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Small City Fields a Big Presence At Jerusalem Federation Parley

By Martin Rosenberg

The 20,000 Jews living in this Midwestern city represent a statistical blip in the American Jewish population, but the community registered the equivalent of a 6 on the Richter scale last week in Jerusalem at an international gathering of communal leaders.Kansas City sent a 114-person delegation to the United Jewish Communities GeneralRead More


Rifka Rosenwein, Jewish Week Columnist, 42

Rifka Rosenwein, a journalist whose monthly column in the New York Jewish Week over the past seven years chronicled her personal life as a suburban wife and mother — and eventually her battle against a rare form of cancer — died November 18 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She was 42.Rosenwein, who lived inRead More


Rabbi Karp, Historian Who Taught at Seminary, Dies

Rabbi Abraham Karp, a historian who taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, died November 24 in Manhattan. Karp collapsed on the sidewalk while on the way to his cardiologist’s office. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 82.After being ordained at JTS in 1945, Karp served congregations in Swampscott, Mass., and Kansas City, Mo.,Read More


Citing 1st Amendment, N.Y. Court Dismisses ‘Chained Wife’ Appeal

By Nathaniel Popper

Reasserting the constitutional right of ecclesiastical tribunals to operate free of governmental oversight, a New York court has dismissed a lawsuit against several rabbis alleging defamation and bribery in the course of an Orthodox divorce proceeding.The case, which has received intense media coverage in recent years, was brought by HelenRead More


Steinhardt Proposes Fund for Education

By Nacha Cattan

Billionaire philanthropist Michael Steinhardt delivered a fiery speech last week, calling for a radical reordering of Jewish communal priorities and the creation of an unprecedented fund to promote Jewish education.Speaking last week to a gathering in Jerusalem of thousands of North American Jewish communal leaders, Steinhardt startled hisRead More


Painting a Fuller Picture of Ruby, Killer of Kennedy’s Assassin

By Nathaniel Popper

With the 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death came the predictable wave of reflections on his presidency and zany theories on his assassination.At least one assassination aficionado, however, is working to discredit the many conspiratorial narratives that seek to include Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s assassin.Read More


New WJC Spat as Official Rejects Brown

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – Controversy is exploding yet again at the World Jewish Congress, an organization that has been wracked by internal feuding.In the latest twist, the co-chairman of the WJC’s Jerusalem branch is declaring he is furious over the naming two weeks ago of a new director to head his organization’s Jerusalem office, and has vowedRead More


Sharon Going on Offensive As Geneva Initiative Gains

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The scheduled launch ceremony next week of the so-called Geneva Understandings is agitating the Israeli government, creating new tensions in its relations with the Bush administration and increasing pressure on Prime Minister Sharon to come up with a viable peace plan of his own.The growing interest in the Geneva initiative at homeRead More


Wisconsin Hillel’s Saposnik, Pioneer of Jewish Literature

By Max Gross

Irving S. Saposnik, a former executive director of Hillel at the University of Wisconsin and one of the pioneer professors who brought the study of American Jewish literature into American higher education, died November 20 after a 13-month struggle with brain cancer. He was 67.Saposnik was still teaching a course, titled “Yiddish LiteratureRead More


In Critical Ohio, Dem Hopefuls Taking a Powder In Primary Race

By E.J. Kessler

CLEVELAND — Despite all the hoopla in Iowa and New Hampshire and the rivers of ink spilled in the national press, the Democratic presidential race has yet to make an impression around these parts.Candidates, preoccupied with earlier primary contests, have paid little attention to Ohio, local operatives say. Elsewhere, former Vermont governorRead More


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