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Sharansky Article On Campus Tour Irks Hillel Leader

By Eric Marx

In a rare rebuke, a top American Jewish organizational official is criticizing the Israeli minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, for penning a scathing critique of American Jewish campus activism.Avraham Infeld, interim president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said thatRead More


‘Coleman Republicans’ Wave Moderate GOP Flag

By E.J. Kessler

Call them the “Norm Coleman Republicans.”A surprising number of Jews running for office in 2003 appear to be modeling themselves after the newly minted Minnesota senator and former mayor of St. Paul — moderate, Jewish Republicans running on urban-friendly platforms.In mayoral, city council and state senate races in New York, New Jersey andRead More


Scientist’s ‘Theory of Everything’ Could Realize Einstein’s Dream

By Ariel Zilber

Many observers have anointed scientist Brian Greene the intellectual heir to the late Carl Sagan, the famed author, astronomer and television host credited with popularizing science to a mass audience through his 1980 public television series, Cosmos.“It’s very flattering,” Greene said of the comparison. “Carl Sagan was a hero ofRead More


Cheers, Jeers Greet Democratic Contenders

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Moms’ Plight Spurs Action By Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

Three years ago, Cathy Markowitz had it all together. A house in a Long Island suburb, an accountant husband and a steady day job at a doctor’s office that gave her plenty of time to spend with her three young sons.Then her husband had a serious stroke. In the weeks that followed, Markowitz said that she discovered he had been leading a secondRead More


Probe Demanded of Ford Foundation Funding

By Nacha Cattan

A recent investigative report on the Ford Foundation’s funding of Palestinian groups is triggering calls for a federal investigation.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, and the American Jewish Congress are urging a federal probe into the alleged financial ties between what might be the country’s most prestigious foundation andRead More


What Fate for Arafat? Sharon Decides To Trust Grim Reaper

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government apparently has given up plans to assassinate, deport or otherwise harm Yasser Arafat and is now relying on nature to take its course and remove the Palestinian leader from power, via his allegedly deteriorating health.Sources in Prime Minister Sharon’s office told the Forward this weekRead More


Vintage Synagogues, Extravagant But Empty

By Cara Greenberg

A French archbishop in a synagogue, wearing a yarmulke, drinking kosher wine and singing the praises of the Torah? Believe it. It happened at an unusual book party earlier this month at France’s oldest synagogue in Carpentras. Jules Farber, an American Jewish journalist who has lived in the south of France since 1997, presented MonsignorRead More


Bush Drops Opposition To Building Of Barrier

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has abandoned its opposition to Israel’s construction of a security fence in the West Bank, easing a major point of tension between Washington and Jerusalem in recent months, according to pro-Israel activists in Washington, Palestinian diplomats and sources close to the Bush administration.UntilRead More


Organizers of Initiative Seek U.S. Support

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The leaders of an Israeli-Palestinian grassroots peace initiative came to Washington this week seeking support for their undertaking to revive peace efforts on the basis of mutually accepted principles to guide a final settlement between the parties.The two leaders of the initiative, Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’sRead More


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