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Envoy Says Antisemitism Threatens France

By Marc Perelman

In a dramatic admission, the French government’s newly-appointed liaison to the worldwide Jewish community is saying that Paris underestimated the scope of domestic antisemitism and finally has decided to respond appropriately.While Jewish community leaders have expressed alarm about the growing antisemitism repeatedly during theRead More


Imperfect Justice, or None at All: ‘Legal Peace’ on Holocaust Claims

By Stuart Eizenstat

If there was ever an example of why I titled the book about my Holocaust restitution negotiations in the Clinton administration “Imperfect Justice,” it is the case of Simon Rozenkier. Every fiber of our beings screams out for justice for Rozenkier, a slave laborer and survivor of the infamous death march to Buchenwald who was sterilized by Dr.Read More


Anti-Sharon Political Cartoon Denounced

By Max Gross

A certain British society thinks antisemitism is comic — or at least cartoonish.A collection of 300 political cartoonists from newspapers throughout Great Britain are being accused of antisemitism for awarding a controversial cartoon of the Israeli prime minister first prize in their annual competition.The cartoon in question portrays a ravenousRead More


Israelis Push for Bigger Cut of Shoah Funds

By Elli Wohlgelernter; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government is demanding a dramatically increased role in running the agency that administers Holocaust-era reparations and restitution payments, in what government leaders frankly acknowledged was an effort to direct a larger share of restitution funds toward Israel.In a blunt and sometimes confrontational meetingRead More


Statistics Show Tourism to Israel Continuing To Climb

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tourism to Israel continues to show a steady increase, with as many tourists coming to Israel in the first 10 months of 2003 as came in all of 2002.Figures released last week by the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Tourism Ministry show that a total of 852,400 tourists visited Israel from January to October this year, up 20% fromRead More


Echoes of Ataturk Seen in Turkey’s Strong Stand

By Gus Tyler

When two synagogues were blown up this month in Istanbul, Turkey, the government reacted promptly and pointedly. It vowed to get the culprits. It had alternatives. It could have said that the bombing was regrettable but that America’s occupation of Iraq provoked the event. But the Turkish government said nothing of the sort. It took a straightRead More


Small City Fields a Big Presence At Jerusalem Federation Parley

By Martin Rosenberg

The 20,000 Jews living in this Midwestern city represent a statistical blip in the American Jewish population, but the community registered the equivalent of a 6 on the Richter scale last week in Jerusalem at an international gathering of communal leaders.Kansas City sent a 114-person delegation to the United Jewish Communities GeneralRead More


Rifka Rosenwein, Jewish Week Columnist, 42

Rifka Rosenwein, a journalist whose monthly column in the New York Jewish Week over the past seven years chronicled her personal life as a suburban wife and mother — and eventually her battle against a rare form of cancer — died November 18 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She was 42.Rosenwein, who lived inRead More


Rabbi Karp, Historian Who Taught at Seminary, Dies

Rabbi Abraham Karp, a historian who taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, died November 24 in Manhattan. Karp collapsed on the sidewalk while on the way to his cardiologist’s office. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 82.After being ordained at JTS in 1945, Karp served congregations in Swampscott, Mass., and Kansas City, Mo.,Read More


Citing 1st Amendment, N.Y. Court Dismisses ‘Chained Wife’ Appeal

By Nathaniel Popper

Reasserting the constitutional right of ecclesiastical tribunals to operate free of governmental oversight, a New York court has dismissed a lawsuit against several rabbis alleging defamation and bribery in the course of an Orthodox divorce proceeding.The case, which has received intense media coverage in recent years, was brought by HelenRead More


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