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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Baker Botch: A top New York supporter of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is saying that the candidate told him he made a “mistake” when he named former president Jimmy Carter or former secretary of state James Baker as possible Middle East envoys in a December speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon SilverRead More


Annan Eyes Judge For Rights Position

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked a prominent Canadian judge to assume the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Forward has learned.Louise Arbour, a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada and former chief prosecutor on the United Nations international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia,Read More


The Man Behind the Boss

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — More than 650 mourners recently gathered at Goldstein’s Funeral Home to say goodbye to an old friend, legendary radio personality Ed Sciaky.Sciaky, who dropped dead January 30 on a New York street corner at age 55, was more than just a disc jockey. He was as passionate about the music he played as anyone who ever satRead More


Cries of Foul After Basketball Game At a Tony Private School Turns Ugly

By Nathaniel Popper

A tempest has been swirling inside the delicate gilded teapot of New York high society after basketball fans of the elite Trinity School taunted a Jewish player for the opposing Dalton school with calls of “gefilte fish, gefilte fish,” and “hey, he fouled him… that’s not kosher!”One Dalton parent challenged the hecklers at the FridayRead More


As Expenses Rise, Primary Voters Focus on Health Care

By Nathaniel Popper

Shortly before he went off to vote in the Missouri Democratic primary on February 3, 68-year old Carl Moskowitz learned that the premium for his retiree health plan was doubling to $250 a month. Suddenly the issue of health care became integral as he listened to the candidates present their case.“I hadn’t thought about this in previousRead More


Big Groups To Address Gay Rights Questions

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Nacha Cattan

WASHINGTON — The divisive national debate over gay rights is about to spill over into the Jewish organizational world, as leaders of a dozen of the nation’s largest Jewish groups prepare to gather in Boston and try to hammer out a joint Jewish communal position on the issue.The topic will take center stage later this month at theRead More


In Turmoil, Iran Snubs A Gesture By Specter

By Marc Perelman

The electoral turmoil in Iran has scuttled a controversial visit to Iran by congressional staffers that was seen by moderates as a possible turning point in U.S.-Iranian relations.Iranian officials decided to shelve a planned visit by aides of three lawmakers, Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Rep.Read More


Passionate but Modest Proposal Calls for Sane, Humane Zionism

By Shlomo Avineri

The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine By Arthur Hertzberg HarperSanFrancisco,

208 pages, $19.95. * * *Arthur Hertzberg is a rare bird on the American Jewish scene: a Jewish public intellectual who is also a Jewish leader. Once upon a time — when there were not many Jewish academics in the United States —Read More


Israeli Intelligence Probe Asks: What Did We Know and When?

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — As a special Knesset investigative committee began drafting its report this week on Israeli intelligence leading up to the Iraq war, Israel’s defense establishment found itself caught up in an unexpected debate over whether Israel had overstated the Iraqi threat, and why.The Knesset probe, headed by LikudRead More


‘Passion’ Debate Risks Alienating Christian Allies

By Sara Liss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Standing before a room full of Anti-Defamation League leaders at the Italian Renaissance-style Majestic Breakers hotel here, Rabbi Robert Levine appeared to be preaching to the converted as he tore into Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”But then Levine, the religious leader of Congregation Rodeph Shalom inRead More





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