By E.J. Kessler

Ready to Rumble: More than 20 Jewish Democratic lawmakers are volunteering to debate President Bush’s Jewish Republican partisans on any aspect of John Kerry’s record.“The Bush-Cheney campaign thought they could get away with mischaracterizing Kerry’s record. Let’s do Israel. Let’s do domestic policy. Bring it on,” said the executiveRead More

Newsdesk July 23, 2004

Chirac: No Note to SharonFrench President Jacques Chirac denied reports that he rescinded an invitation to Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to visit Paris.On Monday, it was reported that Chirac had sent a letter to Sharon after the Israeli leader called on French Jews to move to Israel because of antisemitism in France.Read More

Christie’s Offering A Little Shpritz Of Memorabilia

By Jennifer Siegel

This week at Christie’s, the venerable British auction house: an oil on canvas by Stephen J. Renard (British, b. 1947), titled “Yankee, Ranger and Endeavour II.” Estimate: $30,000-50,000.Also at Christie’s this week: A bunch of Jewish tchotchkes, including ceramic spittoons, seltzer bottles and hand-painted Yiddish signs. Estimate:Read More

Chess Master Pawned Identity for Hatred

By Nathaniel Popper

Years before Bobby Fischer became an international chess star, and decades before he was arrested last week in a Tokyo airport, Arnold Denker knew him as an insecure boy with serious anxieties about his ethnic background.A former American chess champion who served as a surrogate father of sorts to the fatherless Fischer, DenkerRead More

The Forgotten Victims of AMIA

By Avi Weiss

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist bombing that left 85 dead and 300 injured. As each victim’s name was read out loud, the crowd respectfully, but firmly, cried, “Presente.” The dead were present — in our hearts,Read More


By E.J. Kessler

The United States Senate race in Florida is being roiled by allegations that the leading Democratic candidate failed to act strongly enough against a suspected terrorist.Democratic front-runner Betty Castor is being slammed for failing to dismiss and speak out against computer science professor Sami Al-Arian during Castor’s tenure as presidentRead More

Bush Tries Diplomacy To Tackle Iran Nukes

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration is working with European governments on a plan to kick the question of Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the United Nations Security Council as a part of a broader examination of nuclear proliferation.The strategy — combining gradualism, multilateralism and a reliance on the United Nations — contrasts sharply with theRead More

Groups Launch Advocacy Effort To Head Off U.N. Vote on Fence

By Marc Perelman

Israel and Its American Supporters are Waging a Major Advocacy Campaign to Thwart Palestinian Efforts to Have the Security Council Act on the International Court of Justice’s Ruling Against the West Bank Security Fence.Read More


By E.J. Kessler

As Democrats deal with labor unrest and the possibility of inadequate facilities at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, observant Jewish delegates are contending with a different set of challenges: The first days of the convention fall within the traditional Jewish “Nine Days” of mourning for the lost Temples of ancientRead More

Garden State Philanthropist Arrested

The arrest of Charles Kushner seems likely to put an end to one of the most remarkable careers in Jewish philanthropy and public life in New Jersey.Kushner, the high-profile political donor and real estate mogul arrested Tuesday for allegedly hiring a call girl in an effort to blackmail a witness in a New Jersey corruption probe, is a pillarRead More

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