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Hollinger Woes Casting a Pall Over Future of Neocon Papers

By Nathaniel Popper

A convergence of unrelated financial scandals is threatening to sink the tiny but influential boat of Jewish-flavored conservative journalism.At the center of the controversy is Hollinger International, a media company that owns dozens of conservative newspapers, including the hawkish Jerusalem Post. An internal investigation into improperRead More


Authorities Investigate Incidents at Jewish Sites

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Eric Marx.

Law-enforcement authorities have opened investigations into two incidents in the Washington area involving suspicious surveillance of Jewish institutions, the Forward has learned.The investigations began last month, but has gained new urgency in the wake of the November 15 terrorist bombings of two synagogues in Turkey, and amid new warningsRead More


Swallowing Hard, Sharon Mulls A New Palestinian Cease-Fire

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Faced with growing internal discontent and increasing international criticism of his policies, Prime Minister Sharon is reluctantly moving ahead with efforts to achieve a new Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and revive the moribund peace process.Sharon is expected to meet within the next few daysRead More


Rabbi Urges Review of Orthodox Ban on Interfaith Talks

By Nacha Cattan

A prominent leader of interfaith dialogue is calling for a reexamination of the decades-old Orthodox ban on theological discussions between Christians and Jews.In proposing a reassessment of the ban, Eugene Korn, an Orthodox rabbi who recently resigned as the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interfaith affairs, is taking on no less aRead More


Hearing Slated for Opera Mooner

By Ariel Zilber

This past August, following a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Rio de Janeiro’s opera house, the production’s eccentric Jewish director made sure the audience received a view of the full moon — and it was not to confirm the arrival of Rosh Chodesh.Brazilian prosecutors have charged theRead More


Comics Take Sides in Rift Over Anne Frank Jokes

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — For the past two years, the Comedy Central-sponsored “Sit ’n’ Spin” nights have provided a supportive setting for local comedy writers to try out new material on an audience of their peers. The humor is usually profane and often sexually explicit, and the writers who gather twice a month at Hollywood’sRead More


Translating a Taxing Tale Into a Masterful Monologue

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — A balding, middle-aged guy standing alone on a stage describing his financial troubles with two hefty volumes of the U.S. Tax Code as his only props doesn’t sound like a scintillating night at the theater.Yet Josh Kornbluth manages to weave his woes into an engrossing and humorous tale of redemption. “Love & Taxes,”Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Mel at 13, with Tallit: While we here at the Forward were busy compiling this year’s list of the 50 most influential members of the American Jewish community, the folks over at Entertainment Weekly were putting together their 14th annual “Power List” of Hollywood movers and shakers.The third spot on our list went to Anti-DefamationRead More


Groups Rebuke Powell, Annan for Endorsement Of Geneva Peace Plan; Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ori Nir, Ami Eden; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

WASHINGTON — With American and international support building for an alternative Middle East peace plan opposed by Prime Minister Sharon, several Jewish groups stepped up their attacks on the initiative and its supporters.Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Zionist Organization of America publicly rebuked Secretary of State Colin Powell thisRead More


Washington Seeking To Reduce Number of Anti-Israel Votes at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The United States is embarking on the most comprehensive campaign in years to reduce the number of anti-Israel resolutions routinely passed by the United Nations General Assembly.Top State Department officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, have lobbied capitals, ministers and diplomats in recent months toRead More





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