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Community Gathers To Grieve in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul’s Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey’s commercial capital.Ulcer’s devotion cost him his life: He was one of 25 people, including six Jews,Read More


The Lesson From Istanbul: Terrorism Knows No Borders

By Zeyno Baran

The terrorist attacks against two synagogues in Istanbul on November 15 should serve as another warning of the grand ambitions of the global jihadist movement. The territory of NATO’s only Muslim member, a country that has been an American ally for 50 years, is now part of the global battlefield in the war against terrorism. Al Qaeda and itsRead More


Europe’s Leaders Confront Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings of synagogues in Turkey and an attack on a Jewish school in France appear to have jolted European leaders into action against antisemitism.After the school near Paris was burned down last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced the creation of a special inter-ministerial entity to deal with antisemiticRead More


C O R R E C T I O N S

The November 7 article “There Once Was a World: ‘Jewish New York’ ” incorrectly identified the author of “Jewish New York: Notable Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments.” His name is Ira Wolfman.Due to an editing error, the pre-World War I Hashomer defense organization was incorrectly identified as “socialist” in a November 7Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

No Land’s Man: Upon his return from the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that produced the Geneva Understandings, Israeli novelist Amos Oz announced that “the gruntwork of making peace has already been done.”“The problem of the 1948 refugees, which is really the heart of our national security predicament, is resolvedRead More


Jewish Organizations Split Over Pledge Case Strategy

By Nacha Cattan

As the legal battle against the Pledge of Allegiance heads to the Supreme Court, Jewish civil rights groups are divided in their response to the controversial case.The American Jewish Congress is planning to challenge a recent appeals court ruling that the pledge is unconstitutional. The Anti-Defamation League, on the other hand, in a reversalRead More


Newsdesk November 14, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Lobbyist Lands New PostA pro-Israel activist recently dismissed from the Zionist Organization of America quickly found a new home with the American Jewish Congress.Sarah Stern, who headed the ZOA’s Washington office for six years until she was dismissed earlier this month, will assume the same post at AJCongress. Stern left the ZOA on a sourRead More


Groups Backing Rally for Choice

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A massive abortion rights rally planned for April in Washington, D.C. is garnering support from several leading national Jewish groups.The April 25 march is planned as a major show of strength for abortion rights supporters at a time when anti-abortion forces are on the offensive, with President Bush lastRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Damage Update: More headaches for former Vermont governor Howard Dean: An outspoken Orthodox assemblyman says he is going to make an issue in the New York primary out of Dean’s September gaffe on Israel.Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents Borough Park in Brooklyn, is vowing to give Dean grief for his remarkRead More


Senator Urges Orthodox Leaders To Wage War on Secularism

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Nacha Cattan.

The senate’s third-ranking Republican urged Orthodox leaders to fight the powers of “radical secularism” as if “the lives of your children are at stake.”Senator Rick Santorum, leader of the Senate Republican conference, issued his call Monday in Manhattan during the Monday keynote address at a gathering of Orthodox Union leaders,Read More


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