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Campaign Launched To Help Liberians

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish World Service, a nonprofit group providing support to developing countries, is hoping that the media spotlight on Liberia will help it launch a successful emergency campaign to assist the war- and poverty-stricken West African country.“As Jews, we have a duty to respond to those emergency situations,” RuthRead More


Rabbi AWOL At Court Date On Molest Rap

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A charismatic, American-born rabbi and educator accused of sexually molesting his yeshiva students over a 25-year period failed to appear at a rabbinical court hearing convened to consider the accusations last week.The no-show by the educator, Rabbi Matis Weinberg, prompted expressions of outrage from several of his allegedRead More


U.S. Presses Abu Mazen Over Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority was under intense pressure this week to clamp down forcefully on terrorists in order to save the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire from collapse following this week’s horrific bus bombing in Jerusalem.Israeli officials said that Washington had warned the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, also knownRead More


Groups Rebuking Feds’ Move On Asylum

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare, unified rebuke of the Bush administration, 15 prominent Jewish organizations have come together to decry what they say is the unlawful prosecution of legitimate asylum seekers.The groups are objecting to the federal government’s growing practice of prosecuting asylum seekers for using false documents to enter the United States. TheyRead More


Dean Losing Support on Left For His Stances on Its Issues

By E.J. Kessler

Howard Dean has rocketed to the front of the Democratic presidential pack with his angry, outsider style and his overt appeals to the anti-war left. But even as the former Vermont governor galvanizes the party’s left flank, many liberals are voicing concern over his stances on some of their most cherished issues.Many single-issue activists whoRead More


Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America

By Rachel Zuckerman, Forward Correspondent

Shortly after their community was awarded permanent residency status in Israel, a dance troupe hailing from the country’s controversial African Hebrew Israelite community completed its first “goodwill tour” of the United States at New York’s National Black Theatre in Harlem.Members of the Spirit of David Dance Theatre — whoRead More


Conductor Recreates Requiem of Musical Defiance

By Max Gross

Conductor Murry Sidlin was browsing through a table of used, tattered books when he discovered a slender book about the Terezin concentration camp that told an unusual musical story. According to the book, Terezin held a disproportionate number of artists and intellectuals. One inmate — Rafael Schachter of Prague — organized a chorusRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Godfather Knows Best: Pundits and journalists lately have had a field day with the word “neoconservative.” A quick Nexis search reveals that the word pops up in press accounts five times more often than it did just two years ago.Nevertheless, there seems to be little agreement about the term’s meaning or exactly who these neocons are andRead More


Activists Mourn U.N. Envoy Killed in Iraq

By Marc Perelman

Jewish activists mourned the violent death of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights and expressed hope that his successors will pursue his efforts to reach out to Jews and Israel.The high commissioner, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among at least 18 people killed in Tuesday’s bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, whereRead More


French Heat Wave Causes Deaths, Burial Delays

As France endures 100-degree temperatures, Parisian Jewish organizations have struggled to cope as unburied corpses have had to wait up to four days for burial.Reports suggest that as many as 3,000 people have died during France’s August heat wave. Hardest hit were the elderly and those with serious medical conditions. Death rates in ParisRead More


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