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Unionist Jack Sheinkman, 77

Jack Sheinkman, a former head of America’s largest clothing-workers’ union and a leading strategist of the post-Vietnam-era labor movement, died in New York last week of pneumonia. He was 77.Sheinkman was president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1987 to 1995, after serving for three decadesRead More


Egon Mayer Reached Out to Interfaith Couples

By Rela Mintz Geffen

I write this reflection as a friend and professional colleague of Egon Mayer’s for the last quarter-century.He died last week at age 59, after battling gall bladder cancer.Egon, formerly director of Jewish studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and chair of Brooklyn College’s sociology department, wasRead More


Suicide Blast Kills Counselor, Ten Others

TEL AVIV — Riding together recently on a Jerusalem bus, Devora Goldberg, 19, asked her uncle whether being on buses in Israel frightened him.Outside of his home, where relatives and friends now gather to sit shiva for the 42-year-old Yechezkel “Chezi” Goldberg, one of 11 people killed in last Thursday’s bus bombing, she repeats his answer:Read More


Israel Makes Play for Swiss Bank Funds

By Nacha Cattan

The Israeli government and an international Holocaust restitution organization with which it is allied are raising eyebrows — and hackles — with a proposal that 48% of any funds left unclaimed from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement be assigned to Israeli charities and government ministries.The request comes in a proposal submitted by theRead More


Tempers Flare at Parley on Antisemitism

By Ami Eden

An international conference on antisemitism exploded in pandemonium last week when one rabbi warned against rushing to classify the January 19 suicide bombing in Jerusalem as an anti-Jewish attack, several participants said.The controversy erupted after Rabbi Uri Regev, executive director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, theRead More


Israel Programs Rebound

By Miriam Colton

Rebecca Blank, a sophomore at Blind Brook Public High School in Westchester County, N.Y., has wanted to study abroad for several years. Highly active in her temple youth group and a longtime attendee of the Reform movement’s summer camps, her first choice was Israel. So last week, Blank boarded an El Al plane at Kennedy Airport to embarkRead More


Israel Programs Rebound

By Miriam Colton

Rebecca Blank, a sophomore at Blind Brook Public High School in Westchester County, N.Y., has wanted to study abroad for several years. Highly active in her temple youth group and a longtime attendee of the Reform movement’s summer camps, her first choice was Israel. So last week, Blank boarded an El Al plane at Kennedy Airport to embarkRead More


Groups Win Support for Israel on Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With the International Court of Justice set to open hearings on Israel’s West Bank security fence, American Jewish organizations are claiming partial credit for the decision by Western governments to side with Jerusalem and promising a full-blown campaign in support of the barrier.“We perceive it as a new frontRead More


Egypt, Jordan Fear Deterioration of P.A.

By Marc Perelman

Moderate Arab countries are growing increasingly concerned that the Palestinian Authority may collapse, according to diplomats and observers. Countries such as Egypt and Jordan openly worry that the demise of the P.A., coupled with the perceived American disengagement in an election year and the Israeli government preparing to takeRead More


Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More





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