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The Tortilla Steps Up to the Plate, Filling the Hole Left by the Bagel

By Lisa Keys

MILLBURN, N.J. — Surveying his colorful, recently opened restaurant, David Fishman points to the smoky, saucy and decidedly untough meat being devoured by a reporter. “That’s not your bubbe’s brisket,” he said, raising an eyebrow and smiling.Indeed. While the word “brisket” conjures images of Passover Seders and home-cookedRead More


9/11 Report Ups Heat On Saudis, Washington

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already embattled over its use of doubtful intelligence in building its case for the war against Iraq, is gearing up for renewed scrutiny over reports that it has hampered investigations of the September 11 attacks.A congressional report on the attacks is set to be released in the middle of next week,Read More


California Budget Woes Threaten Elderly

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s ongoing budget crisis has Jewish federations and their social service agencies bracing for deep cuts that may leave some of their most vulnerable clients in dire straits.Topping administrators’ fears are proposed cuts in their already deficient reimbursements from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid healthcareRead More


Specter Squeezed From Left, Right On Support for Bush’s Bench Picks

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter is getting the political squeeze from both the left and right over his support of President Bush’s anti-abortion judicial nominees. The jam has Democrats predicting that Specter will lose the Jewish vote and fail in his bid for a fifth term.The nation’s senior Jewish lawmaker and a senior member of the SenateRead More


Hollywood Celebrities Slow To Mobilize in Support of Israel

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — Judging from his work on several gruesome Quentin Tarantino films, Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender seems like an obvious candidate to brave the intifada and visit Israel. But Bender’s trip there last month marked the first time that the “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” producer had ever been to theRead More


Filmmaker Finds Inspiration in a Bar’s Motley Crew

By Lisa Keys

Slumping in his chair, debut film director Eitan Gorlin oozes California cool. His hair, almost blond, flops into a bowl cut; his corduroys, white but slightly dirty, are rolled above his ankles, and his lone accessory, an unadorned silver ring, sits oh-so-defiantly on his thumb.If Gorlin comes across as cool, however, his new film is almost tooRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Run of the Rumor Mill: Forget the so-called cabal of neoconservative “chicken hawks” whose oil interests supposedly drove the Iraq war redux. The real movers and shakers in occupied Baghdad, according to rumors spreading around the Saddam-less capital, are the Mossad and the Jewish Agency for Israel, under the overall leadership ofRead More


Organizations Divided Over Anti-Drug Campaign

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A Bush administration attempt to enlist churches, mosques and synagogues in the fight against teenage drug use is dividing Jewish organizations, but not along usual lines.The White House initiative has drawn support from B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and United Jewish Communities, the roof body ofRead More


Newsdesk July 18, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Lawmakers Back P.A. AidTwo staunchly pro-Israel Jewish members of the House of Representatives, Democrats Gary Ackerman of New York and Howard Berman of California, joined California Democrat Rep. Lois Capps in urging fellow House members to send President Bush a letter supporting his plan to send aid directly to the Palestinian Authority.In aRead More


Sharon Mum As Minister Slams ‘Map’ In N.Y. Talk

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Sharon has no plans to rebuke a senior minister in his Cabinet who publicly lambasted President Bush’s Middle East policy in a New York briefing this week and stated — incorrectly, it appears — that he had the support of a ranking presidential adviser.The minister, Effi Eitam of the National Religious Party,Read More





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