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Quebec Sephardim Make Breakthroughs

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — The Sephardic population of Quebec is beginning to make major inroads in the Jewish communal power structure, after insisting for decades that they were treated as “poor relations” by the dominant English-speaking Ashkenazim in the province.The French-speaking Sephardim, who emigrated from North Africa and the Middle East in theRead More


New Center for International Affairs Launched

By Steven I. Weiss

Yeshiva University was set to launch its new center for international affairs Wednesday with a presentation by former State Department official Richard Haass, now president of the Council on Foreign Relations.The Rabbi Arthur S. Schneier Center for International Affairs is named for the Manhattan rabbi who has oftenRead More


Sports

By Nacha Cattan

Pittsburgh may have been roundly beaten in a season-ending game of college basketball last week, but in the more hidebound world of Jewish organizational life, the city scored a stunning victory.Howard Rieger, 61, a longtime Jewish charity leader and top professional at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has been nominatedRead More


World Economy Needs a New Deal

By Gus Tyler

I n the great and growing debate over globalization and outsourcing, there are always new arguments from both sides — from those who look upon these recent developments as a boon to the world economy and those who look upon the same developments as certain to bring gloom to the world economy. One of the latest and most novel arguments in favorRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvanian’s Powder: Senator Arlen Specter, the moderate Pennsylvania Republican who is facing a primary challenge from conservative Rep. Patrick Toomey, is being criticized by his rival’s campaign and a conservative pro-family organization for refusing to take a position on the constitutional amendment against gay marriage pushedRead More


Bill To Ban Discrimination Based on Travel Introduced

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — New legislation introduced in Congress would bar life insurance companies from denying coverage or otherwise discriminating against Americans based on their lawful past travel to Israel or any other country.The “Life Insurance Anti-Discrimination in Travel Act” was introduced in the House earlier this month by Rep. Rahm Emanuel,Read More


Facing Gaza Withdrawal, Egypt Eyes Larger Role in Peace Process

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

Egypt is stepping up its involvement in Israel-Palestinian negotiations and pressing to revive a postponed Arab League summit in advance of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the United States, which is set for later this month.The Arab nation has also reportedly proposed establishing a new leadership for theRead More


Cairo Calls for Unified Palestinian Security Force

Egypt has mediated a deal to divide responsibilities and spheres of influence between Jibril Rajoub, the current national security adviser to Yasser Arafat, and Mohammed Dahlan, former head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services in Gaza, as Cairo moves ahead with its plan to create a unified security force in the areas controlled by theRead More


‘Passion’ Stirring Controversy Among Middle East Muslims

By Eric J. Greenberg

Just when you thought the issue had faded from view, Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the torture and death of Jesus again is causing conflict, this time in Arab Muslim countries.Again, the dispute revolves around the film’s depiction of Jews.As it did in the United States, Gibson’s bloody hit “The Passion of the Christ” has sparkedRead More


Left, Right Watching Sharon With Suspicion As Bribery Indictment Looms

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Besieged on all fronts, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon pulled yet another political rabbit out of his hat this week, winning approval from the Likud party convention for his surprise proposal to submit his disengagement plan to a referendum among the Likud’s estimated 200,000 members.But the convention victory was a limited one.Read More


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