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Wesley Clark Jumps in With Kosher-Style Kickoff

By E.J. Kessler

It was only in his 20s that Wesley Clark, the retired general and Iraq war critic, discovered his Jewish ancestry. But the newest entry in the Democratic presidential race has wasted no time in bringing his fledgling campaign to Jewish precincts — and by this week he seemed poised to inherit some Jewish voters uncomfortableRead More


Baltimore Shul Tests Conservatives’ Policy on Gay Vows

By Nacha Cattan

The board of directors of Baltimore’s largest Conservative synagogue has voted to allow its rabbis to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies in the sanctuary.Last month two women became the first couple to take advantage of the new policy at Beth El Congregation on Park Heights Avenue, a 1,750-family synagogue located in an area of theRead More


After a Child’s Death, Discovering Signs and Wonders

By Nathaniel Popper

Two years and an ocean removed from the brutal murder of her 13-year-old son, Sherri Mandell still has problems confronting the question “How are you doing?” with much more than downcast eyes and a sigh.“The grief stays with you. It’s not something that goes away,” she said before beginning lunch with the Forward last week, whileRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Raiders of the Lost Art: The inability of the American military to prevent the looting of the Baghdad Museum during the early stages of the war in Iraq constituted, to many critics around the world, nothing less than aiding and abetting the plunder of the cradle of civilization.With cross-cultural sensitivity presumablyRead More


Newsdesk September 26, 2003

Groups Push for AIDS FundsThe campaign to push for more money to fight AIDS in Africa is uniting Jewish groups with rock stars, Christian leaders, human-rights activists and Africa advocates.The orchestrated effort is aimed at trying to convince the White House and the Republican congressional leadership to appropriate the fullRead More


Support for Syria Bill Grows in Congress

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Congressional support is mounting for tougher action against Syria and Iran, as the White House insists that both countries are attempting to develop weapons of mass destruction.The new congressional push for sanctions comes after senior Bush administration officials testified last week that Iran already has the ability to buildRead More


ADL Causes Stir

By Nathaniel Popper

fascist party, and the other part of his government was the Northern Alliance, which is composed of racists from the north who regard the southerners as degenerate. Does that sound like a good human rights and civil rights record to you?”Even for some people sympathetic to the ADL’s decision, Berlusconi’s past is cause for pause.“IRead More


Report Finds Flaws in Population Survey

By Nacha Cattan

A recently released review by leading survey researchers has pointed to holes in the methodology of the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 that could have led to an undercount of the Jewish population.The review comes as emotions over the controversial population survey conducted by United Jewish Communities are reaching a feverRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hello, Goodbye: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is welcoming retired general Wesley Clark into the Democratic presidential race even as he is insisting that in at least one way, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is outside the Democratic Party.During a conference call September 19 with reporters from Jewish publications, aRead More


Starting a Revolution in the National Religious Party

By Eric Marx

Some women just won’t take no for an answer.After Gila Finkelstein helped to broaden Israel’s National Religious Party base as a candidate in the 1999 parliamentary elections, she thought she would gain a seat representing the party in the Knesset. But party leaders — notably Israel’s former Sephardic chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu,Read More





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