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Fenigstein Beats the Drum for the Israel Film Festival

By Oren Rawls

Israel is coming to a theater near you — courtesy of Meir Fenigstein.“Bali, Mali, it doesn’t matter where,” said the 52-year-old founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival. “I’ll take it to Mahu, [India].”So far, Fenigstein is making annual stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York, where the 19th annualRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

The ‘The’: It’s not often you read articles about articles — the parts of speech, that is.Leave it to Midstream, a monthly Jewish review, to wash away any pretense of innocence on the part of the word “the.”“There is a conceptual, cultural, and, finally moral issue that bears directly on antisemitism in the common linkingRead More


Russian Council Feud Heating Up After Kremlin Snub

By Lina Rozovskaya

MOSCOW — A three-year turf war for the soul of Russian Jews has heated up in recent days, as rival community councils — one espousing pluralism, the other dominated by Lubavitch chasidim — have taken their feud to new arenas including rabbinic recruitment and international diplomacy.The two groups, the Russian Jewish Congress and theRead More


Army Chiefs Nervously Eye ‘Trap’ in Palestinian Cease-fire

By Chemi Shalev

ZJERUSALEM — Despite Israel’s reluctant agreement this week to respect an emerging cease-fire among Palestinian factions, at least temporarily, senior security officials here continue to describe the cease-fire as a “trap” that could help the terrorist organizations regroup and hamper Israel’s efforts to fight them.Israel agreed toRead More


Florida Rabbi To Fight Commission Vote

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A chasidic rabbi in this South Florida city says he is heading to federal court to fight a decision ordering his congregation to stop holding services at two adjacent houses in a residential neighborhood.After a contentious seven-hour meeting that lasted until 3:30 a.m., the city commission here voted 5 to 2 to deny the requestRead More


Dinner May Land Cantor in Pickle

By E.J. Kessler

In what experts say may be a violation of campaign finance laws, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, one of the top-ranking Republicans in the House, has failed to report a debt to a kosher restaurant.The restaurant, Stacks Deli, owned by a major Washington lobbyist, was the site of a $500-a-plate fundraiser organized for Cantor lastRead More


Philadelphia Council May Face Its Demise

By Nacha Cattan

A major restructuring in Philadelphia could doom one of American Jewry’s most storied public-policy groups.The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has decided to take control of the independent Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization that acts on behalf of a range of community agencies to foster relations with other religiousRead More


Groups Unite Over Day-Care Reform

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Opposition to a Republican plan for reforming Head Start, America’s chief day-care program for poor children, is reuniting Jewish groups that have not worked together on domestic policy issues for some time.Many Jewish liberals are opposing the initiative because they are concerned that the proposed changes to HeadRead More


New Voting System Approved in Knesset

JERUSALEM — The Knesset is to invest around $760,000 to install a new electronic voting system, which will include a fingerprint recognition system for lawmakers. The figure was approved this week by the Knesset joint budget committee, which approved a budget increase of $670,000 to cover the cost of the state-of-the-art system.Knesset SpeakerRead More


Survey Finds Poverty Rate Among Jews Soars in N.Y.

By Daniel Treiman

The number of poor Jews in New York City has skyrocketed over the past decade, coinciding with significant shifts in the demographic makeup of the nation’s largest Jewish community, according to a major survey released Monday by UJA-Federation of New York.The survey, the 2002 Jewish Community Study of New York, found that the proportion ofRead More





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