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Israel Riled As Geneva ‘Pact’ Gains Supporters

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As tensions grew between Israel and America this week over the Bush administration’s support for the Geneva Understandings, backers of the informal peace plan appear to be winning over some American Jewish groups, threatening to split a key pillar of Jerusalem’s support base in the United States.In one dramatic sign of a loomingRead More


Philanthropist Aiming To Reach Out to Cultural Jews

If Felix Posen had his way, American Jewish schools would teach the Bible less as a holy book than as a classic work of literature.“You teach Judaism as a culture. You start with the Bible, the first piece of literature we Jews created,” the London philanthropist said. “God is not dead; he is a literary hero like AnnaRead More


Middle-Class Job Woes Persist Despite Bright Economic News

By Nathaniel Popper

Unemployed Jews were spilling out of the lecture hall at the Orthodox Union’s national office in downtown New York Tuesday morning. A total of 110 job seekers had signed up for the free employment workshop offered by the O.U., and another 45 had to be turned away for lack of space.The workshop took placeRead More


Career Adviser Pushes New Paradigm for Job Seekers

By Nathaniel Popper

As participants at the Orthodox Union workshop were filing out of the room, about 15 people flocked to the mysterious bald man in the back of the room. He proceeded to tell them all that he felt was wrong with what they had just heard.His name is Shlomo Gewirtz and he might be called a prophet of sorts, out to expose the fallacies of theRead More


Fear of Olympics Terror Hits Greece

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings in neighboring Turkey have triggered heightened concern among Greek authorities and Western intelligence officials about possible terrorist strikes during next summer’s Olympics games in Athens.Security experts and Western officials have long warned that a world event held in the heart of the Mediterranean, spread over moreRead More


Leaders Call for Commitment in Fighting AIDS

Jewish groups from across the denominational spectrum are calling on the community to help fight AIDS in Africa and other places hit hard by the pandemic.In an open letter to the Jewish community issued by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist leaders called on “synagogues and rabbis to renewRead More


Real Estate Magnate Sees a Third Way Leading to Mideast Peace

By Eric Marx

As the recently unveiled Geneva Understandings pick up international support — and settler leaders push their own model for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — yet another Middle East peace plan is being put forward. Abe Hirschfeld, an eccentric real estate mogul and senatorial candidate from New York, has a binational plan that, heRead More


Survivors Say Compensation Fund Misled Them

By Nacha Cattan

Some Holocaust survivors are alleging that a restitution organization misguided them into paying $50 to apply for a compensation fund that they had almost no chance of receiving. Emily Kessler, 87, said that the Manhattan-based United Restitution Organization charged her $50 to process her application for a German pension fund. KesslerRead More


Citing 1st Amendment, N.Y. Court Dismisses ‘Chained Wife’ Appeal

By Nathaniel Popper

Reasserting the constitutional right of ecclesiastical tribunals to operate free of governmental oversight, a New York court has dismissed a lawsuit against several rabbis alleging defamation and bribery in the course of an Orthodox divorce proceeding.The case, which has received intense media coverage in recent years, was brought by HelenRead More


Steinhardt Proposes Fund for Education

By Nacha Cattan

Billionaire philanthropist Michael Steinhardt delivered a fiery speech last week, calling for a radical reordering of Jewish communal priorities and the creation of an unprecedented fund to promote Jewish education.Speaking last week to a gathering in Jerusalem of thousands of North American Jewish communal leaders, Steinhardt startled hisRead More


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