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Right To Fight Bush Palestinian Aid Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Right-wing groups are gearing up to fight a Bush administration plan to increase American aid to the Palestinians and channel it directly to the Palestinian Authority.The Zionist Organization of America and several Christian evangelical groups are planning to “try to convince Congress not to finance the evolutionRead More


‘Who’s a Jew’ Battle Flares In Jerusalem

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The stage was set this week for a showdown between the Sharon government, the Chief Rabbinate and the Reform and Conservative movements as the long-simmering debate over “who is a Jew” threatened to boil over once again, five years after it was thought to have been laid to rest.Interior Minister Avraham Poraz,Read More


Bush Promotes Whitewater Deputies

By Ami Eden

Despite President Bush’s campaign pledge to heal the country’s divisions over Clinton-era controversies, the administration has been doling out top legal posts to former deputies of Kenneth Starr and other conservative lawyers who helped fuel the Clinton impeachment effort.The president is reportedly set to offer a seat on the nation’sRead More


As Israel Pulls Out Its Troops, Optimists Hold Their Breath

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Hardened by the recent experience of broken promises and broken dreams, Israelis are watching the emerging cease-fire announced this week with a mixture of skepticism and hope, praying that it turns out to be more than just a temporary lull, as most suspect, in the three-year-old Palestinian intifada.Israeli decision makers areRead More


Joe Pulls in Cash, But Howard Dean Hits the Jackpot

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is hanging on to his presidential candidacy by the threads of his tzitzit after posting a second-quarter contributions filing that appears to have put him further back in the pack of Democratic contenders.Lieberman brought in “about $5 million and still counting” in the quarter that closedRead More


Bush Sidesteps Liberal Leaders

WASHINGTON — When President Bush sat down to dinner with about 120 Jews at the White House recently, many familiar faces in the organized American Jewish community ate at home.Instead of Jewish organizational leaders, the guest list for the dinner, which marked the opening of an Anne Frank exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

So what did they eat at what was reportedly the first all-kosher White House dinner? Caterer David Dahan told the Forward that the food at the June 11 event — held in honor of the opening of the exhibit “Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — was “simple… elegant and totallyRead More


Ruling May Threaten Restitution Efforts

By Nacha Cattan

A Supreme Court ruling striking down a California law to aid Holocaust survivors seeking compensation appears to have very broad implications that critics say could undo restitution efforts in all states of the union.The Supreme Court this week reversed a California statute that was meant to pressure insurance companies to turn over lists of theirRead More


Happy Hour With Freddie Roman, Master of the Well-Done Roast ‘Boy Meets Goy’ Vexes ‘Sex’ As Show Enters Final Season

By Lisa Keys, Danielle Stein

She’s the beautiful, mild-mannered über-WASP on HBO’s smash series “Sex and the City.” He’s her lawyer — short, round and Jewish — who is hairy everywhere but atop his head.Despite the odds, Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis) and Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) fall in love. But in a classic case of boy meets goy, last weekRead More


Canadian Rabbis Split on Gay Weddings

By Sheldon Gordon, Forward Correspondent

TORONTO — With Canada poised to recognize gay marriage, liberal Canadian rabbis are divided over whether to perform religious wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced last week that the federal government would draft a legislative amendment giving same-sex couples equal access to marriage underRead More


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