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Debates on Gays Link Anglicans, Conservative Jews

By Ami Eden

Debates over homosexuality have produced national headlines throughout the summer, with much of the attention focused on the Episcopal Church and its groundbreaking decision to appoint an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson.Yet an equally impassioned debate is raging within Conservative Jewish circles, as its top law-making body, the CommitteeRead 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


Ethiopians Face Threat of Malaria Epidemic

By Nacha Cattan

With an outbreak of malaria sweeping through Ethiopia, American lawmakers are criticizing Israel for failing to open its doors to 18,000 would-be immigrants from the African nation.Several members of Congress raised the issue during recent meetings with Israeli officials in an attempt to win support for the impoverished Ethiopians, known as FalashRead More


Newsdesk August 22, 2003

Complex’s Murals To StayHistoric preservationists scored a victory last week when shareholders of the Seward Park housing complex voted 376 to 202 to maintain the murals that grace the buildings’ lobbies. The murals, painted in 1959 by well-known artist Hugo Gellert, were at risk of being covered up in a redesign of the lobbies. The buildingRead More


Christians Split Over Bush, Peace Process

By Ami Eden

A split is emerging among influential pro-Israel Evangelical Christians over the American-backed plan for Middle East peace, sparking debate over whether the issue could cut into President Bush’s support in 2004.On one side of the divide are Christian activists, including former Reagan administration official Gary Bauer, who accuse the WhiteRead More


Labor’s First Loss in Haifa Produces New Battle Plan

By Elli Wohlgelernter

HAIFA — To most observers, Israel’s municipal elections last June were memorable mainly because Jerusalem elected its first-ever ultra-Orthodox mayor. But to political insiders, the real revolution may have been here in the port city of Haifa, where the Labor Party lost control of City Hall for the first time.The new mayor, Yona Yahav,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Catch: The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is tapping a top staffer of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to head its operation in New York state. Basil Smikle, Clinton’s deputy state director, will be joining the Lieberman campaign in September, spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed. The appointmentRead More


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