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Nursing Homes Renovate Identities In Search for Deep-pocketed Patients

By Nathaniel Popper

SKOKIE, Ill. — Sitting in this northern suburb of Chicago, the Lieberman Geriatric Centre is part of a long Jewish tradition of caring for the neediest elderly members of the community. A total of 135 of the institution’s 240 coveted nursing home beds are filled by patients on Medicaid, the government health insurance forRead More


...Or Save the Sick?

By Arlen Specter

I have a constituent by the name of Jim Cordy who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. When I am at events in the Pittsburgh area, I often see Jim hold up an hourglass to demonstrate how delays in critical medical research have left him watching the hours of his life slip away just as the sand slips a grain at a time through the hourglass.JimRead More


Making Sure Art, Politics Don’t Get Lost in Translation

By Adelle Waldman

In 1929, 5-year-old Beate Sirota’s parents fortuitously moved their family out of Vienna. But unlike many European Jews, the Sirotas did not leave because of antisemitism, and they did not flee to the relative safety of the United States or to Israel. They moved to Japan, from one soon-to-be Axis country to another.For Beate Sirota — now BeateRead More


Newsdesk May 14, 2004

Syria Dumps MinisterThe U.S. decision to slap Syria with sanctions appears to have cost the country’s defense minister, General Mustapha Tlass, his job.After serving more than 30 years in his post and 50 years in the Syrian military, Tlass has been booted from the cabinet of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Tlass left office Tuesday, the veryRead More


Junk-bond King To Keynote Israel Bonds Event

By Nathaniel Popper

Michael Milken, the former “junk-bond king,” will give what has been billed as a “stirring” talk at an event this Sunday for investors in Israel Bonds.Milken’s speech for investors carries some historical irony, as it comes from a man who has been barred for life by the United States from taking part in any transactions in the securitiesRead More


Thief Stole More Than Hearts on JDate

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — An Orlando man who used the Jewish Internet dating service JDate to lure women into dating him was arrested in Broward County last week with bail set at $21,000.Police charged Ivan Urquiza, 34, with grand theft, attempting to use another person’s identity without consent, and intimidating or threatening a witness orRead More


Zell Denies Salon Quotes on Chalabi

Jerusalem-based lawyer Marc Zell denied a report in the online magazine Salon.com that he had criticized Iraqi leader Ahmed Chalabi.In a letter to Salon dated May 6, Zell disavowed all the quotes contained in an article written by John Dizard, a Financial Times columnist. The quotes were mentioned in a story that appeared in the May 7 edition ofRead More


Death Ends Slain American’s Religious Journey

By Steven I. Weiss and Ami Eden

Being Jewish may have cost Nicholas Berg his life, said the father of the 26-year-old American contractor who was decapitated by Islamic militants in Iraq.The Forward has learned that the slain American had, during the past year, intensified his study and observance of Judaism, and taken to wearing tzitzit, or ritual fringes. His father, MichaelRead More


As Prisoner Abuse Controversy Rages, Most Groups Keep Quiet

By Miriam Colton

As the scandal over U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners mounts, only a handful of Jewish organizations have stepped forward to speak out on the issue.Three of the organizations — the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council for Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — issued statements condemning the turn of the events.Read More


White House Pressures Sharon on Disengagement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as he struggles for his political survival, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is under pressure from the Bush administration to push ahead with his disengagement plan and fulfill his other commitments to the White House.Sharon has been scrambling to maintain support for the disengagement plan — which calls for aRead More


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