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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


Billionaire Philanthropist Laurence Tisch Dies at 80

By Nacha Cattan

Laurence Tisch, the hotelier, corporate empire builder and champion of Jewish and general philanthropy, died of complications from cancer November 15 at the eponymous Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center. He was 80.A self-made billionaire, Tisch built a sprawling business conglomerate with his brother Preston thatRead More


A Traveling Holiday

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27. Or so they would have you believe. With life as complicated as it is, and everything from DVD players to the Internet being “wireless,” doesn’t it stand to reason that holidays can be portable too?Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are usually happy, food-filled marks of a specific timeRead More


The Spooks Speak: Former Shin Bet Chiefs Talk of Peace

Following are excerpts from a round-table discussion among four former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet General Security Service, published November 14 by Yediot Aharonot. The participants: Avraham Shalom (director 1980-1986), Yaakov Peri (1988-1995), Carmi Gillon (1995-96) and Ami Ayalon (1996-2000). All rose through the ranks, except Ayalon, aRead More


Magazine’s Name Stirs Memories for Survivors

By Max Gross

Marc S. Klein is trying to save the letter “j.”In September, Klein, the editor of the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, decided to give his 107-year-old newspaper a makeover: The tabloid-sized journal was turned into a glossy magazine; humor columns were added; features were expanded, and hard-news items were toned down. And — in theRead More


Political Pollster Grows Into His Jewish Identity

By Nathaniel Popper

Republican pollster Frank Luntz has seen his fair share of loss and disappointment working on the political campaigns of unsuccessful presidential candidates such as Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot.But the work Luntz has done for the Jewish community during the past year and a half has introduced him to a new,Read More


C O R R E C T I O N S

The November 7 article “There Once Was a World: ‘Jewish New York’ ” incorrectly identified the author of “Jewish New York: Notable Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments.” His name is Ira Wolfman.Due to an editing error, the pre-World War I Hashomer defense organization was incorrectly identified as “socialist” in a November 7Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

No Land’s Man: Upon his return from the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that produced the Geneva Understandings, Israeli novelist Amos Oz announced that “the gruntwork of making peace has already been done.”“The problem of the 1948 refugees, which is really the heart of our national security predicament, is resolvedRead More


Jewish Organizations Split Over Pledge Case Strategy

By Nacha Cattan

As the legal battle against the Pledge of Allegiance heads to the Supreme Court, Jewish civil rights groups are divided in their response to the controversial case.The American Jewish Congress is planning to challenge a recent appeals court ruling that the pledge is unconstitutional. The Anti-Defamation League, on the other hand, in a reversalRead More





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