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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


Calls Mount for Int’l Troops in Territories

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration stepped up its pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a cease-fire this week, pressure was mounting on Capitol Hill for an international military force to patrol the troubled territories and separate the sides.The proposal, which Israel rejects and President Bush has not embraced, was endorsedRead More


Black-Jewish Tensions Mar Mayoral Campaign

By E.J. Kessler

A dispute over racially divisive remarks allegedly made by a city employee is threatening to raise black-Jewish tensions around the Philadelphia mayoral race.Last week, the City of Brotherly Love’s Democratic mayor, John Street, reprimanded an African-American city official who allegedly complained last month in a city commerceRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Three Smart Jews: “What if three smart German Jews in the nineteenth century had taken different paths?”So begins “Secrets of Genius,” an 88-page exploration by U.S. News & World Report of “three minds that shaped the twentieth century”: Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx.The “Special Collector’s Edition,” put outRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Senator John Edwards launched into an attack on big pharmaceutical companies last Thursday at the “Take Back America” conference in Washington, D.C.Getting on his populist mojo, Edwards told the left-leaning crowd that packed a ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, “The Democratic Party has to stand up to the bigRead More


Memoir Recalls Bad Hugs: Hers and His

An astute observer of American culture once questioned why anyone would ever buy the autobiography of a celebrity, since the few lines actually worth reading always end up in the newspapers.In other words, why drop $28 for a copy of “Living History,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new autobiography, when we already have been reading for days aboutRead More





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