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Baby Food Scare Breeds Fear, Suspicion Among Israelis

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israelis often suppose that their long history of warfare, capped by three years of bloody intifada, have all but immunized them against life’s more mundane fears and anxieties. But nothing could have prepared them for the sheer terror raised this week by the specter of tainted baby food.That terror swept the Jewish stateRead More


Dem Hopefuls Appoint Liaisons To Shore Up Communal Support

By E.J. Kessler

Got Jews?As the Democratic presidential contenders gear up for a final push before the primaries, a number of campaigns are designating personnel as liaisons to the Jewish community.The campaigns’ fundraisers have been operating feverishly among Jews from the get-go — Jewish donors supply more than half the funds for any DemocraticRead More


Yiddishist Fred Weinberg Dies

By Chana Pollack

Fred Weinberg, the Toronto pediatrician, Judaica collector and Yiddishist, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Ostrovtse (Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski), Poland, in 1919, he immigrated to Canada in 1924. As a Jewish community cultural activist, Weinberg was a published writer and noted lecturer in several fields including museology,Read More


World Body Riven By Power Struggle

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Bobby Brown, a former adviser to former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is slated to be named director of international affairs of the World Jewish Congress as well as its Jerusalem director, the Forward has learned.The appointment is the congress’s third major personnel move in the past month and comesRead More


American Stores Pull Formula Off Their Shelves

By Forward Staff and Jta

In a small reminder that the fate of American Jews is never far removed from that of Israelis, the panic over a defective Remedia baby formula quickly spread to the Orthodox enclaves of New York, where some Remedia products are sold in stores.There have been no reported cases of sickness in America so far, but New York City’s Department ofRead More


Rival Russian Jewish Leaders Lend Backing to Putin

By Nathaniel Popper

Russia’s arrest of a Jewish oil magnate has drawn heavy criticism from abroad, but the feuding leaders of the country’s two major Jewish organizations are both voicing support for the government action.In a rare moment of agreement between bitter rivals, Berel Lazar, chief rabbi for the Chabad-Lubavitch-dominated FederationRead More


Same Union, Different Name at Biennial

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — In recent years, the leaders of Reform Judaism have instituted a slew of changes geared toward transforming worship in their synagogues and strengthening the religious observance of their followers. But, until last week, one thing had remained the same, the name of the movement’s congregational arm: The Union of American HebrewRead More


Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ami Eden

MINNEAPOLIS — After two years of relative silence, the leader of America’s largest synagogue movement has returned to the policy stage with a full-bore attack on the policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon government.In a major policy address here last week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the newly renamed Union for Reform Judaism,Read More


Magazine’s Name Stirs Memories for Survivors

By Max Gross

Marc S. Klein is trying to save the letter “j.”In September, Klein, the editor of the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, decided to give his 107-year-old newspaper a makeover: The tabloid-sized journal was turned into a glossy magazine; humor columns were added; features were expanded, and hard-news items were toned down. And — in theRead More


Political Pollster Grows Into His Jewish Identity

By Nathaniel Popper

Republican pollster Frank Luntz has seen his fair share of loss and disappointment working on the political campaigns of unsuccessful presidential candidates such as Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot.But the work Luntz has done for the Jewish community during the past year and a half has introduced him to a new,Read More


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