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Feith Seen as War-Plans Fall Guy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Douglas Feith, one of the leading hawks in the Pentagon, is coming under increasing criticism from within the administration, leading some to speculate about his future.Administration officials, particularly in the State Department, claim that Feith and his staff mishandled preparations for postwar IraqRead More


German Communal Leader Probed After Drug Bust

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Germany’s most prominent Jewish leader is under investigation after police found cocaine in his apartment and office last week. Reports on the scandal have since associated Michel Friedman — vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as well as a television talk show host — with prostitution and a crime ring, inRead More


New Mayor Puts a Different Face On Father Flanagan’s Boys Town

BOYS TOWN, Neb. — In a large Tudor-style house on a quiet, well-kept cul-de-sac, Daniel Ocanto, 17, proudly shows a visitor his bedroom. Shy yet articulate, he talks about his love of classic rock — hence the Pink Floyd posters and drum set — and his plans to attend Brandeis University next year.It seems like a typical suburbanRead More


Orthodox Rabbis Strut Their Stuff at Fashion Show Benefit

By Max Gross

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — In many ways it resembled the typical fashion show: The lights were blinding, the music was loud, the cameras were flashing. And Steve Moskowitz, the model sashaying down the runway in a charcoal-colored wool crewneck and crepe flat-front pants, looked the part, too.Yes, the rabbi was a hottie.A few hours after the SabbathRead More


Creator of Humanistic Judaism Set To Leave Pulpit

By Lisa Keys

When Rabbi Sherwin Wine steps down from his pulpit next week, he’ll thank his colleagues, his family and his friends. But he won’t be thanking God.Wine caused eyes to roll 40 years ago when he created Humanistic Judaism, a movement that celebrates Judaism as a culture rather than a religion, and places its faith in people rather than a supremeRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Clash of Jewish Civilizations: “It is undeniable that the State of Israel is in economic crisis and that the country’s bloated budget must be slashed,” Moshe Schapiro writes in the May issue of The Jewish Observer, a publication of Agudath Israel of America. “The charedi community accepts that reality. But when one sees where theRead More


Newsdesk June 20, 2003

Statement Sparks FightRomania’s recent declaration that there was no Holocaust on its territory during World War II has strained relations with Israel. Romania’s ambassador to Israel, Valeria Mariana Stoica, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem this week to stress that Israel takes a “grave view” of the Romanian government’sRead More


Policies Split Clergy, Secular Leaders

By Ami Eden

Tax cuts are not a Jewish issue.So says Stephen Hoffman, the president and CEO of United Jewish Communities, the central coordinating body of Jewish welfare federations across North America.“How Congress decides to assemble the revenue of the United States is not a Jewish issue,” Hoffman recently told the Forward. “The Jewish issue is whatRead More


N.Y. Reform, Conservative Numbers Down

By Daniel Treiman

Headline coverage of the new demographic study released this week by UJA-Federation of New York trumpeted its findings on poverty and migration, including the fact that the Jewish population within New York City had dropped below 1 million for the first time in a century, which The New York Times called a “city milestone.”Some of the study’sRead More


Upstart Rabbinical School Set To Fight for Pulpit Jobs

By Nacha Cattan

An upstart rabbinical school housed in the basement of a Manhattan synagogue is poised to fill more Orthodox pulpits a year than the Modern Orthodox flagship Yeshiva University.This is the projection put forth by the fledgling Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the brainchild of the charismatic Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Bronx.The college has justRead More


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