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Task Force Faults Bush Budget Cuts For Rising Poverty

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A national task force on poverty, set up in June by a coalition of major Jewish groups, is calling for community action to “raise public awareness” of how federal budget cuts are affecting health and social service programs “and the people they serve” — but stops short of proposing a plan to lobby against theRead More


Co-op Murals Face Plastering

By Saul Austerlitz

Faded and unkempt, the Hugo Gellert murals in the Seward Park Houses on the Lower East Side of Manhattan are once again at the heart of a budding controversy. This week the co-op’s shareholders are voting — ballots were due Friday — on whether they will be plastered over as part of a modernization of the buildings’ lobbies.Read More


Cheerleader Changed from Raiderette to Rebbetzin

By Max Gross

It is not uncommon to see a gaggle of NFL cheerleaders — covered up, of course, in unusually modest turtleneck sweaters and long skirts — lunching at one of the many kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.These former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleaders — Raiderettes, as they are called — are there to see one of their own: Elianah RochelRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

With a Peel: Skip the sugar. Skip the ice. The opinions posted on Bitterlemons.org may be hard to swallow, but like its namesake fruit, the self-described “Palestinian-Israeli Crossfire” yields a healthy squeeze of unfiltered, juicy commentary.The Web site — published in Hebrew, English and Arabic — is produced and editedRead More


Bush Eases Pressure on Both Sides Over Peace Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Seeking to prevent the unraveling of its so-called “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Bush administration is scaling back its demands on each side in hopes of making it easier for each of them to comply. The apparent aim is to ease domestic political pressures on the leaders, as well as to defuse charges from each sideRead More


Newsdesk August 8, 2003

Nominee Could Split DemsDemocrats are weighing an effort to block the nomination of Henry Saad, an Arab-American judge from Michigan whom Bush has tapped for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which handles federal appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.Although he is a conservative Republican, Saad’sRead More


Searches for Missing American Teens Intensify

JERUSALEM — Police in the north were intensifying their searches this week for two teenagers, both American Jews, who have been missing since last week.One of the missing teens, Eliezer Zussiya Klughoft, 19, is the grandson of a chasidic leader in Brooklyn, the Skoliner rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael Avraham Portugal. A yeshiva student, he wasRead More


ADL Rebukes Knesset Law

By Ami Eden

In a rare rebuke of Israel, the Anti-Defamation League is criticizing the Knesset for passing a bill that denies residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens.The decision to speak out, albeit gently, puts the ADL in the unusual position of joining the European Union and international human rights organizationsRead More


Single Mothers’ Protest Losing Support

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When single mother Vicky Knafo set out on foot from her home in the Negev July 1, she was alone. When she finished her 125-mile protest march — intended to bring attention to proposed economic measures that would hurt single mothers — in Jerusalem one week later, she had attracted a throng of supporters. As the protest enters itsRead More


Lieberman Comes Out Swinging at President, Liberal Democrats

By E.J Kessler

In his strongest criticism of President Bush’s Israel policies to date during the campaign, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is blasting Bush for threatening Israel over its security fence.In an e-mail message sent Tuesday night to Jewish supporters, Lieberman wrote that he was “stunned” to learn of Bush’s threats to withdrawRead More


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