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Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Politics by Other Means: The secret of our success, goes an old CIA proverb, is the secret of our success. The essence of the adage, to judge by recent public criticism of the intelligence community, has been lost on the agency’s fellow spooks over at the Defense Department.For much of the last year, the Pentagon’s prominent roleRead More


Newsdesk December 26, 2003

WJC Meets With EnvoyThe World Jewish Congress has met at the State Department with America’s newly confirmed special envoy for Holocaust issues to request that funds from Holocaust restitution agreements be used to fight antisemitism.In the meeting with the envoy, Ambassador Ed O’Donnell, the WJC’s governing board’s chairman,Read More


As Needs Rise, Few Receive Emergency Food Assistance

By Nathaniel Popper

Holocaust survivor Yankel Teytelman left behind the hardships of Ukraine only to find poverty in Brooklyn.When 73-year-old Teytelman and his wife, Vera, immigrated to America in late 2000 they quickly found themselves burdened with $650 in monthly rent, and only $500 in federal aid to cover all their expenses. The Teytelmans would seem to haveRead More


Army: Hamas Halting Strikes Inside ’67 Lines

TEL AVIV — The Israeli army’s military intelligence division believes that Hamas has deliberately refrained over the last 100 days from carrying out terror strikes against Israeli civilians inside the Green Line, Israel’s pre-1967 border. The last Hamas attack within the Green Line, according to military intelligence, took place atRead More


U.S. Officials Supporting Sharon Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite an initial White House rebuke and continuing State Department objections, Bush administration officials are now voicing support for a major policy address delivered last week by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.The Israeli leader appeared to throw U.S. officials a curve December 18 in a speech at the Herzliya securityRead More


Demographics Drive Likud’s Shifting Agenda

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Driving the Likud’s metamorphosis from “Greater Israel” dogmatism to separation pragmatism are not constraints of geography but of demography.“Above all hovers the cloud of demographics,” Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot last week, explaining his dramatic decisionRead More


Crisis Looms Over Settlement Evacuations

JERUSALEM — The debate over the future Israel’s settlement policy continued to rage furiously this week, following Prime Minister Sharon’s December 18 speech outlining possible unilateral steps to separate from the Palestinians and redeploy some settlements.While the Labor Party and the left continued to dismiss Sharon’s plan as eitherRead More


Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book

By Allan Nadler

Leaders of the country’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.Written by Rabbi Saadya Grama — an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshivaRead More


Envoy Under Fire for Discussing Terror Suspect’s Trial

By Sheldon Gordon

OTTAWA — The Israeli ambassador to Canada came under fire last week after publicly disclosing that a Hamas official had allegedly tried to recruit a Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin to assist in terrorist attacks in North America.The Canadian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli Ambassador Chaim Divon to protest comments heRead More


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