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Immigrant Policy Eyed as German Community Swells

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Barely two generations after the Holocaust, Germany may be edging Israel aside as the world’s most sought-after refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.That, at least, is the impression created by figures released this month showing that Germany had outpaced Israel last year for the first time ever as the main destination ofRead More


A Boom, if not a Renaissance, In Modern-Day Germany

By Josef Joffe

Michel Friedman may not be a household name in the shuls and temples of America. But this talk-show host extraordinaire, who until this month doubled as vice president of the Council of Jews in Germany and head of the European Jewish Congress, has lately been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic — and not as a source of boundless prideRead More


Pro-Israel Groups Focus on Christians Under P.A. Rule

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — With the Palestinian Authority retaking control of Bethlehem earlier this month, several pro-Israel organizations are hoping to focus greater attention on the plight of Christians living in the territories.Several groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress and National Christian Leadership Conference forRead More


U.S.-Israel Showdown Seen on Security Fence As Sharon Meets Bush

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Officials here are concerned that growing American-Israeli disagreements over the so-called “separation fence” between Israel and the West Bank may mar next week’s planned meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Sharon and President Bush.Sharon is coming to the United States on the heels of the first-ever visitRead More


Recruitment Plan Divides Canadian Religious Leaders

By Ethan Porter

When Jews for Jesus announced plans recently to recruit members in Canada, it caused a firestorm of controversy that revealed a rift between the Jewish and Christian communities.The group made a public announcement that it would recruit this summer in Toronto; in contrast to previous efforts, Jews for Jesus announced that they intendedRead More


Democratic Council Moves On Web Site’s Mideast Bulletin

By E.J. Kessler

A Jewish Democratic group is seeking to remove what it considers “unbalanced” material from the Web site of a group it is calling “an important and influential progressive organization.”The National Jewish Democratic Council is asking its members to contact MoveOn.org, a grassroots left-liberal organization that uses the InternetRead More


Jewish, Muslim Groups Find Common Ground in Toronto

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In an effort to improve relations between Muslims and Jews, Canada’s Pakistani community has created a journalism scholarship in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Jewish reporter for The Wall Street Journal who was murdered by Muslim extremists in Pakistan last year.It is the latest in a series of moves by Muslim and Jewish groups intendedRead More


Fabled Mill Owner Works To Manufacture a Miracle

By Jeffrey Klineman

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Fortune almost smiled last month on Malden Mills, a textile company that’s all too familiar with misfortune. A group of longtime accountants and administrators working for the clothing manufacturer had purchased a lottery ticket, hoping to win the $180 million jackpot, buy their bankrupt company backRead More


Education Funds Approved

The main processing agency for Holocaust-era reparations payments voted this week to continue its policy of allocating some restitution money toward Holocaust education, turning down calls to divert all the funds toward needy survivors.The 57-member board of directors of the Conference on Jewish MaterialRead More


‘Sites of Conscience’ Get Boost From Libeskind, Parley

By Ami Eden

A little-known coalition of museums is poised to get a big boost this week, with an unprecedented international conference and an unexpected appearance by star architect Daniel Libeskind.Since its founding four years ago, the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience has received little attention. This week, however, theRead More


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