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Gore’s Dean Endorsement Exposes Lieberman’s Woes

By E.J. Kessler

Fulfilling their need to name a winner and a loser for every campaign development, pundits were describing former vice president Al Gore’s endorsement this week of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a body blow to the presidential aspirations of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman clearly was surprised and chagrined by the moveRead More


David Friedman, Journalist, Dies

The former Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, David Friedman, died December after a long illness. He was 68.Friedman served as JTA’s Washington bureau chief from 1981 until his retirement in 1992.During his tenure, Friedman covered pivotal news events, including Israel’s war in Lebanon, the first Palestinian intifada andRead More


Russian Politics as Usual, With Putin’s Grasp Firm

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — There was a time not too long ago that Russia was famous for its instability. Observers joked that if President Boris Yeltsin lived long enough everyone would get a crack at being prime minister.President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000 promising to change all that, to make life predictable again for Russians. In this, judging fromRead More


Jewish Agency Maintains Funding Split

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Jta.

After months of heated political battles, the Jewish Agency for Israel has managed to thwart efforts to cut its funding from American charitable federations.Faced with shrinking donations from federations and changing needs abroad, the federations’ national roof body, the United Jewish Communities, had spent the past year in a messy tug-of-warRead More


Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel + 710 = A New Record

By Max Gross

The University of Maryland suffered a bitter defeat this weekend — no matter how you spin it.One of the student body’s proudest achievements was shattered in a crushing rout by a rival. It wasn’t a basketball or football championship game that they lost. It was the “Dreidel Cup.”On Sunday, the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at IndianaRead More


UJC Names Vice President For Policy, Replacing Aviv

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The country’s leading Jewish charitable network has tapped someone to replace its departed powerhouse Washington director.The United Jewish Communities last week announced that it had hired Charles Konigsberg, a longtime congressional staffer, to replace Diana Aviv as the organization’s vice president forRead More


Trying To Match Bush’s Monetary Might

By Gus Tyler

The decision of two Democratic presidential candidates, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and former Vermont governor Howard Dean, to forego federal funding in their campaigns must come as a shocker to many Democrats. Federal funding of presidential campaigns was supposed to be a way to liberate candidates from the need to obligate themselves toRead More


Candidates’ Representatives Discuss Jewish Vote, Middle East

By Eric Marx

Representatives for seven of the nine Democratic presidential candidates squared off this week on issues of importance to the Jewish community, ranging from health care and abortion to Israel and the war on terrorism.The “Democratic Presidential Insider Roundtable,” sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Jewish Democratic Council,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Clark: As retired general Wesley Clark campaigned at a large synagogue in south Florida this week, one of the grassroots groups supporting his campaign, “Jews for Clark,” was spreading the word about the general with an e-mail message that raised some eyebrows at Clark’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock.The e-mail message putsRead More


Forward Editor To Join Mideast Forum Online

Forward National Editor Ami Eden will be participating in a week-long online book discussion on “Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Visit amieden.com on Monday December 8 to view the discussion, which will also feature Steven I. Weiss and Pinchas Shapiro of protocols.blogspot.com,Read More


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