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World Body Riven By Power Struggle

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Bobby Brown, a former adviser to former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is slated to be named director of international affairs of the World Jewish Congress as well as its Jerusalem director, the Forward has learned.The appointment is the congress’s third major personnel move in the past month and comesRead More


American Stores Pull Formula Off Their Shelves

By Forward Staff and Jta

In a small reminder that the fate of American Jews is never far removed from that of Israelis, the panic over a defective Remedia baby formula quickly spread to the Orthodox enclaves of New York, where some Remedia products are sold in stores.There have been no reported cases of sickness in America so far, but New York City’s Department ofRead More


Rival Russian Jewish Leaders Lend Backing to Putin

By Nathaniel Popper

Russia’s arrest of a Jewish oil magnate has drawn heavy criticism from abroad, but the feuding leaders of the country’s two major Jewish organizations are both voicing support for the government action.In a rare moment of agreement between bitter rivals, Berel Lazar, chief rabbi for the Chabad-Lubavitch-dominated FederationRead More


Same Union, Different Name at Biennial

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — In recent years, the leaders of Reform Judaism have instituted a slew of changes geared toward transforming worship in their synagogues and strengthening the religious observance of their followers. But, until last week, one thing had remained the same, the name of the movement’s congregational arm: The Union of American HebrewRead More


Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — After two years of relative silence, the leader of America’s largest synagogue movement has returned to the policy stage with a full-bore attack on the policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon government.In a major policy address here last week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the newly renamed Union for Reform Judaism,Read More


Magazine’s Name Stirs Memories for Survivors

By Max Gross

Marc S. Klein is trying to save the letter “j.”In September, Klein, the editor of the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, decided to give his 107-year-old newspaper a makeover: The tabloid-sized journal was turned into a glossy magazine; humor columns were added; features were expanded, and hard-news items were toned down. And — in theRead More


On National Mall, a Gathering of Guardians of Shoah Memory

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

“Remember, fellow survivors, when we emerged from the ghettos and the forests and the death camps, hopelessly determined to invoke hope and tell the tales, few were willing to listen. Survivors were understood by survivors alone. They spoke in code. Those who were not there will never know what it meant being there. All outsiders could do was toRead More


Conservative Head Calls Sabbath-Driving Rule a ‘Mistake’

By Nacha Cattan

The head of Conservative Judaism’s flagship institution is arguing that the movement made a “mistake” when it issued a landmark ruling a half-century ago permitting Jews to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, made his declaration last week in Dallas during a speech at theRead More


Former CIA Director Calls for Tougher Policy on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Washington should send an American aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast, summon strongman Bashar al-Assad aboard, chide him vigorously for sponsoring terrorism, meddling in Iraq and pursuing weapons of mass destruction — and take special care to confront him over Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.So says the CIA’sRead More


Ukraine Tycoon Creating a Stir With Purchase Of U.S. Media

By Nathaniel Popper

Ukraine’s most prominent and controversial Jewish businessman, Vadim Rabinovich, said he has bought a “controlling stake” in America’s oldest Russian-language daily newspaper, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, and its sister radio station, Narodnya Volna.Rabinovich, the first overseas owner of NRS, holds a numberRead More


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