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Tourists Outnumber Residents In Storied Indian Community

By Jana Winter

“I feel like an endangered species, like a rhinoceros in a zoo,” Joseph Hallegua said with the faint helplessness of an old patriarchal figure slowly losing control over his domain.The 70-something Hallegua is one of the last Cochin Jews, trying to come to terms with the grim future of his community. On the island of Cochin in the southernRead More


Movie Mogul Makes Debut as a Macher

By Nathaniel Popper

In the brouhaha over the Anti-Defamation League’s decision to honor Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at a dinner last week, hardly anyone commented on the surprisingly prominent presence of film mogul Harvey Weinstein on the dais.While Weinstein, the co-chairman of Miramax Films, is a famously large personality — a stapleRead 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


Vatican Distances Itself From Praise Of Gibson’s Movie

By Marc Perelman

The Vatican is distancing itself from the comments of two Catholic officials who recently praised the controversial Mel Gibson movie “The Passion.”In a letter sent to the Anti-Defamation League, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the top Vatican liaison to the Jewish community, said that any endorsements of the film from topRead More


Peres Birthday Bash a Blast From the Oslo Past

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Celebrating his 80th birthday this week, Shimon Peres enjoyed what was in many ways his finest hour. His two-day birthday party was, by Israeli standards, a feast fit for a caesar. Never before in the history of the country — and probably never again — had so many foreign leaders and dignitaries traveled so far just to singRead More


AJCongress Opens Talks With Group Of Islamists

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish Congress has opened an initial discussion with a Muslim group associated with the main Islamist party in Pakistan and is considering deeper contacts.The dialogue, involving the Jewish group and the Islamic Circle of North America, has been approved by Jewish, Israeli and American officials, according to AJCongressRead More


Wesley Clark Jumps in With Kosher-Style Kickoff

By E.J. Kessler

It was only in his 20s that Wesley Clark, the retired general and Iraq war critic, discovered his Jewish ancestry. But the newest entry in the Democratic presidential race has wasted no time in bringing his fledgling campaign to Jewish precincts — and by this week he seemed poised to inherit some Jewish voters uncomfortableRead More


Baltimore Shul Tests Conservatives’ Policy on Gay Vows

By Nacha Cattan

The board of directors of Baltimore’s largest Conservative synagogue has voted to allow its rabbis to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies in the sanctuary.Last month two women became the first couple to take advantage of the new policy at Beth El Congregation on Park Heights Avenue, a 1,750-family synagogue located in an area of theRead More


After a Child’s Death, Discovering Signs and Wonders

By Nathaniel Popper

Two years and an ocean removed from the brutal murder of her 13-year-old son, Sherri Mandell still has problems confronting the question “How are you doing?” with much more than downcast eyes and a sigh.“The grief stays with you. It’s not something that goes away,” she said before beginning lunch with the Forward last week, whileRead More


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