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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


Congressman Pushes To Abolish Racial Caucuses

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman is pushing to abolish all congressional ethnic caucuses, arguing that these hubs of minority political power perpetuate racial divisions in America.The proposal, made by Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, drew criticism and ridicule on Capitol Hill. Tancredo launched his effort two days before the New York-basedRead More


Stalled Campaign Takes Joe on the Road

By E.J. Kessler

Ten months after announcing his candidacy for president, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is relaunching his sputtering campaign with a new slogan and a big idea.He is embarking on a six-state tour with the theme of “Leading with Integrity” and promoting an overhaul of the tax code to shift the burden back to the rich and give tax reliefRead More


Spanish Services Show New Face Of Florida Shuls

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — At the recent High Holy Day services at Temple Sinai, the usual mixture of Hebrew and English echoed throughout the Conservative synagogue’s sanctuary. But, for a portion of the service, a new language was added to the mix: Spanish.Temple Sinai is one of a growing number of South Florida synagogues responding to theRead More


Foundation Aided Durban Groups

By Nacha Cattan

Approximately 80% of the estimated $100,000 audit cost was to be reimbursed by Ford, in concert with several European charitable groups, she said.SIDA’s spokeswoman explained that her agency was not actually a LAW donor, but merely facilitated the audit as a convenience to Ford and other funders.Ernst & Young headquarters in London refusedRead More


Terror Fund Trail Leads To Alpine Kingdom

By Marc Perelman

A man charged last week on immigration infractions and suspected by prosecutors of financial links to terrorism is seen by government investigators as a possible key to unraveling an alleged terrorism-financing network spanning from Virginia to the secretive kingdom of Liechtenstein.Soliman Biheiri, a native of Egypt, was convictedRead More





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