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Starting a Revolution in the National Religious Party

By Eric Marx

Some women just won’t take no for an answer.After Gila Finkelstein helped to broaden Israel’s National Religious Party base as a candidate in the 1999 parliamentary elections, she thought she would gain a seat representing the party in the Knesset. But party leaders — notably Israel’s former Sephardic chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu,Read More


Labor Opens Its Doors

By Gus Tyler

In preparation for the election of 2004, the American labor movement — with the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations at its helm — has set in motion a plan to extend its political presence. It is opening its doors to those who are not necessarily members of any union to join the AFL-CIO in its politicalRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Picture This: Partisanship may be a staple of pre-election years, but this year’s candidate-bashing by the media seems to have a particularly nasty flair to it.Take, for instance, John J. Miller’s cover story in the September 1 issue of the conservative National Review, titled “The Awful Specter of Yet AnotherRead More


Newsdesk September 19, 2003

Abdullah, Jewish Leaders MeetJordan is seeking the right timing to send its ambassador back to Tel Aviv and will “hopefully” do that soon, Jordan’s King Abdullah II told a small group of Jewish community leaders in Washington Monday.The king, currently in the United States for a meetingRead More


Rabbi Facing Fraud Charges Plans Return to Fundraising

By E.J. Kessler

A Brooklyn rabbi charged with defrauding the federal government of almost $700,000 is proclaiming his innocence and vowing that his legal troubles have only temporarily halted his prodigious political fundraising.Milton Balkany, the dean of an Orthodox girls’ school in Boro Park, surrendered to authorities on August 26 to face charges thatRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Defense: In his latest attempt to mend fences after the dustup over his comment that the United States “ought not to take sides” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Howard Dean is trying to assuage the ire of Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman.In an interview with the Associated Press, Foxman describedRead More


Democratic Council Rebuilds New York Chapter

Just in time for the Democratic presidential primaries, a Jewish Democratic group is rebuilding its presence in New York.The National Jewish Democratic Council, founded in 1990 as “the national voice of Jewish Democrats,” has hired fundraiser Jill Straus to spearhead its revived New York chapter. Straus will reach outRead More


Suit To Press Bush on Jerusalem’s Status

By Eric Marx

A New Yorker living in Israel filed a law suit this past week against the Bush administration in an effort to press it to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ari Zivotofsky claims in the suit that the State Department broke the law when it refused to list Israel as the place of birth on his 11-month-old son’s passport, even though heRead More


Layoff of Veteran Leader in L.A. Sparks Talk of a Split in Federation

By Nacha Cattan

Los Angeles’s Jewish federation’s sudden move to lay off the top professional of its public-affairs division, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, has sparked outrage and talk of a committee secession from the federation.Citing budget woes, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles eliminated the executive director positionRead More


Key Statistics Reported in Jewish Population Study

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 found an overall American Jewish population of 5.2 million, which it contrasted with the 5.5 million population figure found in the last population survey in 1990. The new survey’s appendix cautioned, however, that several methodological decisions could have resulted in an undercount in the new…Read More





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