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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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Critique: The campaign of John Kerry is missing an opportunity to criticize President Bush’s lack of adroitness in selling Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan internationally, some Democrats are saying.Others feel that Kerry should be attacking the president for immediately backtracking on his promises to Sharon.In otherRead 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


Sex Offender Becomes ‘Kabbalah Coach’

By Steven I. Weiss

A convicted sex offender in Los Angeles has used an assumed name to market himself as a rabbi and Kabbalah instructor.Michael Ozair, who pleaded no contest to oral copulation of a 14-year-old girl in 2002, had until earlier this week been advertising himself as Rabbi Michael Ezra, the “Kabbalah Coach.”The KabbalahCoach.com Web site, registeredRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Charming Kerry: Seeking to show an important Jewish communal group how his experiences visiting Israel had affected him personally, John Kerry told a number of stories during a speech Monday at the annual conference in Washington of the Anti-Defamation League.Before a crowd of more than 500, Kerry spoke about his trips to Israel and his friendshipRead More


Popular Market Chain Pulls Empire Products

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trader Joe’s supermarket chain recently decided to pull the products of the world’s largest kosher poultry provider and distributor, Empire Kosher, off the shelves of some 150 West Coast stores.Officials from both companies declined to say why Trader Joe’s, a 216-store boutique grocery chain, decidedRead More


Ousted Student Leader Becomes Darling of Left

By Nathaniel Popper

An irate e-mail to the Israeli Embassy in Washington may have cost Jilian Redford her job as the leader of the Jewish student organization on her campus, but it transformed the 20-year-old into a darling of Jewish peace activists nationwide.Since her ouster in February as president of the Hillel at the University of Richmond, Redford hasRead More


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