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Middle Class Feeling Pain Of Lengthy Jobs Dearth

By Nathaniel Popper

One number stood out among the disappointing employment statistics for February released last week: The average length of unemployment rose to 20.3 weeks — the highest in two decades.The lengthening tenure of the unemployed comes as little surprise to Joel Shurkin, a reporter who shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the ThreeRead More


U.S. Plans To Pressure Iranians Over Nukes

By Marc Perelman

In a bid to get Iran to halt its nuclear programs, the Bush administration is planning to expose the regime’s hidden nuclear activities in the run-up to a key meeting in June of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to people close to the issue.Two sources said that the United States and Israel have intelligence on Iran’s nuclearRead More


Defending Withdrawal Plan, Sharon Aims at Top General

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — While Israel and the world community try to guess just what Prime Minister Sharon means when he speaks of his “disengagement plan,” Sharon himself has begun lashing out at the plan’s critics, choosing as his first target an unlikely — and quite unsuspecting — opponent: Israel’s military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. MosheRead More


Reform Rabbis Seek To Revive Food Laws

By Nacha Cattan

More than a century after the founders of Reform Judaism rejected kosher dietary laws as outdated practices likely to “obstruct” modern spiritual development, a growing cadre of the movement’s religious leaders are seeking to revive the practice.Discussion about resurrecting the observance of kosher laws, or kashrut, dominated the latestRead More


Fiddling With Tradition: Does Musical Misstep?

By Ami Eden

Mel Gibson isn’t the only director generating a heated debate over his depiction of Jews.As “The Passion of the Christ” racked up more than $200 million at movie theaters in just two weeks and generated loads of media attention, a burgeoning debate has emerged over the latest Broadway incarnation of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed byRead More


Newsdesk March 5, 2004

Saudis Relent on VisasSaudi Arabia’s government last week dropped a reference on its official tourism Web site to “Jewish people” as a category of foreigners barred from receiving visas to visit Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington told the Forward that the online content was “unauthorized,” andRead More


Violence, Anarchy Reign as P.A. Teeters

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

JERUSALEM — Amid growing indications that anarchy and lawlessness are reaching a critical stage within the Palestinian territories, observers now are wondering aloud if the financially broke and politically splintered Palestinian Authority is on the verge of collapse.The mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus, Ghassan Shakah, resigned last weekRead More


White House Is Cool to Settlement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is rejecting Jerusalem’s demand for American approval of a plan to strengthen several key blocks of Jewish settlements in exchange for a complete Israeli pullback from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to fortify large blocks of Jewish settlements in the West BankRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When Massachusetts Senator John Kerry learned last year that his paternal grandparents in 19th-century Austria had converted to Catholicism from Judaism, one of the first people he called was his younger brother, Cameron.The younger Kerry was surprised.In an interview at John Kerry’s New York headquarters last Friday, Cameron KerryRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

King Kerry: Jewish voters in the March 2 Super Tuesday primary states cast their ballots for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry in higher percentages than did voters of other religions, according to exit polling data.Their vote, which mirrors earlier primary results, suggests that Jewish Democrats — a high-turnout, activist group that isRead More


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