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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


ADL Interfaith Official Quits, Stance on Film Questioned

By Nacha Cattan

A leading critic of Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the death of Jesus has resigned from his post at the Anti-Defamation League.Eugene Korn, the ADL’s director of interfaith affairs, told the Forward that his resignation last week represented a “mutual decision” resulting from his need for “a more reflective and contemplativeRead More


Baby Food Scare Breeds Fear, Suspicion Among Israelis

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israelis often suppose that their long history of warfare, capped by three years of bloody intifada, have all but immunized them against life’s more mundane fears and anxieties. But nothing could have prepared them for the sheer terror raised this week by the specter of tainted baby food.That terror swept the Jewish stateRead More


Dem Hopefuls Appoint Liaisons To Shore Up Communal Support

By E.J. Kessler

Got Jews?As the Democratic presidential contenders gear up for a final push before the primaries, a number of campaigns are designating personnel as liaisons to the Jewish community.The campaigns’ fundraisers have been operating feverishly among Jews from the get-go — Jewish donors supply more than half the funds for any DemocraticRead More


Yiddishist Fred Weinberg Dies

By Chana Pollack

Fred Weinberg, the Toronto pediatrician, Judaica collector and Yiddishist, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Ostrovtse (Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski), Poland, in 1919, he immigrated to Canada in 1924. As a Jewish community cultural activist, Weinberg was a published writer and noted lecturer in several fields including museology,Read More





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