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Jewish Groups Choose Sides on Vouchers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With Congress battling over a bill that would strongly influence the future of the school vouchers debate nationwide, Jewish groups on both sides are jumping into the fray.Orthodox Jewish organizations are rallying behind a measure passed by the House of Representatives last week that would bring vouchers to the DistrictRead More


Welfare Bill Drawing Strong Opposition

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A welfare-reform bill endorsed by the Bush administration and working its way through the Republican-controlled Congress is drawing fierce opposition from a coalition of Jewish organizations.The Senate Finance Committee approved a version of the bill last week, which would increase work requirements and cutRead More


Democrats Differ Over Loan Guarantees

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s decision this week to deduct funds that Israel spends on West Bank construction from American loan guarantees pointed up the cleavages in the foreign policy stances of the top Democratic presidential candidates.Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt chose to attackRead More


Jewish Terrorist Suspects Released

JERUSALEM — Nine of the 12 men arrested on suspicion of links to a Jewish terrorist cell were released from custody last week. Sources involved in the investigation say the police and the Shin Bet General Security Service failed to prove the suspects’ involvement in terrorist activities.“The mountain has turned into a molehill,” said oneRead More


Molestation Case Is Dismissed By Rabbinical Court

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The rabbinical court that was to hear testimony from American-born Rabbi Matis Weinberg regarding accusations of alleged molestation of yeshiva students has dismissed the case because of a lack of witnesses to recent alleged impropriety.Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, head of the three-rabbi beit din, or rabbinic tribunal, told the ForwardRead More


Likud Lawmakers Facing Indictment in Voting Scandal

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Two Likud Knesset members are set to be indicted for double voting, marking the first time that such action has been taken against legislators relating to activities conducted inside the Israeli parliament building.Likud lawmakers Michael Gorlovsky and Yechiel Hazan will be indicted shortly on charges thatRead More


Rabbinical Election Stirs Confusion in Ukraine

KIEV — When Rabbi Azrael Haikin of Brussels was elected earlier this month to be Ukraine’s new chief rabbi, many saw it as a positive sign of Jewish renewal in a former Soviet republic.“This decision, without doubt, represents a milestone in the history of the rebirth of Jewish life in Ukraine,” said a statement by the Jewish communityRead More


Terrorism Experts Meet in Vacation Destination

By Marc Perelman

PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina – Earlier this month, tourists returning to the luxurious Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel from an excursion to the scenic Iguazu waterfalls separating Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay were greeted by a chilling sight — a throng of men in dark suits crowded around a large black message board with the ominousRead More


‘Tasteless’ Hitler Wine Causing Headaches Throughout Europe

By Max Gross

When German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries recently called a line of Italian wines “tasteless,” she wasn’t referring to the grapes.Since 1995, a winery in northern Italy called Azienda Vinicola Alessandro Lunardelli has produced a line of “historical” wines featuring images of important men of historyRead More


Plan for Community Center Near Babi Yar Raises Ire

By Rachel Zuckerman

A group of Ukrainian Jews in America is lambasting a plan by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to build a Jewish community center near the site of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev.In a petition sent in July to Russian-language American newspapers and Jewish organizations, the ad-hoc committee known as Save the Babi Yar — comprisingRead More





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