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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


Rabbi Urges Review of Orthodox Ban on Interfaith Talks

By Nacha Cattan

A prominent leader of interfaith dialogue is calling for a reexamination of the decades-old Orthodox ban on theological discussions between Christians and Jews.In proposing a reassessment of the ban, Eugene Korn, an Orthodox rabbi who recently resigned as the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interfaith affairs, is taking on no less aRead More


Hearing Slated for Opera Mooner

By Ariel Zilber

This past August, following a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Rio de Janeiro’s opera house, the production’s eccentric Jewish director made sure the audience received a view of the full moon — and it was not to confirm the arrival of Rosh Chodesh.Brazilian prosecutors have charged theRead More


Comics Take Sides in Rift Over Anne Frank Jokes

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — For the past two years, the Comedy Central-sponsored “Sit ’n’ Spin” nights have provided a supportive setting for local comedy writers to try out new material on an audience of their peers. The humor is usually profane and often sexually explicit, and the writers who gather twice a month at Hollywood’sRead More


Translating a Taxing Tale Into a Masterful Monologue

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — A balding, middle-aged guy standing alone on a stage describing his financial troubles with two hefty volumes of the U.S. Tax Code as his only props doesn’t sound like a scintillating night at the theater.Yet Josh Kornbluth manages to weave his woes into an engrossing and humorous tale of redemption. “Love & Taxes,”Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Mel at 13, with Tallit: While we here at the Forward were busy compiling this year’s list of the 50 most influential members of the American Jewish community, the folks over at Entertainment Weekly were putting together their 14th annual “Power List” of Hollywood movers and shakers.The third spot on our list went to Anti-DefamationRead More


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