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Newsdesk February 20, 2004

Romanian Pol ApologizesA Romanian presidential candidate with a history of antisemitic and Holocaust-denial statements has offered an apology for his past, pledging to organize a pilgrimage to Auschwitz as part of his repentance.“I am asking for forgiveness from all Jews,” wrote Corneliu Vadim Tudor, head of the Greater Romania Party, inRead More


Same-Sex Weddings Elicit Little Community Reaction in Bay Area

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — After Andy Birnbaum came out in 1995, his mother switched to a Reform congregation to find a spiritual home more accepting of her son’s homosexual orientation, while his father remained in their old Conservative congregation, determined to effect change from within.His father’s only request at the time was that AndyRead More


Order Emerges From the Chaos of the Primaries

By Gus Tyler

For a while there it looked as if the Democratic Party was committing suicide on television. A dozen or so aspirants repeatedly made public appearances during which they assailed one another with words that could come back to haunt their party’s ultimate candidate for president.The format in which they appeared encouraged such a bloodyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Edwards Opportunity?: The surprising late surge of North Carolina Senator John Edwards in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday makes the March 2 New York primary more interesting, but probably does not give Edwards the momentum he needs to take the Empire State, some local analystsRead More


Rabbis Denounce Sharon’s Plan for Disengagement

Former Israeli chief rabbi Avraham Shapira warned Tuesday night that any politicians who even considered “evacuating a flourishing part of the land and expelling Jews from their homes [would] lose their seat and power.” Shapira made his statement as several hundred rabbis convened in Jerusalem to denounce Prime Minister ArielRead More


U.S. Tries To Build Momentum for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Faced with a deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process and international pressure to demonstrate a commitment to resolving the conflict, the Bush administration is hoping to generate momentum — or at least the appearance of progress — with Israel’s unilateral separation initiative.“Instead of [the unilateral initiative]Read 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


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