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Jewish Organizations Absent at Civil Rights Rally

By Daniel Treiman

In 1963 leading Jewish groups lined up to support the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a climactic moment in the civil rights movement. The president of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, delivered an address that chief march organizer Bayard Rustin would later claim was the event’s “greatest speech,” eclipsingRead More


Diaspora Museum on the Verge of Economic Collapse

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, once famed for its cutting-edge technology and innovative exhibitions, is on the verge of total economic collapse and will be forced to close unless additional funding can be found to keep it alive.A special committee headed by former finance and justiceRead More


New Afghan Constitution Is Worrying U.S. Panel

By Marc Perelman

The U.S. government’s top human rights body is warning that the new constitution being drafted in Afghanistan may fail to protect basic human rights while allowing conservative Islamic clerics to curtail religious freedom.A delegation from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan body set up by CongressRead More


White House Plans Renewed Mideast Peace Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as the White House pledges to salvage the Middle East peace process, administration officials are rejecting more aggressive steps being advocated by some lawmakers and former American diplomats, including the use of American troops.The effort to step up American peace-making efforts follows what critics pannedRead More


Debates on Gays Link Anglicans, Conservative Jews

By Ami Eden

Debates over homosexuality have produced national headlines throughout the summer, with much of the attention focused on the Episcopal Church and its groundbreaking decision to appoint an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson.Yet an equally impassioned debate is raging within Conservative Jewish circles, as its top law-making body, the CommitteeRead More


Southern Teachers Hit the Road To Educate Rural Communities

By Lisa Keys

GREENVILLE, Miss.—When Lauren Antler accepted a position with Teach for America, she knew that her two-year assignment would find her teaching in a public school classroom five days a week, likely in a rural location far from her home in New York City.But when Antler, 23, landed in the Mississippi Delta community of Greenville last year, sheRead More


Marley Sings New Song for Peace

By Rachel Zuckerman

With the Middle East peace process again in tatters, one boldface name is offering a dose of reggae for the battered sides.Singer Ziggy Marley, son of late reggae superstar Bob Marley, has penned “Shalom Salaam,” which, as he told the Forward in an interview, calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.“I understand the points ofRead More


Soccer Brings Israeli, Palestinian Kids Together

By Max Gross

A visitor to the Tokyo Nisgaoka Soccer Stadium this week is likely to hear a strange mix of languages. A Palestinian child may shout, “’Urkud!” (“Run!”) An Israeli child may call for his teammate to pass the kadur (ball), while a Japanese child may put down the ball to prepare for a ko-na-kikku (corner kick).The latest movement to try toRead More


Searching for Daniel Pearl’s Killer in the Devil’s Home

By Max Gross

Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French-Jewish philosopher and intellectual, was in Karachi for not more than an hour — riding in a taxi from the airport to his hotel — when his driver turned to him and said: “And your religion? What is your religion?”For a moment Lévy was baffled.Lévy was in Pakistan to write about the kidnapping and murderRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Ami Eden

In God He Trusts: Writing in the September issue of GQ, Guy Lawson takes a stab at retracing President Bush’s religious transformation from hard-drinking oil man to God-fearing president. Titled “George W.’s Personal Jesus” and accompanied by an illustration depicting Bush as the Christian messiah, the article is packed with worthwhileRead More


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