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Czech Records Tell the Story of How Jewish Kohn Became Catholic Kerry

OPAVA, Czech Republic — Ever since The Boston Globe broke the story of Senator John Kerry’s Jewish roots last year, the rise of the humble Kohn family of Silesia to Boston Brahmanism has been presented to the public as a prime example of the American Dream.Earlier this month, I set out to trace the route from Kohn to Kerry, beginningRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Harlem Two-fer: If there are satellite trucks in the neighborhood, this must be a good time for an Al Sharpton rally…In Harlem on Monday, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry rallied with some of his supporters among Harlem’s establishment Democratic politicos.But what is a New York event without some good old upstaging street theater? LyingRead More


Liberalism Gains at Election-Year Policy Forum

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — With the presidential election approaching, American Jewry’s main policy body shifted hard back to its liberal roots, pushing through several domestic-oriented resolutions, including a call for the repeal of the Bush administration’s most recent round of tax cuts.The resolution, which passed with only a smattering ofRead More


Charity Giant Vows To Fight Barriers Facing Female Leaders

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare public self-rebuke, United Jewish Communities this week released a study outlining barriers that have prevented women from gaining top leadership positions at Jewish charitable federations, and vowed to take steps to close the gap.The study, conducted for UJC by the advocacy group Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community,Read More


Europeans Seen Shifting On Mideast, Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

After several years of mounting criticisms and increasingly harsh condemnations, American Jewish groups are rushing to praise European governments for their efforts to combat antisemitism and strike a more “balanced” approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In the wake of a high-level parley in Brussels last week to deal withRead More


Dashed Hopes in Iran

By Shaul Bakhash

Only a few years ago Iran appeared to be on the cusp of fundamental democratic transformation. The 1997 landslide victory of President Mohammad Khatami had ushered in an era of expanding social freedoms and increasingly open political debate. Then, in 2000, a coalition of reformist parties won a working majority in parliamentary elections,Read More


PASSION UPDATE

Now that Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” is actually playing in theaters (it opened Wednesday), Americans have the luxury of seeing the film before arguing about it. Perhaps the harshest newspaper review so far of the cinematic depiction of the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life came from Jami Bernard in the NewRead More


Same-Sex Weddings Elicit Little Community Reaction in Bay Area

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — After Andy Birnbaum came out in 1995, his mother switched to a Reform congregation to find a spiritual home more accepting of her son’s homosexual orientation, while his father remained in their old Conservative congregation, determined to effect change from within.His father’s only request at the time was that AndyRead More


Order Emerges From the Chaos of the Primaries

By Gus Tyler

For a while there it looked as if the Democratic Party was committing suicide on television. A dozen or so aspirants repeatedly made public appearances during which they assailed one another with words that could come back to haunt their party’s ultimate candidate for president.The format in which they appeared encouraged such a bloodyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Edwards Opportunity?: The surprising late surge of North Carolina Senator John Edwards in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday makes the March 2 New York primary more interesting, but probably does not give Edwards the momentum he needs to take the Empire State, some local analystsRead More


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