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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


Bush Plans To Introduce Christian Rehab Program In Federal Prison System

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the reported success of a Christian rehabilitation program in state prisons, the Bush administration is seeking ways to expand such programs to inmates in federal prisons.The head of the White House office for faith-based initiatives, Jim Towey, told reporters last week that President Bush had askedRead More


Protesters in Israel Demand Freedom for Pollard

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Protesters demanding freedom for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard staged a mass rally outside the hotel where leaders of American Jewish organizations were gathered this week for the quarterly meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel.A crowd, estimated by organizers at more than 3,000, assembled at the David’s Citadel Hotel to protestRead More


Mystery Shrouds Florida Doc Who Plotted Mosque Bombing

By Seamus Mcgraw

He had it all worked out on paper, meticulously planned down to the smallest detail.The Glock, his favorite semiautomatic pistol, would be in a shoulder holster beneath his Kevlar vest. He’d keep the .38 in an ankle rig, just in case. He even made a note to himself to wipe down the rounds before loading them into the clip. He didn’t wantRead More


Rift Marks Conference on Antisemitism

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting by Jta.

The first-ever international, governmental conference dedicated exclusively to antisemitism ended in Vienna this week, amid a German-Austrian squabble over accusations that Vienna was a less than gracious host.The two-day meeting brought together nearly 400 delegates from the 55 member-states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation inRead More


Falun Gong Suit Divides Capital

By Benjamin Soskis

Last October, while then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin was visiting the United States, he received an unwelcome surprise. Practitioners of the spiritual movement known as Falun Gong, which was outlawed by the Chinese government in 1999, served his security detail with notice of a lawsuit filed against him in a Chicago federal court.TheRead More


Rabbis Urging Action on Ethiopian Jewry

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Thousands of impoverished Ethiopians fighting for the right to enter Israel have received new support from top rabbis across the religious spectrum.In separate letters to Israeli officials, the head of Reform Judaism in America, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, and Israel’s newly elected Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, urged actionRead More


Israel Promises ‘Harsh Reaction’ If a Palestinian Cease-Fire Fails

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel is threatening a “harsh reaction” — including the “elimination” of the current Hamas leadership in Gaza and the possible expulsion of Yasser Arafat from Ramallah — if and when the emerging Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire falls apart.Senior defense officials told the Forward this week that despite widely reportedRead More


Views of Cease-Fire Differ Dramatically

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite intense efforts by the Bush administration to broker a temporary cease-fire agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the extremist Hamas organization, officials on all sides are making it plain that Palestinian visions of the cease-fire differ drastically — and perhaps dangerously —Read More


AJC Honored Indian Official Charged in Riot

By Ami Eden

Just days after being formally charged with inciting an anti-Muslim mob, the deputy prime minister of India was feted this month at a dinner organized by the American Jewish community’s oldest civil rights organization.On May 31, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation charged eight people, including Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, withRead More


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