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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


Same Union, Different Name at Biennial

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — In recent years, the leaders of Reform Judaism have instituted a slew of changes geared toward transforming worship in their synagogues and strengthening the religious observance of their followers. But, until last week, one thing had remained the same, the name of the movement’s congregational arm: The Union of American HebrewRead More


Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — After two years of relative silence, the leader of America’s largest synagogue movement has returned to the policy stage with a full-bore attack on the policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon government.In a major policy address here last week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the newly renamed Union for Reform Judaism,Read 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


On National Mall, a Gathering of Guardians of Shoah Memory

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

“Remember, fellow survivors, when we emerged from the ghettos and the forests and the death camps, hopelessly determined to invoke hope and tell the tales, few were willing to listen. Survivors were understood by survivors alone. They spoke in code. Those who were not there will never know what it meant being there. All outsiders could do was toRead More


Sharon Feeling Pressure As Neocon, IDF Chief Slam West Bank Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Still smarting from an embarrassing dust-up with his top general a day earlier, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon received a stunning public rebuke last week from a key ally in Washington when Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz endorsed a peace plan that envisions Israel withdrawing to its June 1967 borders.Wolfowitz, consideredRead More


Religious Right Fights To Save Pro-Settler Radio Station

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Last month’s closure of the major media outlet of the pro-settler religious right, radio station Arutz-7, has left supporters scrambling to get it back on the air and critics satisfied that the law against illegal broadcasting has been upheld.The Oct. 20 ruling by a Jerusalem Magistrates Court, after four and a half yearsRead More


Throw Full Weight of Washington Behind Middle East Peace Process

By Wesley Clark

as a cadet at west point, i learned that a state cannot survive for long unless it alone controls the use of force. the story that most vividly illustrates this point started back in 1948. it is the story of the state of israel.In June of that year, a ship named the Altalena dropped anchor off the coast of Tel Aviv. The vessel was loadedRead More





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