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New WJC Spat as Official Rejects Brown

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – Controversy is exploding yet again at the World Jewish Congress, an organization that has been wracked by internal feuding.In the latest twist, the co-chairman of the WJC’s Jerusalem branch is declaring he is furious over the naming two weeks ago of a new director to head his organization’s Jerusalem office, and has vowedRead More


Sharon Going on Offensive As Geneva Initiative Gains

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The scheduled launch ceremony next week of the so-called Geneva Understandings is agitating the Israeli government, creating new tensions in its relations with the Bush administration and increasing pressure on Prime Minister Sharon to come up with a viable peace plan of his own.The growing interest in the Geneva initiative at homeRead More


Wisconsin Hillel’s Saposnik, Pioneer of Jewish Literature

By Max Gross

Irving S. Saposnik, a former executive director of Hillel at the University of Wisconsin and one of the pioneer professors who brought the study of American Jewish literature into American higher education, died November 20 after a 13-month struggle with brain cancer. He was 67.Saposnik was still teaching a course, titled “Yiddish LiteratureRead More


In Critical Ohio, Dem Hopefuls Taking a Powder In Primary Race

By E.J. Kessler

CLEVELAND — Despite all the hoopla in Iowa and New Hampshire and the rivers of ink spilled in the national press, the Democratic presidential race has yet to make an impression around these parts.Candidates, preoccupied with earlier primary contests, have paid little attention to Ohio, local operatives say. Elsewhere, former Vermont governorRead More


Iran Refugees Languish in Legal Limbo

By Nathaniel Popper

A year ago, Jahangir Navidpour, a 58-year-old Jew from the Iranian town of Shiraz, arrived in Vienna, home to the processing center for Iranian refugees heading to America.During the eight months it took for his family of five to be cleared for arrival in the United States, they were stuck living in a tiny Viennese apartment, with no hope for workRead More


Leaders Urge ADL To Plan for Future After Abe Foxman

By Nacha Cattan

Six regional lay leaders of the Anti-Defamation League are urging their organization to begin planning for a successor to replace national director Abraham Foxman.In a letter to Foxman and key national officers, six top volunteer leaders of ADL’s Chicago region stated that they are “concerned about the future of the League.” Seeming toRead More


Schools Proposed for Religious, Secular

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The proposed creation of a network of Israeli schools is being hailed by supporters as a move that could revolutionize relations between the religious and secular populations.A Knesset bill calling for the creation of a government-sanctioned educational track is set to be introduced next weekRead More


E.U. Accused of Burying Report on Antisemitism Pointing to Muslim Role

By Marc Perelman

The growing debate over antisemitism in Europe took a new twist this week after the authors of a study on antisemitism commissioned by the European Union accused the E.U. of burying their work for political reasons.A professor at Berlin Technical University and one of the report’s authors, Werner Bergman, said that the E.U.-sponsoredRead More


Attacks on Judt, Soros Reveal Blind Spots

By Ami Eden

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government released a deck of cards featuring the faces of its most-wanted enemies. Next came the anti-war movement’s edition, topped by President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. These days, it increasingly feels as if Jewish hawks would like to release a deck of their own, withRead More


‘Rabbi Cool’ and Rock Opera Draw Stars, Upscale Spiritualists

By Nathaniel Popper

Jewish grandmothers, aging hippies and Jerry Seinfeld all filed into the auditorium of Manhattan’s Asia Society last week for a $500-a-head benefit for CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Then the lights dimmed and a man with large hair took the stage, wearing tight black pants and a shimmering golden shirt unbuttonedRead More





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