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U.S. To Support Rare Israeli Resolution

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The administration has indicated that it would vote in favor of the first resolution introduced by Israel to the United Nations General Assembly in 27 years.The resolution, which is on the protection of children, was to be formally introduced in the third committee of the General Assembly on Wednesday in response to anRead 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


World Body Riven By Power Struggle

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Bobby Brown, a former adviser to former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is slated to be named director of international affairs of the World Jewish Congress as well as its Jerusalem director, the Forward has learned.The appointment is the congress’s third major personnel move in the past month and comesRead More


American Stores Pull Formula Off Their Shelves

By Forward Staff and Jta

In a small reminder that the fate of American Jews is never far removed from that of Israelis, the panic over a defective Remedia baby formula quickly spread to the Orthodox enclaves of New York, where some Remedia products are sold in stores.There have been no reported cases of sickness in America so far, but New York City’s Department ofRead More


Rival Russian Jewish Leaders Lend Backing to Putin

By Nathaniel Popper

Russia’s arrest of a Jewish oil magnate has drawn heavy criticism from abroad, but the feuding leaders of the country’s two major Jewish organizations are both voicing support for the government action.In a rare moment of agreement between bitter rivals, Berel Lazar, chief rabbi for the Chabad-Lubavitch-dominated FederationRead More


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