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Rightist Minister Bridges Religious Divide, for Tourism

By Eric Marx

To most observers in this country, Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon does not readily conjure up images of pluralism and tolerance.Leader of the far-right Moledet Party, which advocates the “transfer” of Palestinians from the West Bank to nearby Arab countries, Elon is seen as one of the most politically extreme figures in Prime MinisterRead More


Back-to-School Shpilkes

By Marjorie Ingall

It’s finally starting to feel like autumn here in New York. Apples are getting crisper. Josie wore her first jumper and tights (which she refers to as her “jump-rope and kites”). We bought new leather shoes. And all the mameles I know with kids in school are breathing huge sighs of relief and making plans to go out for coffee.Josie turns 2Read More


Peru’s Outspoken First Lady Redefines a Traditional Role

By Marc Perelman

Eliane Karp does not match the usual job description for first lady of Peru. In a country where machismo is alive and well, the first lady is expected to be native-born, Catholic, dark-haired and (very) quiet. Karp is Belgian-born, Jewish, red-haired and (very) outspoken.But she does not mind challenging people’s expectations.“They seeRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Theological Iron Curtain: As former Vermont governor Howard Dean has ridden the wave of anti-Iraq war sentiment to the front of the Democratic presidential pack, pro-war party stalwarts have had a rough time carving a position palatable to liberals.The increasingly bogged-down occupation of Iraq may, however, prove to be a boon to at least oneRead More


JCC Director Forced Out

By Nacha Cattan

The founding director of the acclaimed Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Debby Hirshman, was asked to step down the day before Rosh Hashana after 13 years of service, the Forward has learned.A JCC press release states that Hirshman resigned, but the co-chair of the JCC board told the Forward that the board had askedRead More


Foes Warn Measure Could Hurt Efforts To Fight Bias

By Daniel Treiman

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial bid is overshadowing a ballot initiative that will either — depending upon whom one asks — bring the Golden State one step closer to realizing the dream of a color-blind society or stymie government efforts to fight discrimination and serve an ethnically diverse population.Proposition 54, aRead More


Argentina: Move Trial In Bombing Overseas

By Marc Perelman

In what Argentinean officials are describing as a last-ditch effort to salvage the decade-old investigation into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, the country’s top diplomat is demanding an international trial to examine Iran’s alleged role in the attack.In an exclusive interview with theRead More


Rules for Religious Charities Drawing Fire

By Nacha Cattan

New White House regulations could force needy people seeking help from religious charities to sit through religious services before they can receive aid, Jewish civil-rights groups are charging.The civil rights groups say the new rules, which bar charities from forcing recipients of government aid to participate “actively” in activities suchRead More


Rabbi Presses the President On Rise in American Poverty

By Ami Eden

President Bush got an earful from one of the 16 rabbis he invited to the White House Monday.Made up mostly of Orthodox clergymen, the group focused on issues related to Israel and the war on terrorism, according to several participants. Two rabbis urged Bush to consider clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. But, during a sudden lullRead More


Rhetoric Escalates Over Pilots’ Rebellion

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The shocking announcement by 27 Air Force pilots that they would refuse to participate in what they called “illegal and immoral” assassination attempts against Palestinian terrorists is hitting a raw nerve among army generals and reopening the bitter schisms in Israeli politics.While described as an “insignificant minority”Read More


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