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Tourists Outnumber Residents In Storied Indian Community

By Jana Winter

“I feel like an endangered species, like a rhinoceros in a zoo,” Joseph Hallegua said with the faint helplessness of an old patriarchal figure slowly losing control over his domain.The 70-something Hallegua is one of the last Cochin Jews, trying to come to terms with the grim future of his community. On the island of Cochin in the southernRead More


Movie Mogul Makes Debut as a Macher

By Nathaniel Popper

In the brouhaha over the Anti-Defamation League’s decision to honor Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at a dinner last week, hardly anyone commented on the surprisingly prominent presence of film mogul Harvey Weinstein on the dais.While Weinstein, the co-chairman of Miramax Films, is a famously large personality — a stapleRead More


Argentina: Move Trial In Bombing Overseas

By Marc Perelman

In what Argentinean officials are describing as a last-ditch effort to salvage the decade-old investigation into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, the country’s top diplomat is demanding an international trial to examine Iran’s alleged role in the attack.In an exclusive interview with theRead More


Rules for Religious Charities Drawing Fire

By Nacha Cattan

New White House regulations could force needy people seeking help from religious charities to sit through religious services before they can receive aid, Jewish civil-rights groups are charging.The civil rights groups say the new rules, which bar charities from forcing recipients of government aid to participate “actively” in activities suchRead More


Rabbi Presses the President On Rise in American Poverty

By Ami Eden

President Bush got an earful from one of the 16 rabbis he invited to the White House Monday.Made up mostly of Orthodox clergymen, the group focused on issues related to Israel and the war on terrorism, according to several participants. Two rabbis urged Bush to consider clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. But, during a sudden lullRead More


Rhetoric Escalates Over Pilots’ Rebellion

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The shocking announcement by 27 Air Force pilots that they would refuse to participate in what they called “illegal and immoral” assassination attempts against Palestinian terrorists is hitting a raw nerve among army generals and reopening the bitter schisms in Israeli politics.While described as an “insignificant minority”Read More


Germans Reexamine Their Own WWII Suffering

By Nathaniel Popper

The landscape of German communal memory has undergone a seismic shift in the past year, if a series of film screenings and panel discussions over the next month at New York’s Goethe Institute is any indication.Until recently, any German discussion of World War II focused on the pain the Nazis inflicted on others. The suffering ofRead More


Congress Pushing Bush on Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by Saudi Arabia, even as congressional pressure mounts on the Bush administration to confront Riyadh’s alleged funding of Hamas.Congressmen from both parties are demanding that the administration pressure the Saudi government into enforcing a decree issued by Crown Prince Abdullah more than a year agoRead More


Kudos for the King of ‘Clowns’

By Wendy Wasserstein

Playwright Herb Gardner found success when he was just 27 years old. The Brooklyn boy, who graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and sold orange drink at the Cort and National theaters, won the New York Drama Critics Prize as most promising playwright of the season when his show “A Thousand Clowns” opened on Broadway in 1962. HisRead More


Morocco Considering Renewed Relations

By Marc Perelman

Morocco and Israel are mulling a resumption of diplomatic relations, which were severed by the Arab kingdom after the outbreak of the intifada.After resuming public meetings and contacts with Israeli officials in recent weeks, King Mohammed VI of Morocco told American Jewish communal leaders in New York last week thatRead More


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