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Report Urges Using Funds To Help Indigent Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

The “special master” appointed by a federal judge to oversee distribution of the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement is recommending that all funds not claimed by owners of Holocaust-era Swiss bank accounts should eventually go to assist indigent Holocaust survivors.The October 2 recommendation by the special master, former New York deputyRead More


Building a Latino-Jewish Alliance

By Henry Cisneros

The interwoven histories of Jewish and Latino people have played important roles in the development of many American communities, and our joint contributions will only gain in significance. The prospects for cooperation between our communities are great — if we act upon areas of common interest and build working relationships basedRead More


Damage on Temple Mount Could Bring Deadly Results

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Another damaged structure on the Temple Mount is raising fears once again that a serious international crisis could be just a burst water pipe away.Two weeks ago, a section of a wall that is part of the Islamic Museum on the Temple Mount collapsed, leaving a gaping hole of dirt about 120 square feet, located just to the rightRead More


Jerusalem Ups Mideast Ante

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Facing a potential conflagration on its northern border and a storm of domestic criticism over its bombing of a deserted terrorist training camp in Syria, Israel decided this week to escalate its land campaign against Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank.Among its planned measures, senior military sources said,Read More


Cubs, Red Sox Fans Long To Enter Promised Land

By Ami Eden

Call it a quirk in the calendar or a dose of divine inspiration, but each year as Jews turn the page on a spiritual year and complete the annual Torah reading cycle, one baseball team is finishing the final leg of its march to a World Series championship.It could be argued that in both cases the story always turns out the same. TheRead More


New Republic Cancels an Invite to Foe of Saudis

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

The New Republic magazine is coming under attack for co-sponsoring a recent forum with Saudi Arabia and allegedly agreeing to the kingdom’s demand that it withdraw its invitation to a leading critic of Riyadh.Author Stephen Schwartz told the Forward that he was removed from the panel at the behest of Saudi Arabia, whichRead More


An Open Letter to President Bush

By Gus Tyler

Dear POTUS,Please do not be offended by the way I address you with an acronym for President of the United States. I don’t know you well enough to call you “George.” To call you “Dubya” is to mock you. To call you “Mr. President” means that you are just another “Mister” among millions of “Misters.” But, as POTUS, you are aRead More


Rightist Minister Bridges Religious Divide, for Tourism

By Eric Marx

To most observers in this country, Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon does not readily conjure up images of pluralism and tolerance.Leader of the far-right Moledet Party, which advocates the “transfer” of Palestinians from the West Bank to nearby Arab countries, Elon is seen as one of the most politically extreme figures in Prime MinisterRead More


Back-to-School Shpilkes

By Marjorie Ingall

It’s finally starting to feel like autumn here in New York. Apples are getting crisper. Josie wore her first jumper and tights (which she refers to as her “jump-rope and kites”). We bought new leather shoes. And all the mameles I know with kids in school are breathing huge sighs of relief and making plans to go out for coffee.Josie turns 2Read More


Peru’s Outspoken First Lady Redefines a Traditional Role

By Marc Perelman

Eliane Karp does not match the usual job description for first lady of Peru. In a country where machismo is alive and well, the first lady is expected to be native-born, Catholic, dark-haired and (very) quiet. Karp is Belgian-born, Jewish, red-haired and (very) outspoken.But she does not mind challenging people’s expectations.“They seeRead More





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