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Out of Africa: Zimbabwean Jewry Faces Extinction

By David Saks

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Political turmoil in neighboring Zimbabwe is threatening southern Africa’s second-largest Jewish community with extinction.Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of sub-Saharan Africa, has rapidly become a basket case in recent years, as the regime of President Robert Mugabe has resorted to ever more extreme measuresRead More


Perverting the Will Of the Electorate

By Gus Tyler

The 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Georgia v. Ashcroft may very well turn out to be a turning point in the history of the American democracy. It all has to do with the way in which the gerrymander has perverted the will of the electorate and what can be done to make electoral resultsRead More


Comedy Giants Gather To Mourn One of Hollywood’s Great Clowns

By Hank Rosenfeld

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor includes 14 pages of jokes on death, so when Buddy Hackett passed away in Malibu at age 79 last week, the chapel at Hillside Memorial in Culver City was packed with every comedy icon that hadn’t booked a Fourth of July gig out of town.Sid Caesar sat up front with Jan Murray. Don Rickles was there.Read More


Creating Common Cultural Identity in a Diverse Israel

By Daniel Treiman

Benjamin Ish-Shalom and Elazar Stern are the quintessential odd couple.Professor Ish-Shalom, dressed formally in a suit and tie with wire-rim glasses, sideburns and slightly disheveled hair, looks every bit the academic. The founder and rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center for Jewish Studies and Leadership, Ish-ShalomRead More


Worries About Gibson Film Escalate

A forthcoming Mel Gibson movie about Jesus’ last hours of life is the focus of escalating concern among Jewish groups, which are stepping up their statements expressing worries that the project could revive dangerous notions of Jewish responsibility for Jesus’ death.Citing a report on a draft of the film’s script by an embattled group ofRead More


Suit Filed on Immigrants’ Behalf

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – A class-action lawsuit has been filed with the Israeli high court in an effort to force the government to follow through on a February decision to speed up the immigration process for more than 18,000 languishing Ethiopians hoping to immigrate to Israel.Under the plan, which was approved by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’sRead More


Newsdesk July 4, 2003

Group Set to Fight Tax CutsPresident Bush’s tax cuts and budget policy appear to be driving a wedge between the Jewish community’s public policy arm and the national federated system it is meant to represent.The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a policy-coordinating body for 13 nationalRead More


Funding Low for Ethiopian Absorption Program

By Nacha Cattan

Experts working to integrate new immigrants into Israeli society are saying the funding for a new project to help absorb recent arrivals from Ethiopia is grossly inadequate.Ethiopian activists and absorption experts in Israel are thankful nonetheless for the launching of the long-delayed Ethiopian National Project, a partnership between Israel andRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Penn Plotting: Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman stopped in Philadelphia on June 16 to headline a fundraiser for Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz in what some observers are viewing as part of a Republican strategy to put the Keystone State — which went for Al Gore in 2000 — in the GOP column in 2004.Noting that PresidentRead More


Soros Pulls the Plug on Russia’s Open Society Institute

By Vance Serchuk

George Soros has made a life out of staying at least one step ahead of everyone else. The practice kept him alive when he was growing up as a Jew in Hungary during the Holocaust. As an international financier and currency speculator, it made him a billionaire. Even in his philanthropic pursuits, Soros has been a harbinger of sorts, embracingRead More


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