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Feinstein Leads Charge in Senate for Geneva Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Five U.S. senators introduced a resolution Tuesday applauding private Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and calling on President Bush and Israeli and Palestinian leaders to embrace them.A similar resolution is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives early next month, following the symbolic signing ceremony inRead More


Senate Critic Undeterred by Ford Apology

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they plan to push forward with efforts to scrutinize the overseas activities of the Ford Foundation, despite the foundation’s promise last week that it would no longer fund Palestinian groups advocating violence or denying Israel’s legitimacy.“It is still appropriate for there toRead More


Muslim Feminist Manji Wows Crowd in Toronto

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Prominent Israeli personalities such as novelist A.B. Yehoshua and strategic analyst Barry Rubin were among the speakers earlier this month at the Toronto Jewish Book Fair. The biggest draw, however, was a Muslim Canadian author calling for an Islamic Reformation that would purge the Muslim world of antisemitism.Irshad Manji, a TorontoRead More


Newsdesk November 28, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Hillel Leader SuedLos Angeles freelance journalist Rachel Neuwirth filed a complaint against UCLA Hillel Director Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and UCLA Hillel, Los Angeles Hillel Council and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 20, seeking undisclosed damages for battery, intentional inflictionRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Smacking the Saudis: Trying to sound tough on Middle East terrorism, former Vermont governor Howard Dean smacked Saudi Arabia in response to a question from Tom Brokaw during Monday night’s NBC-televised presidential candidate debate in Iowa.Asked by Brokaw whether he considered Saudi Arabia a “friend” or an “enemy,” DeanRead More


Echoes of Ataturk Seen in Turkey’s Strong Stand

By Gus Tyler

When two synagogues were blown up this month in Istanbul, Turkey, the government reacted promptly and pointedly. It vowed to get the culprits. It had alternatives. It could have said that the bombing was regrettable but that America’s occupation of Iraq provoked the event. But the Turkish government said nothing of the sort. It took a straightRead More


Small City Fields a Big Presence At Jerusalem Federation Parley

By Martin Rosenberg

The 20,000 Jews living in this Midwestern city represent a statistical blip in the American Jewish population, but the community registered the equivalent of a 6 on the Richter scale last week in Jerusalem at an international gathering of communal leaders.Kansas City sent a 114-person delegation to the United Jewish Communities GeneralRead More


Rifka Rosenwein, Jewish Week Columnist, 42

Rifka Rosenwein, a journalist whose monthly column in the New York Jewish Week over the past seven years chronicled her personal life as a suburban wife and mother — and eventually her battle against a rare form of cancer — died November 18 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She was 42.Rosenwein, who lived inRead More


Rabbi Karp, Historian Who Taught at Seminary, Dies

Rabbi Abraham Karp, a historian who taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, died November 24 in Manhattan. Karp collapsed on the sidewalk while on the way to his cardiologist’s office. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 82.After being ordained at JTS in 1945, Karp served congregations in Swampscott, Mass., and Kansas City, Mo.,Read More


Citing 1st Amendment, N.Y. Court Dismisses ‘Chained Wife’ Appeal

By Nathaniel Popper

Reasserting the constitutional right of ecclesiastical tribunals to operate free of governmental oversight, a New York court has dismissed a lawsuit against several rabbis alleging defamation and bribery in the course of an Orthodox divorce proceeding.The case, which has received intense media coverage in recent years, was brought by HelenRead More





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