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Newsdesk May 7, 2004

Change Set on ChaplainsThe Jewish Welfare Board is set to lose its monopoly on authorizing Jewish military chaplains, according to a news report in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.According to the report, the military plans to open up the process to other non-profit organizations. Critics claim that the JWB has failed to meet the needs ofRead More


Passions Flare at Swiss Banks Hearing

By Nathaniel Popper

BROOKLYN —Even before the hearing opened here into the distribution of unclaimed funds from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement, a confrontation erupted.A group of elderly men stood outside the courthouse with signs around their necks that said “Mathausen” and “Dachau,” in English and Russian. An older woman approached them andRead More


Sharon Fights To Save Plan, Political Life

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Following his drubbing in a Likud party referendum of his own devising — widely seen as the worst political blunder ever by an Israeli leader — Prime Minister Sharon was struggling this week to find a way of staving off the demise of his disengagement initiative and, some said, of his career.The initiative, whichRead More


Survey Released on Jewish Women’s Sexuality

Orthodox Jewish women experience a relatively high level of frequent sexual activity, but low levels of emotional and physical satisfaction, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York. The study was based on anonymous, self-administered questionnaires filled out byRead More


Moshe Dworkin, Founding ‘Moment’ Publisher, 68

Moshe Dworkin, a devotee of Jewish culture and a board member of myriad Jewish organizations, died last week in a nursing home in Belmont, Mass. at the age of 68. He had been suffering for two years from complications from a stroke.Involved in media — both as a professional and a volunteer — Dworkin was the founding publisher of MomentRead More


Geneva Coalition To Push Peace Initiative

By Marc Perelman

The authors of the Geneva peace initiative are trying to revive their advocacy campaign just as the Bush administration is endorsing Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.The group, an ad hoc coalition of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics and retired military and security officials, is opening an office in New York thatRead More


Envoy’s Daughter Resigns From CNN

CNN announced in Atlanta this week that reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, had resigned from the network last Friday. Her resignation followed the announcement that she was engaged to a Jordanian prince, the Associated Press reported.Brahimi is engaged to Prince Ali, a half-brother of KingRead More


In a Time of Dissent, Jewish Conservatives Close Ranks

By Nathaniel Popper

A lone dissenter was left yelling his support for the settlers in Gaza at Sunday’s panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Policy Center, an offshoot of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The man was angry about how quickly the conservative panelists had dispensed with a question about the morality of forcing Israeli settlers out of Gaza.OneRead More


Leading Liberal Mag Yanks Ad Denying Holocaust

By Miriam Colton

A leading U.S. Holocaust-denial group’s advertisements were pulled from a liberal weekly, The Nation, after protests from editorial staffers and Jewish organizations.The May 3 issue of the magazine featured a promotional ad for the book “The Founding Myths of Modern Israel.” The ad claimed that the book dissects historical myths usedRead More


Freed From Shackles of the Past, Europe Forges a Unified Future

By Nils Muiznieks

This weekend, much of Central and Eastern Europe will be celebrating as my country of Latvia and nine other new member-states officially join the European Union. Last month, five of those states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia — also joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.For many in Central and Eastern Europe,Read More


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