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The Do-It-Yourself Ethos of ‘I Do’

By Lisa Keys

Michael Endelman’s parents couldn’t quite recall their wedding canopy; a cursory look at wedding photos illuminated a beige cloth adorned with “some kind of greenery” and daisies. Like most standard-issue chupahs, it was pretty — and unremarkable.But when Endelman, 27, marries later this month in Marin County, Calif., he’ll standRead More


Abbas, Jewish Leaders Talk About Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and about 50 Jewish community leaders in Washington last week left most of the activists convinced of Abbas’s commitment to peace. The meeting also underscored the growing support for President Bush’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative among theRead More


Immigrant Policy Eyed as German Community Swells

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Barely two generations after the Holocaust, Germany may be edging Israel aside as the world’s most sought-after refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.That, at least, is the impression created by figures released this month showing that Germany had outpaced Israel last year for the first time ever as the main destination ofRead More


Newsdesk July 25, 2003

Feinstein Backs VouchersSenator Dianne Feinstein of California has come out in favor of experimental school-voucher program being pushed by fellow Democrat, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams.In an opinion article in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Feinstein wrote that although she has never before supported a voucher program and still deeply believesRead More


Lobbyists Quiet Before White House Visits

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — On the eve of back-to-back White House visits by the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, and with pressure mounting for Israeli gestures to strengthen the Palestinian leader, Washington lobbyists for Israel were keeping an uncharacteristically low profile this week.With a handful of exceptions on the right and left, lobbyistsRead More


ZOA Blasts State Dept. Advisers as Anti-Israel

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Zionist Organization of America is blasting the State Department for naming what it called “hostile critics of Israel” to the new Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.The panel was assembled at the request of Congress to study the efficacy of the State Department’s public outreach to the Arab andRead More


Fear of Informants Leaves Arab Americans Reluctant To Speak Out

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Covering the Arab-American community here in the Windy City is not easy. People hide from reporters. They don’t want their names to appear in print. They seem irrationally mistrustful and refuse to speak on the record for any number of reasons: one “because I have a sister in Ramallah,” another because he didn’t want toRead More


Bush Losing Arab Voters

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A new poll is showing a dramatic drop in Arab-American support for President Bush. The poll, conducted by Zogby International, found that if presidential elections were held today, Bush would win only one-third of the overall Arab vote and a mere 10% of the vote among Arab Muslims.Pollster John Zogby, who conducted the survey,Read More


A Boom, if not a Renaissance, In Modern-Day Germany

By Josef Joffe

Michel Friedman may not be a household name in the shuls and temples of America. But this talk-show host extraordinaire, who until this month doubled as vice president of the Council of Jews in Germany and head of the European Jewish Congress, has lately been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic — and not as a source of boundless prideRead More


Pro-Israel Groups Focus on Christians Under P.A. Rule

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — With the Palestinian Authority retaking control of Bethlehem earlier this month, several pro-Israel organizations are hoping to focus greater attention on the plight of Christians living in the territories.Several groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress and National Christian Leadership Conference forRead More


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