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Volunteers at Tracing Center Help Relatives Reunite

By Max Gross

Ann Robins knows 156 different ways to spell the name “Schwartz.”As a volunteer for the Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center, Robins has gone through every permutation of that name, as well as hundreds of other names in many languages, as she searches through documents looking for information about those whoRead More


Once More, Survivors Find Comfort in One Another

By Martin Rosenberg

Allegra Tevet, like so many others, could not take the strange, hot, fall-afternoon sun this past Sunday.So my 81-year-old mother-in-law sat in the shade of a cavernous white tent as she looked up at a big video screen at Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel speaking from the plaza outside of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.He was addressingRead More


Rap Star Takes Pro-Israel Stance

By Max Gross

Tuesday night was Hammer time on the Tovia Singer Show.The erstwhile rap star M.C. Hammer voiced his staunch support for Israel on Singer’s New York-based radio show, which airs on Israel’s Arutz 7 radio station. Hammer (nè Stanley Kirk Burrell) spoke about the Holy Land, black-Jewish relations and the loss of his fortune in theRead More


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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Unreliable Survey?: A Jewish Democratic group is challenging a recently reported finding that 35% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Republicans in last November’s midterm election.The statistic comes from exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service in 2002; the release of those polls’ findings was delayed for nearly a year becauseRead More


Labor Party Claims Victory After Municipal Elections

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a sign of voter apathy, only 41% of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s municipal elections, the lowest turnout in Israel’s history.The election, however, was a victory for Israel’s center-left Labor Party, which has not held power in the national government for three years. The center-right Likud bloc lost controlRead More


Award-winning Yiddish Author Yehuda Elberg, 91, Dies in Montreal

By Rachel Zuckerman

Award-winning Yiddish author Yehuda Elberg died in his sleep in Montreal on October 18. He was 91.A widely acclaimed Yiddishist whose body of work documented shtetl life, he gained popularity in the English-speaking world after a 1997 English translation of two of his novels: “Ship of the Hunted” and “The Empire of Kalman the Cripple.”Read More


Kremlin Targets Jewish Tycoons In War on Critics

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Oil titan Mikhail Khodorkovsky is not the first Jew who has risen to become Russia’s richest citizen. Before him Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had their stints, while Vladimir Gusinsky got close.In Russia, however, life at the top is not all that it’s cracked up to be.Berezovsky and Gusinsky are now in exile,Read More


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