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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Food Fight: Here’s a delicious piece of opposition research that crossed our desk: A campaign that does not want to be identified was hoping — tongue in cheek, of course — that it could get someone to slice into former Vermont governor Howard Dean for an old position he took on a Jewish hole-y matter.Seems that in the 1990s, whenRead More


General Assembly Draws Record Numbers to Jerusalem Meeting

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — With 4,000 delegates from North America and another 2,000 from Israel, this week’s General Assembly of Jewish philanthropic federations was the largest in history. The numbers tell the tale: 14 hotels in Jerusalem were fully booked, totaling 40,000 hotel nights. Some $15 million was injected into the Israeli economy, including $3Read More


At Federations’ Confab, Talk Focuses on Israeli Policies

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — It happens every year: Leaders of Jewish communal federations across North America gather in a different city to see old friends and meet new ones, to hear speakers on the hot topics facing Jews in their community and worldwide. Some issues are perennial and some problems persist, but this year, because the General Assembly of UnitedRead More


Billionaire Philanthropist Laurence Tisch Dies at 80

By Nacha Cattan

Laurence Tisch, the hotelier, corporate empire builder and champion of Jewish and general philanthropy, died of complications from cancer November 15 at the eponymous Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center. He was 80.A self-made billionaire, Tisch built a sprawling business conglomerate with his brother Preston thatRead More


A Traveling Holiday

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27. Or so they would have you believe. With life as complicated as it is, and everything from DVD players to the Internet being “wireless,” doesn’t it stand to reason that holidays can be portable too?Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are usually happy, food-filled marks of a specific timeRead More


The Spooks Speak: Former Shin Bet Chiefs Talk of Peace

Following are excerpts from a round-table discussion among four former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet General Security Service, published November 14 by Yediot Aharonot. The participants: Avraham Shalom (director 1980-1986), Yaakov Peri (1988-1995), Carmi Gillon (1995-96) and Ami Ayalon (1996-2000). All rose through the ranks, except Ayalon, aRead More


Lawmakers Hail Netanyahu Plan For Economy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are hailing the plans of Israel’s finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking to heal Israel’s war-ravaged economy with a set of reforms modeled on those of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.Last week, Netanyahu impressed a crowd of 10 senators and dozens of congressional staffers on Capitol HillRead More


Community Gathers To Grieve in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul’s Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey’s commercial capital.Ulcer’s devotion cost him his life: He was one of 25 people, including six Jews,Read More


The Lesson From Istanbul: Terrorism Knows No Borders

By Zeyno Baran

The terrorist attacks against two synagogues in Istanbul on November 15 should serve as another warning of the grand ambitions of the global jihadist movement. The territory of NATO’s only Muslim member, a country that has been an American ally for 50 years, is now part of the global battlefield in the war against terrorism. Al Qaeda and itsRead More


Europe’s Leaders Confront Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings of synagogues in Turkey and an attack on a Jewish school in France appear to have jolted European leaders into action against antisemitism.After the school near Paris was burned down last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced the creation of a special inter-ministerial entity to deal with antisemiticRead More





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