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The Tortilla Steps Up to the Plate, Filling the Hole Left by the Bagel

By Lisa Keys

MILLBURN, N.J. — Surveying his colorful, recently opened restaurant, David Fishman points to the smoky, saucy and decidedly untough meat being devoured by a reporter. “That’s not your bubbe’s brisket,” he said, raising an eyebrow and smiling.Indeed. While the word “brisket” conjures images of Passover Seders and home-cookedRead More


9/11 Report Ups Heat On Saudis, Washington

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already embattled over its use of doubtful intelligence in building its case for the war against Iraq, is gearing up for renewed scrutiny over reports that it has hampered investigations of the September 11 attacks.A congressional report on the attacks is set to be released in the middle of next week,Read More


California Budget Woes Threaten Elderly

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s ongoing budget crisis has Jewish federations and their social service agencies bracing for deep cuts that may leave some of their most vulnerable clients in dire straits.Topping administrators’ fears are proposed cuts in their already deficient reimbursements from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid healthcareRead More


Specter Squeezed From Left, Right On Support for Bush’s Bench Picks

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter is getting the political squeeze from both the left and right over his support of President Bush’s anti-abortion judicial nominees. The jam has Democrats predicting that Specter will lose the Jewish vote and fail in his bid for a fifth term.The nation’s senior Jewish lawmaker and a senior member of the SenateRead More


Hollywood Celebrities Slow To Mobilize in Support of Israel

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — Judging from his work on several gruesome Quentin Tarantino films, Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender seems like an obvious candidate to brave the intifada and visit Israel. But Bender’s trip there last month marked the first time that the “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” producer had ever been to theRead More


Filmmaker Finds Inspiration in a Bar’s Motley Crew

By Lisa Keys

Slumping in his chair, debut film director Eitan Gorlin oozes California cool. His hair, almost blond, flops into a bowl cut; his corduroys, white but slightly dirty, are rolled above his ankles, and his lone accessory, an unadorned silver ring, sits oh-so-defiantly on his thumb.If Gorlin comes across as cool, however, his new film is almost tooRead More


E.U. Shuns Ban on Hamas

By Marc Perelman

Rebuffing Washington, the European Union decided last week that it will not reclassify the political wing of Hamas as a terrorist group, insisting that its activities qualify it as a legitimate organization.Meeting last week in Brussels, the 15 European foreign ministers reached a unanimous decision not to change the political wing’sRead More


Sharon May Shuffle Cabinet, Rebuild Labor Coalition

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon is facing growing political obstacles in his efforts to steer Israel along President Bush’s “road map” to peace, and insiders say he may soon be forced to reshuffle his Cabinet and reestablish a broad-based unity coalition with Labor.Sharon’s moderate policies are meeting opposition not only from hisRead More


Syria Makes Overture Over Negotiations

By Marc Perelman

Worried about being diplomatically isolated by Middle East peace talks, Syria has signaled its willingness to enter into negotiations with Israel for the second time in recent months.Syrian President Bashar Assad and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a joint communiqué Monday urging the United States, European Union,Read More


Download Interaction To Upgrade Institutionalized Judaism

By Douglas Rushkoff

The emergence of the Internet a decade ago promised to do for media what Judaism did millennia earlier for religion: turn our understanding of the world from a vision received into a vision negotiated. Both cyberspace’s networkers and Israel’s God-wrestlers have sought to turn top-down affairs into participatory ones. InsteadRead More





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