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U.S. Group Pushes Israeli Nutrition Bill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual step, the National Council of Jewish Women has called on its members and supporters to encourage Israeli legislators to support a bill that would provide every Israeli student with a daily hot, nutritious meal.American Jewish organizations rarely lobby Israeli Knesset members on legislation, and the NCJW isRead More


Software To Aid Military in Civilian Areas

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The American military is looking to Israel for expertise in dealing with Iraq’s civilian population, possibly adapting Israeli software for use in teaching American soldiers how to minimize friction with occupied Iraqis.The IDF officer who initiated and directed the production of the educational software, Lt. Col. Amos Guiora,Read More


Newsdesk January 2, 2004

Church-State SuitThe American Jewish Congress is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for summary judgment declaring unconstitutional a program by AmeriCorps, the federal service corps, placing religion teachers in sectarian schools.The AmeriCorps program promotes religious indoctrination of elementary- andRead More


Chanukah Menorahs Recalled by Crate and Barrel

By Miriam Colton

Just hours before Chanukah began, the popular catalog store Crate and Barrel recalled 800 menorahs because of a fire hazard.If the candles in the menorah are allowed to burn down completely, the menorah’s acrylic base can ignite, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in an official statement on December 19 (Chanukah began thatRead More


Activist Esther Leah Ritz, Champion of the Underdog, Dies at 85

By Max Gross

Esther Leah Ritz, the first female president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a prominent figure in Jewish philanthropic and liberal causes for decades, died in a Milwaukee hospital last Friday at age 85. The cause of death was pneumonia.At various times Ritz was president of the Jewish Community Centers Association, chair of FriendsRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Candidate Contribution: The most recently declared presidential candidate — President Bush — surprised a New York area Jewish charity last week with a hefty contribution.Bush’s check was discovered in the mail Friday by the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, William Rapfogel, who was opening envelopesRead More


Trying a Tyrant: Saddam Should Face an International Tribunal

By Kenneth Roth

Saddam Hussein’s capture is cause for rejoicing. Finally the specter of this brutal dictator has been lifted from the Iraqi people, their neighbors and the world. Few men have more blood on their hands or are more deserving of trial and punishment. By carefully presenting and condemning his atrocities in a court of law, we now have theRead More


Economic Recovery, Always Just Around the Corner

By Gus Tyler

Herbert Hoover, the Republican president of the United States during the beginning of the Great Depression, seems to have set a style of coping with economic disaster that is now being copied by our modern “Hoovers.” As the worst depression ever experienced in the United States deepened, Hoover decided that what was needed was toRead More


Jerusalem Returns to Normal: That Is, Chaos, Paralysis and Strikes Abound

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Things were briefly back to normal in government offices last week, and that meant chaos.For the last three months, a rolling series of work stoppages, slowdowns and outright strikes have brought Israel’s infamous government bureaucracy to a virtual standstill. The result has been a nightmare for those needing anything from aRead More


After Rebuke, Bush Officials Voice Support For Israel Plan Israeli Sends Signal to Iran Over Airwaves — In Persian

By Marc Perelman

When Israel’s defense minister chatted on-air with radio listeners last week about the possibility of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he did more than just send a warning to the leaders in Tehran. He also shed light on one of the strangest media phenomena in the Middle East: the Farsi-language program of IsraelRead More


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