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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


Foes Warn Measure Could Hurt Efforts To Fight Bias

By Daniel Treiman

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial bid is overshadowing a ballot initiative that will either — depending upon whom one asks — bring the Golden State one step closer to realizing the dream of a color-blind society or stymie government efforts to fight discrimination and serve an ethnically diverse population.Proposition 54, aRead More


Stymied Administration Slams Both Sides

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Stymied by the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic deadlock and seemingly unwilling to risk its shrinking political capital, the Bush administration issued a round of contradictory, top-level messages this week that left observers convinced it was merely trying to buy time while appearing engaged.The apparent confusion reached its heightRead More


Israel’s Richest Woman Packs Her Bags

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – With an estimated worth of $2.4 billion, Shari Arison is the richest woman, and perhaps the richest citizen, in Israel. Or, rather, she was.Arison, a banking and corporate executive who ranked 158th on this year’s Forbes list of richest people in the world, is not suddenly facing poverty. She is no longer the richest woman inRead More





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