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Israeli Fighter Jets Over Auschwitz Cause Controversy

By Ami Eden

More than half a century after his grandmother was killed at Auschwitz, Israeli Brigadier General Amir Eshel helped spark an international controversy last week by flying over the adjacent Birkenau death camp in an F-15 fighter jet.Two other Israeli aircraft, also piloted by descendants of Holocaust survivors, took part in the fly-over, timed toRead More


Charles Liebman Shed Light on Jewish Culture

By Steven M. Cohen

Charles Liebman, widely regarded as the pre-eminent social scientist of Jews and Judaism in the latter third of the 20th century, died last week in Petah Tikva at age 69. A political scientist by discipline, his dozen books and scores of scholarly articles deftly interpret the culture of Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States, IsraelRead More


‘Conservatory With a Heart’ Embroiled in Union Dispute

By Jon Kalish

The Lucy Moses School bills itself as “The Conservatory With a Heart,“ but some teachers at the arts school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side say the institution has had little sympathy for their efforts to unionize.Dozens of teachers at the school voted to join Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in an election certified by theRead 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


New Population Survey Retracts Intermarriage Figure

By Nacha Cattan

The long-awaited National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 sent shockwaves through the Jewish community this week by retracting the single most hotly debated number in American Jewish life, the 52% intermarriage rate.The figure, first published in the National Jewish Population Survey 1990, has become conventional wisdom in public discussionRead More


Courtside Knishes Come to U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament now has a kosher food cart. Hot dogs, pretzels and knishes are among the items available at the cart run by Jeffrey Striks of Strictly Kosher, who also operates kosher food carts at New York Yankees and Mets baseball games, and at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Every evening during the tournament, Striks isRead More


Bush Shows Chutzpah in Dealings With the U.N.

By Gus Tyler

The bombing of the United Nations’ headquarters in Iraq opens up a new chapter in the strained relationship between the United States and the U.N.It began with the charge of the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein was violating a provision under a U.N. agreement that forbade his (Hussein’s) building weapons of mass destruction. TheRead More


American Web Site Causes Stir Among Israeli Politicians

By Eric Marx

The most right-wing party in the Israeli government is vowing to sue a Philadelphia-based activist that they say is fraudulently claiming to be its North American representative.At issue is a Web site operated by Philadelphian Arno Weinstein, who identifies himself as the executive director and vice president of American Friends ofRead More


Russian Immigrants Combat Plan To Build Cell Tower

By Max Gross

ALBANY, N.Y. — They’re environmentalists, but not exactly the kind you’d see at a Greenpeace rally.The residents of the B’nai B’rith Parkview Apartments in Albany are elderly, and about half of them are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Stepping out into the front lobby of the apartment complex, one is as likely to hear Russian asRead More





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