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Jews for Jesus Draws Opposition in Florida

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A fierce religious turf battle exploded in South Florida last month, as a Christian missionary blitz drew fierce opposition from Jewish groups.As part of its “Behold Your God” campaign, several dozen Jews for Jesus activists spent two weeks in mid-December attempting to win over members of the 225,000-personRead More


Bush Seeks To Pressure Iran, Syria On Weapons

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Encouraged by Libya’s surprise decision to abandon its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration has instructed its Middle East experts to seek ways of pressing for similar changes in Syria and Iran.Staffers at the State and Defense departments have been told to step up efforts to elicit change in theRead More


Israelis Help Iran Victims Despite Rebuff

By Nathaniel Popper

Israel’s president is calling on Israeli citizens to find ways of donating to Iranian relief indirectly through international humanitarian organizations, despite Iran’s rejection of aid from the Jewish state.“I am sorry about the decision of the rulers of Iran to reject the humanitarian good will of the citizens of Israel,”Read More


News Report on Illegal Outposts Prompts Calls for Probe of WZO

By Nacha Cattan

American Jewish communal leaders are calling for an investigation into the activities of the World Zionist Organization, a Jerusalem-based confederation of Diaspora Zionist groups, following an Israeli news report alleging that the body was funneling money to illegal settlement outposts.The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported on December 26 thatRead More


Florida Shoah Survivors Facing New Set of Woes: Age, Infirmity, Poverty

By Nacha Cattan

HALLANDALE, Fla. — With thick-rimmed glasses perched on his forehead and his hands folded across a woolly knit sweater, Aaron Stern looks more like the world-renowned behavioral scientist he once was than the man he has become: a Holocaust survivor who cannot pay his own rent.The articulate 85-year-old has triumphed over enough adversity forRead More


Right Wing Gears Up for Clash With Sharon

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s right wing is gearing up for a confrontation with the government in the coming days, in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s decision this week to start removing so-called illegal Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.Sharon announced on Sunday that he had decided to remove four outposts, out of an estimated 50 toRead More


Senator: Saddam Nab, Dean’s Rise Make GOP An Easy Sell

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein and the rise of Howard Dean are making President Bush and the Republican Party a much easier sell in the Jewish community, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says.“My effort is made easier by Howard Dean, by Dean’s not having a strong record on the war on terror, by his comments on Saddam, by his comments onRead More


In New Hampshire, People Power Drives Primary

By E.J. Kessler

LACONIA, N.H. — Standing before a roaring fire on a cold night in the living room of a comfortable home here, Josh Levin demonstrated why Howard Dean is running away with the hearts of New Hampshire voters — and, probably, his party’s nomination.Levin, 25, a native of Chicago transplanted to this small town by the Dean campaign, stood beforeRead More


Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Politics by Other Means: The secret of our success, goes an old CIA proverb, is the secret of our success. The essence of the adage, to judge by recent public criticism of the intelligence community, has been lost on the agency’s fellow spooks over at the Defense Department.For much of the last year, the Pentagon’s prominent roleRead More





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