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Rightist Minister Bridges Religious Divide, for Tourism

By Eric Marx

To most observers in this country, Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon does not readily conjure up images of pluralism and tolerance.Leader of the far-right Moledet Party, which advocates the “transfer” of Palestinians from the West Bank to nearby Arab countries, Elon is seen as one of the most politically extreme figures in Prime MinisterRead More


Back-to-School Shpilkes

By Marjorie Ingall

It’s finally starting to feel like autumn here in New York. Apples are getting crisper. Josie wore her first jumper and tights (which she refers to as her “jump-rope and kites”). We bought new leather shoes. And all the mameles I know with kids in school are breathing huge sighs of relief and making plans to go out for coffee.Josie turns 2Read More


Peru’s Outspoken First Lady Redefines a Traditional Role

By Marc Perelman

Eliane Karp does not match the usual job description for first lady of Peru. In a country where machismo is alive and well, the first lady is expected to be native-born, Catholic, dark-haired and (very) quiet. Karp is Belgian-born, Jewish, red-haired and (very) outspoken.But she does not mind challenging people’s expectations.“They seeRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Theological Iron Curtain: As former Vermont governor Howard Dean has ridden the wave of anti-Iraq war sentiment to the front of the Democratic presidential pack, pro-war party stalwarts have had a rough time carving a position palatable to liberals.The increasingly bogged-down occupation of Iraq may, however, prove to be a boon to at least oneRead More


JCC Director Forced Out

By Nacha Cattan

The founding director of the acclaimed Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Debby Hirshman, was asked to step down the day before Rosh Hashana after 13 years of service, the Forward has learned.A JCC press release states that Hirshman resigned, but the co-chair of the JCC board told the Forward that the board had askedRead More


Newsdesk October 10, 2003

Twin Vandalism Incidents in BrooklynAt least 35 tires were slashed in a Jewish section of the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn over Yom Kippur, and a Jewish neighborhood patrol says a cup of urine was thrown into a synagogue while people were praying.Meanwhile, in Sheepshead Bay, another predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, sixRead More


War for Jewish Vote Seen in Philly Mayoral Race

By E.J. Kessler

Four years ago, a whopping 82% of Jewish voters in Philadelphia’s mayoral election cast ballots for Republican Sam Katz, who narrowly lost to Democrat John Street. Next month, Katz faces Street again in a rematch, but Street supporters say that many city Jews may abandon Katz this time around.Street adviser David Hyman, a former president of theRead More


Dems Stand With Bush on Syria Attack

By E.J. Kessler

The top Democratic presidential candidates, who have differed sharply with President Bush over his conduct of the Iraq war, are registering their agreement with him over his support for Israel’s bombing of a terrorist target in Syria.The president called the airborne attack, which hit what Israel described as a training camp of Islamic JihadRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Damage Control: Former Vermont governor Howard Dean has hired the former Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to do outreach for him in the Jewish community.Matthew Dorf, a partner in Rabinowitz Media, a Washington public relations firm, has been hired as a senior adviser to the campaign. Before joining Rabinowitz asRead More


Gephardt Backs ‘Fence’ Regardless of Path

By E.J. Kessler

Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri is offering a decidedly different position from President Bush on Israel’s controversial West Bank security barrier.Gephardt told the Forward that he has strongly supported the fence — regardless of exactly where it runs — ever since it was first proposed by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He said heRead More





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