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‘Passion’ Debate Risks Alienating Christian Allies

By Sara Liss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Standing before a room full of Anti-Defamation League leaders at the Italian Renaissance-style Majestic Breakers hotel here, Rabbi Robert Levine appeared to be preaching to the converted as he tore into Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”But then Levine, the religious leader of Congregation Rodeph Shalom inRead More


Chabad, Secular Groups Battle in Austria

VIENNA — A group linked to the Chabad movement has been cozying up to the government of Austria and the European Commission, angering secular groups that have been battling those entities in an attempt to get them to act against rising continental antisemitism.Last week, a three-day rabbinical conference organizedRead More


Newsdesk February 13, 2004

Melee at KnessetViolence broke out in the Knesset last Monday, when several local Likud party activists ran amok after being denied entry to a closed committee meeting.The dispute arose when a group of Likud Central Committee members arrived to monitor a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, which was to discuss privatization of anRead More


French Judge Sees Growing Cooperation With U.S. Against Terrorism

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Despite their public sparring over Iraq and other issues, America and France have stepped up their cooperation against terrorism during the past three years.French and American police, intelligence and judicial officials involved in tracking radical Muslim groups and individuals have been exchanging information and tips on anRead More


Skepticism Greets Bush’s Mideast Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s new Greater Middle East Initiative, touted by officials as a major push to promote democracy across the Arab and Muslim world, is receiving mixed reviews from Middle East experts, diplomats and even some administration officials.Critics said that the initiative, disclosed February 9 by the Washington PostRead More


Communal Organizations Eye Lieberman

By Nacha Cattan

Senator Joseph Lieberman may have given up the presidential ticket, but some of his Jewish admirers have a new mission for him: leader of a major Jewish organization.It’s a mission that his closest friends and relatives says he’s highly unlikely to accept. “No way, no how,” said one close associate of Lieberman’s.Leaders of severalRead More


JTS Chief Opposes Policy Change

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, told the Forward that he opposes any change to the Conservative movement’s prohibition against ordaining gay rabbis or sanctioning same-sex commitment ceremonies.Schorsch outlined his position this week while attending the annual convention of the ConservativeRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Baker Botch: A top New York supporter of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is saying that the candidate told him he made a “mistake” when he named former president Jimmy Carter or former secretary of state James Baker as possible Middle East envoys in a December speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon SilverRead More


Annan Eyes Judge For Rights Position

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked a prominent Canadian judge to assume the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Forward has learned.Louise Arbour, a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada and former chief prosecutor on the United Nations international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia,Read More


The Man Behind the Boss

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — More than 650 mourners recently gathered at Goldstein’s Funeral Home to say goodbye to an old friend, legendary radio personality Ed Sciaky.Sciaky, who dropped dead January 30 on a New York street corner at age 55, was more than just a disc jockey. He was as passionate about the music he played as anyone who ever satRead More


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