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Cheers, Jeers Greet Democratic Contenders

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Beilin’s ‘Unofficial’ Peace Plan Raises Hopes, Ire

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — An unofficial but comprehensive peace agreement, hammered out by groups of informal Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, is fueling Israel’s fiercest political debate in years and could ultimately redraw the political map here.Supporters of the so-called Geneva Understandings, which were initialed at a ceremony in Jordan this week,Read More


Envoy: France Will Back U.S.-led Iraqi Council

By Marc Perelman

France is committed to a successful transition in Iraq and is on the same page as the Bush administration on key issues such as the war on terrorism and the need to fight the proliferation of nuclear weapons, France’s top diplomat in the United States told the Forward.“The bitter page of the French-American relationship is turned, and weRead More


Documentary on Sumo Wrestlers Hits the (Really) Big Screen

By Max Gross

Manny Yarbrough is big in Japan. In fact, he is big everywhere. At 6 feet 8 inches tall and 740 pounds, the 39-year-old African-American sumo wrestler is not easily mistaken for someone else walking through the streets of Tokyo, where he is a celebrity.Yarbrough is one of a handful of American sumo wrestlers that Ferne Pearlstein examines in herRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls, Nathaniel Popper

Executive Privilege: Malden Mills chairman Aaron Feuerstein has been hailed by many as the conscience of corporate America, the boss who stood by his workers after a devastating 1995 fire ravaged his factory. His moral standing has been instrumental in securing support in the fight to save his bankrupt company from creditors — and withRead More


A Lone Cowboy Rides Roughshod Over Racism

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — The parade rolled into downtown Oakland last Saturday just as it does every year, a long, undulating chain of youth groups and dance troupes, drill teams and color guards — and, of course, the cowboys.Some ride solo, others in posses, their horses clip-clopping past office buildings. They smiled as they tipped their 10-gallonRead More


Newsdesk October 17, 2003

UJC Launches SearchA search process has begun to find the next president of the United Jewish Communities, widely viewed as the toughest job in American Jewish communal life.While the process is still in its initial stages, speculation is focusing on Robert Aronson to become the next top professional of UJC, the roof body of North AmericanRead More


Presbyterians Supporting ‘Messianic Jewish’ Church

By Nathaniel Popper

One of America’s most liberal, mainstream Christian denominations is stirring controversy with its support for a congregation in suburban Philadelphia devoted to what it terms “Messianic Judaism.”Congregation Avodat Yisrael, which blends Christian worship with Jewish traditions such as Friday-night services and High Holy Day observance, heldRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Holiday Howard: Former Vermont governor Howard Dean is visiting a sukkah in the Empire State.The Democratic frontrunner will spend some time October 17 at the sukkah of Lincoln Square Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, mingling with Rabbi Adam Mintz and students. Afterward, he will repair to a roomRead More


Schwarzenegger Taps Wiesenthal Rabbi

JERUSALEM — When Arnold Schwarzenegger came under fire during the California recall campaign for past remarks praising Adolf Hitler’s speaking skills and former Austrian president Kurt Waldheim, his staunchest defender was the Simon Wiesenthal Center.Schwarzenegger appeared to return the favor last week when he announced the formation of hisRead More





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