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Baby Food Scare Breeds Fear, Suspicion Among Israelis

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israelis often suppose that their long history of warfare, capped by three years of bloody intifada, have all but immunized them against life’s more mundane fears and anxieties. But nothing could have prepared them for the sheer terror raised this week by the specter of tainted baby food.That terror swept the Jewish stateRead More


Dem Hopefuls Appoint Liaisons To Shore Up Communal Support

By E.J. Kessler

Got Jews?As the Democratic presidential contenders gear up for a final push before the primaries, a number of campaigns are designating personnel as liaisons to the Jewish community.The campaigns’ fundraisers have been operating feverishly among Jews from the get-go — Jewish donors supply more than half the funds for any DemocraticRead More


Yiddishist Fred Weinberg Dies

By Chana Pollack

Fred Weinberg, the Toronto pediatrician, Judaica collector and Yiddishist, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Ostrovtse (Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski), Poland, in 1919, he immigrated to Canada in 1924. As a Jewish community cultural activist, Weinberg was a published writer and noted lecturer in several fields including museology,Read More


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


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


High-Stakes Drama in Israel Pits Top Cop Against Attorney General

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — It is a showdown worthy of a Hollywood script, where “The Sopranos” meets “Law and Order” deep inside “The West Wing.” It is a confrontation that is shaking Israel’s law-enforcement apparatus to the core and rocking its political establishment. It is depicted on both emotional sides as a fateful battle betweenRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Sunshine State Scramble: Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Jewish Democrat from south Florida, has emerged as the best-financed of the several contenders vying to replace Senator Bob Graham, who declared this week that he would not run for re-election in 2004.Deutsch, whose district stretches from Broward County south to Key West, has some $3 million cashRead More


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