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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


So That’s Why They Hate Us

By Gus Tyler

The headline reads, “Bush-Appointed Panel Finds U.S. Image Abroad Is in Peril.”The Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World, a panel appointed by the president, was assigned to find out what people in the Muslim and Arab world think about Uncle Sam. They did their research and concluded that “hostility toward AmericaRead More


Bush Policy Said To Fuel Coercion Of Abortion

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A coalition of pro-choice religious groups is accusing the White House of inadvertently helping to prop up Beijing’s coercive population-control policies.The coalition, composed of representatives from Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups, is urging Congress to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund that was cut lastRead More


Details of the ‘Geneva Understanding’

Following are the main points of the so-called Geneva Understanding initialed this week in Jordan following informal talks between a group of Israeli political activists led by Yossi Beilin and a Palestinian group led by former Palestinian Authority information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo. The understandings, part of a 60-page draftRead More





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