UJC Faces Questions As Rieger Takes Helm

By Nathaniel Popper

When Howard Rieger becomes president of United Jewish Communities on September 1, he will take the reins of an organization confronting defining questions about its role as the coordinating body for 155 North American Jewish federations.After three years in which giving to the federation’s annual campaign has declined, UJC has struggled with itsRead More

N.J. Sex Scandal Spills Into Orthodox World As Touro Link Is Eyed

By Ami Eden and Eric J. Greenberg

The lawyers representing Golan Cipel, the Israeli at the heart of the political tumult in the Garden State, are attempting to debunk claims that their client was a partner or pawn in an elaborate scheme to bring down New Jersey Governor James McGreevey.In an exclusive interview with the Forward, one of Cipel’s two attorneys, Rachel Yosevitz,Read More

Phish Phans Give Phinal Phreylach Pharewell to Band

By Laurie Hahn and Aaron J. Tapper

COVENTRY, Vt. — This weekend, on the 35th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, the band Phish, arguably the kingpin of alternative rock bands of the last three decades, played its last gig.A crowd of close to 70,000 trudged through wind, rain, mud and muck — remnants of Florida’s Hurricane Charley — for a two-day concert thatRead More

Aide’s Security Post Disputed

By Eric J. Greenberg

Since Golan Cipel’s allegations against New Jersey Governor James McGreevey surfaced, media reports have asserted that McGreevey had tapped the Israeli in January 2002 to head the state’s new homeland security effort — leaving the aide in charge of protecting the lives of the Garden State’s 6 million residents only months after theRead More


By E.J. Kessler

A new Democratic poll suggests that Republicans are failing to improve on the anemic 21% of the Jewish vote garnered by President Bush in 2000. But if they make progress, it will be with the help of a cadre of prominent GOP insiders, including Lewis Eisenberg, co-chairman of the convention’s host committee.Eisenberg, a former Republican NationalRead More

The Meaning of Suffering, From the Farms of Darfur

By Leslie Lefkow

The numbers reeled off about Darfur tell their own story: more than 1 million displaced people, almost 200,000 refugees, 30,000 dead, all in just 18 months. All of this death and destruction, the result of a brutal Sudanese government crackdown on a rebel insurgency.But as with so many immense tragedies, the scale of the numbers often obscuresRead More

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

Group Delays Appointment Of Diplomat

By Marc Perelman

The appointment of Alon Pinkas to head the American Jewish Congress was put on hold this week pending resolution in Jerusalem of accusations that the former high-profile Israeli diplomat violated his country’s civil-service regulations.The AJCongress decision comes after the Israeli press reported that Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel HollanderRead More

Report: Egypt, Militants Reach Deal

JERUSALEM — Egypt has reached agreements with Hamas and Islamic Jihad on their activities in Gaza after Israel’s disengagement, according to a report this week in the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat.Senior members of Islamic Jihad met last weekend with Egyptian diplomats at Cairo’s representation in Gaza to move ahead withRead More

Newsdesk August 20, 2004

Israeli Man Killed in D.C.Twenty-five-year-old Israeli Ehud Reich was murdered in Washington on August 15, apparently by a criminal gang.Reich, who had been living in the city for eight months and working as a locksmith, responded to a call in the southeast part of town from a burglary victim whose car keys had been stolen. While workingRead More

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