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

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, Camp Organizer, 88

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered American Jewish summer camping and led the interfaith movement in California, died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 88.Read More

State Department Opposes New Antisemitism Office

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — The only Holocaust survivor in Congress is feuding with the State Department over his bill to create a special office at Foggy Bottom to track antisemitism across the globe.Rep. Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, told the Forward this week that he was pushing ahead with a bill, HRRead More

Children of Foreign Workers Stuck Living in Legal Limbo

By Jo-Ann Mort

LETTER FROM SOUTH TEL AVIVTEL AVIV — “It’s really strange that a lot of young people are so frustrated with the situation in Israel that they want to get out of here — and I want to stay,” said Emmanuel Srisuren, 26. “It seems so unfair.”Born in Israel to Filipino and Thai parents, Srisuren is part of the growing population knownRead More

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