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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


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


Rabbi Presses the President On Rise in American Poverty

By Ami Eden

President Bush got an earful from one of the 16 rabbis he invited to the White House Monday.Made up mostly of Orthodox clergymen, the group focused on issues related to Israel and the war on terrorism, according to several participants. Two rabbis urged Bush to consider clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. But, during a sudden lullRead More


Rhetoric Escalates Over Pilots’ Rebellion

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The shocking announcement by 27 Air Force pilots that they would refuse to participate in what they called “illegal and immoral” assassination attempts against Palestinian terrorists is hitting a raw nerve among army generals and reopening the bitter schisms in Israeli politics.While described as an “insignificant minority”Read More


Germans Reexamine Their Own WWII Suffering

By Nathaniel Popper

The landscape of German communal memory has undergone a seismic shift in the past year, if a series of film screenings and panel discussions over the next month at New York’s Goethe Institute is any indication.Until recently, any German discussion of World War II focused on the pain the Nazis inflicted on others. The suffering ofRead More


Congress Pushing Bush on Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by Saudi Arabia, even as congressional pressure mounts on the Bush administration to confront Riyadh’s alleged funding of Hamas.Congressmen from both parties are demanding that the administration pressure the Saudi government into enforcing a decree issued by Crown Prince Abdullah more than a year agoRead More


Kudos for the King of ‘Clowns’

By Wendy Wasserstein

Playwright Herb Gardner found success when he was just 27 years old. The Brooklyn boy, who graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and sold orange drink at the Cort and National theaters, won the New York Drama Critics Prize as most promising playwright of the season when his show “A Thousand Clowns” opened on Broadway in 1962. HisRead More


Morocco Considering Renewed Relations

By Marc Perelman

Morocco and Israel are mulling a resumption of diplomatic relations, which were severed by the Arab kingdom after the outbreak of the intifada.After resuming public meetings and contacts with Israeli officials in recent weeks, King Mohammed VI of Morocco told American Jewish communal leaders in New York last week thatRead More





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