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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


Annan Eyes Judge For Rights Position

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked a prominent Canadian judge to assume the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Forward has learned.Louise Arbour, a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada and former chief prosecutor on the United Nations international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia,Read More


The Man Behind the Boss

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — More than 650 mourners recently gathered at Goldstein’s Funeral Home to say goodbye to an old friend, legendary radio personality Ed Sciaky.Sciaky, who dropped dead January 30 on a New York street corner at age 55, was more than just a disc jockey. He was as passionate about the music he played as anyone who ever satRead More


Cries of Foul After Basketball Game At a Tony Private School Turns Ugly

By Nathaniel Popper

A tempest has been swirling inside the delicate gilded teapot of New York high society after basketball fans of the elite Trinity School taunted a Jewish player for the opposing Dalton school with calls of “gefilte fish, gefilte fish,” and “hey, he fouled him… that’s not kosher!”One Dalton parent challenged the hecklers at the FridayRead More


State Budget Crunches Turning Up Pain for Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

With state after state releasing dismal budget projections for the coming fiscal year, Jewish social service providers are bracing for cutbacks and further economic hardships.State governments provide anywhere from 10% to 60% of the funding to Jewish agencies nationwide that care for the most vulnerable segmentsRead More


Newsdesk February 6, 2004

Budget Sparks WorriesSpending on Israel remains unaffected by fiscal belt-tightening in President Bush’s proposed budget, but domestic programs are under the knife, including those that most affect the Jewish community.Surveying the details in the budget Bush handed to Congress on Monday, Jewish organizational officials were especially worriedRead More


Unionist Jack Sheinkman, 77

Jack Sheinkman, a former head of America’s largest clothing-workers’ union and a leading strategist of the post-Vietnam-era labor movement, died in New York last week of pneumonia. He was 77.Sheinkman was president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1987 to 1995, after serving for three decadesRead More


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