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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


U.S.-Israel Showdown Seen on Security Fence As Sharon Meets Bush

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Officials here are concerned that growing American-Israeli disagreements over the so-called “separation fence” between Israel and the West Bank may mar next week’s planned meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Sharon and President Bush.Sharon is coming to the United States on the heels of the first-ever visitRead More


Recruitment Plan Divides Canadian Religious Leaders

By Ethan Porter

When Jews for Jesus announced plans recently to recruit members in Canada, it caused a firestorm of controversy that revealed a rift between the Jewish and Christian communities.The group made a public announcement that it would recruit this summer in Toronto; in contrast to previous efforts, Jews for Jesus announced that they intendedRead More


Democratic Council Moves On Web Site’s Mideast Bulletin

By E.J. Kessler

A Jewish Democratic group is seeking to remove what it considers “unbalanced” material from the Web site of a group it is calling “an important and influential progressive organization.”The National Jewish Democratic Council is asking its members to contact MoveOn.org, a grassroots left-liberal organization that uses the InternetRead More


Jewish, Muslim Groups Find Common Ground in Toronto

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In an effort to improve relations between Muslims and Jews, Canada’s Pakistani community has created a journalism scholarship in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Jewish reporter for The Wall Street Journal who was murdered by Muslim extremists in Pakistan last year.It is the latest in a series of moves by Muslim and Jewish groups intendedRead More


Fabled Mill Owner Works To Manufacture a Miracle

By Jeffrey Klineman

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Fortune almost smiled last month on Malden Mills, a textile company that’s all too familiar with misfortune. A group of longtime accountants and administrators working for the clothing manufacturer had purchased a lottery ticket, hoping to win the $180 million jackpot, buy their bankrupt company backRead More


Education Funds Approved

The main processing agency for Holocaust-era reparations payments voted this week to continue its policy of allocating some restitution money toward Holocaust education, turning down calls to divert all the funds toward needy survivors.The 57-member board of directors of the Conference on Jewish MaterialRead 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


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