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Furor Grows Over Cheney Remarks on Pearl Murder

By Eric J. Greenberg

Following a controversial speech by Vice President Dick Cheney, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is urging Democrats and Republicans to refrain from turning his son’s death into a political football.Judea Pearl expressed his sentiments after Cheney’s August 12 speech, in which the vice president blastedRead More


Liberals Worry Coalition Deal Will Boost Orthodox Monopoly

By Ami Eden

As Israel’s Labor Party negotiates to join Ariel Sharon’s governing coalition, Reform and Conservative leaders are urging the party to stand firm against ultra-Orthodox demands over issues of religious pluralism and civil marriage.The president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, sent a letter August 10 to Labor leader ShimonRead More


Four Top Leaders Of Jewish Agency Seeking To Depart

By Nathaniel Popper

Four of the top professionals at the Jewish Agency for Israel recently have announced their plans to leave the agency amid talk of growing tensions between the top professionals and the political leadership of the massive, quasi-governmental Israeli social-service agency.Leading the list of departures is the agency’s top professional, DirectorRead More


Comic Pushes Limits in Antisemitic Sing-along

By Nathaniel Popper

On his hit HBO television series, “Da Ali G Show,” British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is after laughs, but in the process he is creating a new form of sociological experiment.Each week, under the guise of three different fictitious personas, Baron Cohen is shown interviewing unsuspecting Americans to elicitRead More


Online Dating Service Flirts With Public Stock Offering

By Gabriel Sanders

Online dating service seeks IPO investors, long walks in the park. After it was announced last week that the corporate parent of JDate.com, the leading Jewish Internet dating site, was making moves toward an initial public offering of its stock, JDaters stopped to wonder: Just what does this mean for me?“As though I didn’t feel likeRead More


U.S. Missile Sale To Amman Flies Over Objections

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite reported Israeli objections, the United States appears determined to push ahead with a planned sale of advanced air-to-air missiles to Jordan, Israeli sources and pro-Israel activists say.Instead of trying to block the sale, Israeli officials now plan to seek assurances from the Bush administration that the missile, known asRead More


Olympic Spirit Drives Interfaith Meeting

By Eric J. Greenberg

A delegation of rabbis flew to Athens this week in an effort to bring the positive Olympic spirit to the contentious arena of religious relations. But it appears that this unprecedented endeavor will require some Olympic-class heavy lifting.The rabbis, all interfaith experts, were invited by leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to meet with nearlyRead More


Newsdesk August 13, 2004

N.Z. Slams AntisemitismNew Zealand’s Parliament unanimously passed a statement Tuesday condemning all forms of antisemitism and racism. The move came days after 95 headstones were toppled in the Jewish cemetery near the capital, Wellington. The cemetery’s chapel, used for prayers before burials, was gutted by fire, leaving only swastika-etchedRead More


Netanyahu’s Budget Riles Left, Threatens Unity Talks

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Benjamin Netanyahu, the spoiler of Ariel Sharon’s Cabinet, managed this week to throw Israeli politics into turmoil by pulling one of his most unexpected stunts ever: bringing in a 2005 state budget framework on time.Netanyahu’s draft budget, a Thatcherite mix of privatization and spending cuts, is winning plaudits from economistsRead More


Terror Threat Against Synagogue Was False Alarm

By Nathaniel Popper

With federal and city officials racing to respond to warnings of new terrorist strikes against the United States, the media appears to have set off a frightening false alarm about an alleged threat to a small Manhattan synagogue.Time magazine reported Monday that the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side wasRead More


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