Restitution Battle Shifts To Stalled Polish Front

By Nathaniel Popper

Peter Koppenheim, 73, has been unsuccessfully pushing the Polish government since 1990 to return his family’s property in the center of Wroclaw, most of which was confiscated by the Germans during World War II and then nationalized under Poland’s Communist government.Recently, Rudi Pawelka, another former resident of Wroclaw — or Breslau, asRead More

Bush Administration Slammed For Inaction on ‘Loose Nukes’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With the country on high alert for another Al Qaeda attack, the Bush administration is facing increasing criticism for allegedly not doing enough to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.The 9/11 Commission and leading nonproliferation experts say that the administration has been too lax in securing nuclear weapons andRead More

Reform Rips U.S. Support For Sharon Gaza Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — America’s largest synagogue movement is urging the White House to step up its peace efforts in the Middle East and calling on Congress to refrain from passing one-sided pro-Israel resolutions.The policy recommendations were outlined this week in a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell from Rabbi David Saperstein, theRead More

Rabbinical Study Finds ‘Alarming’ Pulpit Gender Gap

By Miriam Colton

Nearly two decades after the ordination of the first Conservative woman rabbi, the movement’s rabbinical union is calling for dramatic steps to close what it describes as an alarming gender gap in the pulpit.The issue was highlighted in a study released last week that found a number of discrepancies, such as female rabbis earning $10,000Read More

Israeli Mob War Hits the Streets of Central Prague

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Minutes into his tenure as Israel’s national police chief last Sunday, Commander Moshe Karadi was welcomed with a blast that sounded all the way from the Czech Republic. An unidentified man threw a hand grenade toward a jeep in the center of Prague. Eighteen people were injured in the August 1 blast. SeatedRead More

Evangelicals Seen Forging Alliance With ‘Messianic Jews’

By Eric J. Greenberg

The founder of a fundamentalist Christian men’s movement plans to forge a new alliance with “messianic Jews” that could undermine crucial relations between pro-Israel Evangelical Christians and the Jewish community.Bill McCartney, the former University of Colorado football coach who in 1990 created Promise Keepers, a national ChristianRead More

Newsdesk August 6, 2004

Moskowitz Bid RejectedThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem sold 24 acres of land in East Jerusalem to a Palestinian company that specializes in mortgages for Palestinians.According to reports in Yediot Ahronot, the university rejected a bid for the property from right-wing American-based financier Irving Moskowitz, who offered the university threeRead More

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

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