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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


Study Urges Investment in Arab Schools

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Education is the key to liberalizing and stabilizing Arab countries, according to a new study that recommends that the United States invest money to help develop high-quality, secular schools in the Middle East.The study, “The Youth Factor,” was published by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Washington’s BrookingsRead More


Overseas Travel Rebounding for Israelis

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Propelled by the optimism of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and a modest economic upturn, Israelis are traveling abroad this summer in numbers not seen since before the intifada, government and industry spokesmen say.The number of Israelis who left Israel during the first seven months of this year was up 8.5% over the same periodRead More


Jobs Wash Away in Trade War

By Gus Tyler

The common expression “He’s his own worst enemy” is usually applied to individuals. But it can also be applied to nations that pursue self-destructive policies.The current circumstance that serves as a perfect case is a “war” between the United States and China over their respective share of the American market. It is a war that China isRead More


Faith-Based Prison Program’s Success Questioned

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A recent study that was widely presented as documenting the success of an all-Christian rehabilitation program in a Texas state prison — and serving as proof that the Bush administration-backed programs should be expanded — actually shows that the program is a failure.The two-year study (2000-2002), published jointlyRead More


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