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Sharing Painful Memories Reveals Many Unexpected Connections

By George Salton

I have just returned home after spending the weekend with several thousand fellow Holocaust survivors. We gathered in Washington, D.C., most of us brought together by the notion that this collective minyan may well be our last. We have reached our golden years — we who once lived as if each day, each hour, would surely be our last.We gathered toRead More


Dancers Kick Up Their Heels In Pursuit of a World Record

By Max Gross

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — It was supposed to be one for the record books.Thousands of people from all over New Jersey descended on Sunday’s Garden State Jewish Festival in First Energy Park—home of the minor-league Blueclaws baseball team—in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the largest hora ever recorded.IfRead More


Inmate Claims JDL Head Had a Change of Heart

By Howard Blume

In the days before his death, Jewish Defense League head Irv Rubin had second thoughts about his radical philosophy, according to one of his fellow prison inmates.In a letter obtained by the Forward, the inmate claims that through conversations with Muslim and Palestinian prisoners, Rubin had grown almost repentant for his Israel-for-Jews-onlyRead More


Making a Film About Jesus Without Raising Hell

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — While filmmaker Mel Gibson faces charges of antisemitism surrounding his controversial upcoming film about Jesus, another movie producer is garnering praise for making a different movie about Jesus.Garth Drabinsky, a Toronto-based show-business impresario, is the producer behind “The Gospel of John,” a movie based on the highlyRead More


UJC May Shrink Jewish Agency Funding

By Nacha Cattan

On the eve of the annual gathering of North American Jewish charitable federations in Jerusalem, supporters of their main Israeli beneficiary, the Jewish Agency for Israel, are in an uproar over a proposal by fundraisers that could slash the agency’s funding.Federation representatives recommended this week that funding to their otherRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Conspiracy Theories: It is, it seems, an age-old tradition: The more antisemitic the world gets, the more Jews try to figure out why.Recent headlines have made for many a wrinkled brow: A German parliamentarian calls Jews “a race of perpetrators,” and he’s offered ideological support by a commander of an elite German special-forcesRead More


Tories Rallying Around New Contender

By Jonathan Freedland

LONDON — British politics just got a lot more interesting. After six years of uncanny good luck, facing only the most lackluster competition, Prime Minister Tony Blair suddenly has a serious opponent — and just at the moment when he has begun to feel vulnerable. Britain’s Conservative Party, in the doldrums since 1997, has anointed a newRead More


Newsdesk November 7, 2003

Israel Introduces U.N. ResolutionAfter facing hostile resolutions at the United Nations for a half-century, Israel this week introduced its own resolution in a General Assembly committee, voicing concern for Israeli children living under the threat of Palestinian terrorism.“Until now we were only playing defense; now we are playing offense,”Read More


Work Begins on Ukraine Holocaust Memorial

By Rachel Zuckerman

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — On a frosty evening last week, 1,200 people gathered around an empty lot on Gogol Street in this former military-industrial city for what some observers said was a long-overdue dedication.Shivering Holocaust scholars, local businessmen and boldface names from Israeli politics and society — including Israeli MinisterRead More


In Argentine Poverty War, an Uphill Fight

By Marc Perelman

BUENOS AIRES — Tamara Potaz always thought the first important decisions of her young life would come when she had to choose between becoming a violinist, a luthier or a sound engineer.Her parents had good jobs, the family lived in a large apartment, teenage life in bustling Buenos Aires was fun and Potaz figured she would make up her mind aboutRead More


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