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Russian Council Feud Heating Up After Kremlin Snub

By Lina Rozovskaya

MOSCOW — A three-year turf war for the soul of Russian Jews has heated up in recent days, as rival community councils — one espousing pluralism, the other dominated by Lubavitch chasidim — have taken their feud to new arenas including rabbinic recruitment and international diplomacy.The two groups, the Russian Jewish Congress and theRead More


Policies Split Clergy, Secular Leaders

By Ami Eden

Tax cuts are not a Jewish issue.So says Stephen Hoffman, the president and CEO of United Jewish Communities, the central coordinating body of Jewish welfare federations across North America.“How Congress decides to assemble the revenue of the United States is not a Jewish issue,” Hoffman recently told the Forward. “The Jewish issue is whatRead More


N.Y. Reform, Conservative Numbers Down

By Daniel Treiman

Headline coverage of the new demographic study released this week by UJA-Federation of New York trumpeted its findings on poverty and migration, including the fact that the Jewish population within New York City had dropped below 1 million for the first time in a century, which The New York Times called a “city milestone.”Some of the study’sRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is trying to turn some of the concerns about his candidacy voiced in the Jewish community to his advantage in a fundraising pitch.“When Al Gore made me the first Jewish American to be nominated to a national political ticket, some people questioned whether I was the bestRead More


Playwright Wins Jerusalem Prize

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The show must go on, they say, and so, despite the political situation on the ground, and the Iraqi war that forced a three-month postponement, the 21st Jerusalem International Book Fair will open here on Monday at the International Convention Center.The highlight of the fair will be the awarding of the Jerusalem Prize,Read More


Congregation Wins Zoning Battle

By Ethan Porter

An Orthodox congregation narrowly won a zoning battle in Plantation, Fla., when the city council voted on June 12 to allow Tiferet Raphael, an Orthodox synagogue, to hold services in a shopping plaza.Supporters of Tiferet Raphael faced opposition from a contingent of shopkeepers from Central Park Place Shopping Center. Religious worship is usuallyRead More


Army Chiefs Nervously Eye ‘Trap’ in Palestinian Cease-fire

By Chemi Shalev

ZJERUSALEM — Despite Israel’s reluctant agreement this week to respect an emerging cease-fire among Palestinian factions, at least temporarily, senior security officials here continue to describe the cease-fire as a “trap” that could help the terrorist organizations regroup and hamper Israel’s efforts to fight them.Israel agreed toRead More


Florida Rabbi To Fight Commission Vote

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A chasidic rabbi in this South Florida city says he is heading to federal court to fight a decision ordering his congregation to stop holding services at two adjacent houses in a residential neighborhood.After a contentious seven-hour meeting that lasted until 3:30 a.m., the city commission here voted 5 to 2 to deny the requestRead More


Dinner May Land Cantor in Pickle

By E.J. Kessler

In what experts say may be a violation of campaign finance laws, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, one of the top-ranking Republicans in the House, has failed to report a debt to a kosher restaurant.The restaurant, Stacks Deli, owned by a major Washington lobbyist, was the site of a $500-a-plate fundraiser organized for Cantor lastRead More


Philadelphia Council May Face Its Demise

By Nacha Cattan

A major restructuring in Philadelphia could doom one of American Jewry’s most storied public-policy groups.The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has decided to take control of the independent Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization that acts on behalf of a range of community agencies to foster relations with other religiousRead More





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