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Newsdesk September 19, 2003

Abdullah, Jewish Leaders MeetJordan is seeking the right timing to send its ambassador back to Tel Aviv and will “hopefully” do that soon, Jordan’s King Abdullah II told a small group of Jewish community leaders in Washington Monday.The king, currently in the United States for a meetingRead More


Rabbi Facing Fraud Charges Plans Return to Fundraising

By E.J. Kessler

A Brooklyn rabbi charged with defrauding the federal government of almost $700,000 is proclaiming his innocence and vowing that his legal troubles have only temporarily halted his prodigious political fundraising.Milton Balkany, the dean of an Orthodox girls’ school in Boro Park, surrendered to authorities on August 26 to face charges thatRead More


Israeli Fighter Jets Over Auschwitz Cause Controversy

By Ami Eden

More than half a century after his grandmother was killed at Auschwitz, Israeli Brigadier General Amir Eshel helped spark an international controversy last week by flying over the adjacent Birkenau death camp in an F-15 fighter jet.Two other Israeli aircraft, also piloted by descendants of Holocaust survivors, took part in the fly-over, timed toRead More


Charles Liebman Shed Light on Jewish Culture

By Steven M. Cohen

Charles Liebman, widely regarded as the pre-eminent social scientist of Jews and Judaism in the latter third of the 20th century, died last week in Petah Tikva at age 69. A political scientist by discipline, his dozen books and scores of scholarly articles deftly interpret the culture of Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States, IsraelRead More


‘Conservatory With a Heart’ Embroiled in Union Dispute

By Jon Kalish

The Lucy Moses School bills itself as “The Conservatory With a Heart,“ but some teachers at the arts school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side say the institution has had little sympathy for their efforts to unionize.Dozens of teachers at the school voted to join Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in an election certified by theRead More


Layoff of Veteran Leader in L.A. Sparks Talk of a Split in Federation

By Nacha Cattan

Los Angeles’s Jewish federation’s sudden move to lay off the top professional of its public-affairs division, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, has sparked outrage and talk of a committee secession from the federation.Citing budget woes, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles eliminated the executive director positionRead More


Key Statistics Reported in Jewish Population Study

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 found an overall American Jewish population of 5.2 million, which it contrasted with the 5.5 million population figure found in the last population survey in 1990. The new survey’s appendix cautioned, however, that several methodological decisions could have resulted in an undercount in the new…Read More


New Population Survey Retracts Intermarriage Figure

By Nacha Cattan

The long-awaited National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 sent shockwaves through the Jewish community this week by retracting the single most hotly debated number in American Jewish life, the 52% intermarriage rate.The figure, first published in the National Jewish Population Survey 1990, has become conventional wisdom in public discussionRead More


Rival Orthodox Parties Battle Over Army Exemptions

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tensions are mounting between Israel’s two leading Orthodox parties after Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef suggested it is acceptable to kill members of the rival National Religious Party who criticize army exemptions for yeshiva students.While Yosef has a long history of making incendiary remarks, last week’sRead More


Sharansky Set To Take Heat On Campus Speaking Tour

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In an effort to reinforce students’ Jewish identities and bolster Israel’s standing on North American college campuses, Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky is embarking next week on a whirlwind campus speaking tour.Believed to be the first time an Israeli minister has embarked on an extensive tour of NorthRead More


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