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Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


Israel Fears Isolation, Sanctions Over Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bracing for a ruling against its separation fence by the World Court — which could pave the way for South Africa-style international sanctions — Israel and its allies here are considering a campaign to discredit the court as a biased organ of the United Nations.The proposed campaign is highly controversial even amongRead More


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Neoconspiracy Theories: The notion that neoconservatives are “Jews who serve the interests of Israel” has been embraced “with varying degrees of delicacy” by political actors ranging from Patrick Buchanan to European news outlets, writes Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing editor to The WeeklyRead More


U.S. Group Pushes Israeli Nutrition Bill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual step, the National Council of Jewish Women has called on its members and supporters to encourage Israeli legislators to support a bill that would provide every Israeli student with a daily hot, nutritious meal.American Jewish organizations rarely lobby Israeli Knesset members on legislation, and the NCJW isRead More


Software To Aid Military in Civilian Areas

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The American military is looking to Israel for expertise in dealing with Iraq’s civilian population, possibly adapting Israeli software for use in teaching American soldiers how to minimize friction with occupied Iraqis.The IDF officer who initiated and directed the production of the educational software, Lt. Col. Amos Guiora,Read More


Newsdesk January 2, 2004

Church-State SuitThe American Jewish Congress is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for summary judgment declaring unconstitutional a program by AmeriCorps, the federal service corps, placing religion teachers in sectarian schools.The AmeriCorps program promotes religious indoctrination of elementary- andRead More


Chanukah Menorahs Recalled by Crate and Barrel

By Miriam Colton

Just hours before Chanukah began, the popular catalog store Crate and Barrel recalled 800 menorahs because of a fire hazard.If the candles in the menorah are allowed to burn down completely, the menorah’s acrylic base can ignite, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in an official statement on December 19 (Chanukah began thatRead More


Activist Esther Leah Ritz, Champion of the Underdog, Dies at 85

By Max Gross

Esther Leah Ritz, the first female president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a prominent figure in Jewish philanthropic and liberal causes for decades, died in a Milwaukee hospital last Friday at age 85. The cause of death was pneumonia.At various times Ritz was president of the Jewish Community Centers Association, chair of FriendsRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Candidate Contribution: The most recently declared presidential candidate — President Bush — surprised a New York area Jewish charity last week with a hefty contribution.Bush’s check was discovered in the mail Friday by the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, William Rapfogel, who was opening envelopesRead More


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