I. Weiss

A convicted sex offender in Los Angeles has used an assumed name to market himself as a rabbi and Kabbalah instructor.Michael Ozair, who pleaded no contest to oral copulation of a 14-year-old girl in 2002, had until earlier this week been advertising himself as Rabbi Michael Ezra, the “Kabbalah Coach.”The KabbalahCoach.com Web site, registeredRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Charming Kerry: Seeking to show an important Jewish communal group how his experiences visiting Israel had affected him personally, John Kerry told a number of stories during a speech Monday at the annual conference in Washington of the Anti-Defamation League.Before a crowd of more than 500, Kerry spoke about his trips to Israel and his friendshipRead 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


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