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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hamptons Holiday: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is spending the weekend of July 26 and 27 in New York’s posh Hamptons resort area, in particular Westhampton, where he is speaking on the Sabbath at the Westhampton Synagogue and attending a fundraiser on Sunday at The Prime Grill. The Orthodox synagogue is led by RabbiRead More


Activists: Ethiopians Die As Care Is Denied

By Nacha Cattan

A dozen Ethiopians, including nine children, reportedly died last month after being refused care by American Jewish relief organizations as they waited for permission to immigrate to Israel.Among the dead were starvation victims Emaye Molla, 18, and her 8-year-old brother, Berhane, Ethiopian activists said. According to the activists, othersRead More


Spotlight Shifts to Lieberman’s Children

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman lost its two top finance staffers this week in a staff purge that drew attention to the six-figure salaries the campaign was paying to Lieberman’s children for their work as fundraisers.Finance director Shari Yost and her deputy, Jennifer Yocham, resigned, in what the campaignRead More


Sharon Faces Ire As He Eyes Hamas Prisoner Release

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon braced for fierce Cabinet opposition this week in the wake of his decision to release Palestinian security prisoners belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the Forward that following next week’s planned meeting betweenRead More


Comedy Giants Gather To Mourn One of Hollywood’s Great Clowns

By Hank Rosenfeld

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor includes 14 pages of jokes on death, so when Buddy Hackett passed away in Malibu at age 79 last week, the chapel at Hillside Memorial in Culver City was packed with every comedy icon that hadn’t booked a Fourth of July gig out of town.Sid Caesar sat up front with Jan Murray. Don Rickles was there.Read More


Creating Common Cultural Identity in a Diverse Israel

By Daniel Treiman

Benjamin Ish-Shalom and Elazar Stern are the quintessential odd couple.Professor Ish-Shalom, dressed formally in a suit and tie with wire-rim glasses, sideburns and slightly disheveled hair, looks every bit the academic. The founder and rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center for Jewish Studies and Leadership, Ish-ShalomRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Sensible Anti-Zionism: “There is a legitimate ground for taking a moral and sensible stand against Zionism,” firebrand Israeli-Arab politician Azmi Bishara writes in the July 3 issue of the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly. “We can retain our anti-Zionist cultural stand without being enemies of the Jews or to coexistence.”Bishara’s ownRead More


Newsdesk July 11, 2003

Tel Aviv ‘Don’ Gives ThanksZe’ev Rosenstein, reputed “don” of the Tel Aviv underworld, attended a synagogue in Jerusalem on Monday to recite Gomel — the public prayer of thanksgiving for escaping danger — after surviving an apparent assassination attempt.Rosenstein narrowly escaped death last week when a bomb went off outside hisRead More


Groups Mobilizing To Protect Medicaid

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The nation’s major Jewish organizations are launching a program aimed at shielding federal social programs that cater to the poor, with its first priority to be maintaining Medicaid’s present funding and strict federal supervision over the way states deliver Medicaid services.“This will be our main focus in theRead More


Jewish Voters Still Overwhelmingly Democratic

By E.J. Kessler

Jewish Democrats become apoplectic when they hear Republicans swaggeringly predict a shift in the Jewish vote toward the Republican column. The overwhelming preponderance of polling, Democrats say, supports the opposite view — that Jews, alone among white groups, remain overwhelmingly Democratic.Last month, an independent poll for the Ipsos/CookRead More





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