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Disagreements on Iraq, Pius XII Aired in Paris

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Senior Vatican and French Jewish communal officials attended the second “European Encounters Between Catholics and Jews” last week in Paris, a two-day event that climaxed on the evening of March 11 with a reception for more than 1,000 people in the honor ballroom of City Hall. Organized by the European Jewish Congress and theRead More


Disclosure of Unclaimed Properties Urged

By Nacha Cattan

As a young girl, Anita Hoffer spent hours on her grandparents’ laps listening to tales of their cosmopolitan lives in pre-war Berlin. They were thankful to escape Germany before the Holocaust. But as chicken farmers in Vineland, N.J., during the 1950s, Hoffer’s grandparents couldn’t help but pine for the furniture dealership theyRead More


Mideast Tensions Rile Toronto Campus

By Sheldon Gordon

York University, a suburban Toronto campus with Canada’s largest concentration of Jewish students, is reeling from the “Concordia virus” — the spread of tensions between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students that previously infected Montreal’s Concordia University.Last week, Toronto police briefly arrested, but did not charge, a JewishRead More


Newsdesk March 21, 2003

Doctor Killer ConvictedAnti-abortion extremist James Kopp was found guilty Tuesday for the 1998 sniper shooting of a doctor who provided abortions. Kopp faces 15 years to life for shooting Dr. Barnett Slepian. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 9.Slepian was killed on a Friday night by a single bullet from a high-powered rifle throughRead More


Vice President Resorts to Brass Knuckle Tactics

By Gus Tyler

Many moons ago, Vice President Dick Cheney held a meeting with his Energy Task Force to consider national policy in this vital area. Consumer and environmental groups complained that they had something to contribute to the discussion but had not been invited. The scuttlebutt was that energy corporations, like Enron, were present at theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Gleanings From the Media Continental Divide: It’s not just London Bridge that seems to be falling down these days in Europe, judging by articles in several European newspapers translated and reprinted in the April issue of World Press Review.“Europe is cracking,” Leopold Unger writes in the February 11 issue of the liberalRead More


Academy Awards Often Shine For Holocaust-Themed Films

By Lisa Keys

This Sunday, documentary film directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender will don their tuxedos, smile for the paparazzi and sit anxiously in the Kodak Theatre, waiting to see if their names will follow the words, “And the Oscar goes to…”In the 2002 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature category, Clarke and Sender face tough competition.Read More


A Brooklyn Boy Whose Childhood Dreams Stop Here

By Lisa Keys

It’s a typical morning at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn. Politicians are meeting and greeting, children are dancing jigs and an impressive amount of Irish coffee is being consumed at 9 a.m. The borough’s stentorious president, Marty Markowitz, a smiling, roly-poly man, is wearing a tall striped hat that seems plucked from the pagesRead More


Wooden Synagogue Project Abandoned

By June Bell

BERKELEY, Calif. — A Modern Orthodox congregation that hoped to build a replica of the wooden synagogue of Przedborz, Poland, has reluctantly abandoned its dream after failing to garner national financial support for the project.Instead of re-creating the famous 17th-century structure destroyed by the Nazis, Congregation Beth Israel will spendRead More


Presidents Conference Taps Tisch As Next Leader

America’s central Jewish representative body is naming a billionaire philanthropist and tobacco mogul as its new chairman.James Tisch, president of Loews Corp. and chairman of United Jewish Communities, was selected by a nominating committee last Friday to become chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. IfRead More





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