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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


Groups Unite Over Day-Care Reform

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Opposition to a Republican plan for reforming Head Start, America’s chief day-care program for poor children, is reuniting Jewish groups that have not worked together on domestic policy issues for some time.Many Jewish liberals are opposing the initiative because they are concerned that the proposed changes to HeadRead More


New Voting System Approved in Knesset

JERUSALEM — The Knesset is to invest around $760,000 to install a new electronic voting system, which will include a fingerprint recognition system for lawmakers. The figure was approved this week by the Knesset joint budget committee, which approved a budget increase of $670,000 to cover the cost of the state-of-the-art system.Knesset SpeakerRead More


Survey Finds Poverty Rate Among Jews Soars in N.Y.

By Daniel Treiman

The number of poor Jews in New York City has skyrocketed over the past decade, coinciding with significant shifts in the demographic makeup of the nation’s largest Jewish community, according to a major survey released Monday by UJA-Federation of New York.The survey, the 2002 Jewish Community Study of New York, found that the proportion ofRead More


Calls Mount for Int’l Troops in Territories

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration stepped up its pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a cease-fire this week, pressure was mounting on Capitol Hill for an international military force to patrol the troubled territories and separate the sides.The proposal, which Israel rejects and President Bush has not embraced, was endorsedRead More


Oil for Food Sales Seen As Iraq Tie To Al Qaeda

By Marc Perelman

The hunt for Saddam Hussein’s money could provide some clues to one of the claims made by the Bush administration to justify its war in Iraq — the possible link between the former Iraqi regime and the Al Qaeda terrorist group.Two entities, a shadowy banking network linked by the administration to Al Qaeda and a Saudi oil company close to theRead More


Settlers Are Challenging Evacuations Of Outposts

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — While American and Egyptian mediators were huddling this week with Israelis and Palestinians over the anti-terrorism provisions of President Bush’s ”road map” to peace, another key point in the plan — dismantling Israeli settlement outposts in the territories — has stalled.Sharon committed himself at the June 4 Aqaba summitRead More


Feith Seen as War-Plans Fall Guy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Douglas Feith, one of the leading hawks in the Pentagon, is coming under increasing criticism from within the administration, leading some to speculate about his future.Administration officials, particularly in the State Department, claim that Feith and his staff mishandled preparations for postwar IraqRead More


German Communal Leader Probed After Drug Bust

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Germany’s most prominent Jewish leader is under investigation after police found cocaine in his apartment and office last week. Reports on the scandal have since associated Michel Friedman — vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as well as a television talk show host — with prostitution and a crime ring, inRead More


New Mayor Puts a Different Face On Father Flanagan’s Boys Town

BOYS TOWN, Neb. — In a large Tudor-style house on a quiet, well-kept cul-de-sac, Daniel Ocanto, 17, proudly shows a visitor his bedroom. Shy yet articulate, he talks about his love of classic rock — hence the Pink Floyd posters and drum set — and his plans to attend Brandeis University next year.It seems like a typical suburbanRead More





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