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Candidates’ Representatives Discuss Jewish Vote, Middle East

By Eric Marx

Representatives for seven of the nine Democratic presidential candidates squared off this week on issues of importance to the Jewish community, ranging from health care and abortion to Israel and the war on terrorism.The “Democratic Presidential Insider Roundtable,” sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Jewish Democratic Council,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Clark: As retired general Wesley Clark campaigned at a large synagogue in south Florida this week, one of the grassroots groups supporting his campaign, “Jews for Clark,” was spreading the word about the general with an e-mail message that raised some eyebrows at Clark’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock.The e-mail message putsRead More


‘Rabbi Cool’ and Rock Opera Draw Stars, Upscale Spiritualists

By Nathaniel Popper

Jewish grandmothers, aging hippies and Jerry Seinfeld all filed into the auditorium of Manhattan’s Asia Society last week for a $500-a-head benefit for CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Then the lights dimmed and a man with large hair took the stage, wearing tight black pants and a shimmering golden shirt unbuttonedRead More


Specter Launches New Sanctions Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the overwhelming congressional vote this month to impose sanctions on Syria, Middle East hawks on Capitol Hill are pushing similar legislation targeted at Saudi Arabia.At the same time, most observers say the Bush administration appears unlikely to act against either country.Senator Arlen Specter, aRead More


Behind Every Successful Indian Hotel Owner…

By Max Gross

Not too long ago there was a story circulating around the Asian American Hotel Owners Association that a petition would be launched to change its president’s name.There are approximately 8,400 AAHOA members, all of them Indian or Indian American. And many of them said, albeit in jest, that their president should have a more Indian-sounding name.Read More


U.S. Peace Coalition Rejects Unofficial Israeli-Palestinian Pact

By Eric Marx

One of the country’s largest anti-war coalitions has voted against endorsing an informal diplomatic effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a move that perplexed some Jewish groups in the coalition.The November 16 vote by the Palestine Working Group of United for Peace and Justice reflected the belief among some members of theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

Counter Coulter: The search by Democratic presidential contenders for Jewish familial links, reported at length by the Forward last year, has been given a new spin by the Republican right’s favorite blond spinmeistress, Ann Coulter. The way she sees it, it’s all part of an elaborate plot by the Democrats — or, as she delicatelyRead More


Feinstein Leads Charge in Senate for Geneva Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Five U.S. senators introduced a resolution Tuesday applauding private Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and calling on President Bush and Israeli and Palestinian leaders to embrace them.A similar resolution is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives early next month, following the symbolic signing ceremony inRead More


Senate Critic Undeterred by Ford Apology

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they plan to push forward with efforts to scrutinize the overseas activities of the Ford Foundation, despite the foundation’s promise last week that it would no longer fund Palestinian groups advocating violence or denying Israel’s legitimacy.“It is still appropriate for there toRead More


Muslim Feminist Manji Wows Crowd in Toronto

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Prominent Israeli personalities such as novelist A.B. Yehoshua and strategic analyst Barry Rubin were among the speakers earlier this month at the Toronto Jewish Book Fair. The biggest draw, however, was a Muslim Canadian author calling for an Islamic Reformation that would purge the Muslim world of antisemitism.Irshad Manji, a TorontoRead More


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