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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


Newsdesk November 21, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Ford To Stop Funding HateThe Ford Foundation admitted it erred in funding anti-Israel groups and pledged to stop funding antisemitic activities. The foundation said it was “disgusted” by anti-Israel and antisemitic agitation at the 2001 U.N. Conference Against Racism at Durban, South Africa, which the foundation helped finance. In a letterRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Food Fight: Here’s a delicious piece of opposition research that crossed our desk: A campaign that does not want to be identified was hoping — tongue in cheek, of course — that it could get someone to slice into former Vermont governor Howard Dean for an old position he took on a Jewish hole-y matter.Seems that in the 1990s, whenRead More


General Assembly Draws Record Numbers to Jerusalem Meeting

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — With 4,000 delegates from North America and another 2,000 from Israel, this week’s General Assembly of Jewish philanthropic federations was the largest in history. The numbers tell the tale: 14 hotels in Jerusalem were fully booked, totaling 40,000 hotel nights. Some $15 million was injected into the Israeli economy, including $3Read More


At Federations’ Confab, Talk Focuses on Israeli Policies

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — It happens every year: Leaders of Jewish communal federations across North America gather in a different city to see old friends and meet new ones, to hear speakers on the hot topics facing Jews in their community and worldwide. Some issues are perennial and some problems persist, but this year, because the General Assembly of UnitedRead More





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