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Layoff of Veteran Leader in L.A. Sparks Talk of a Split in Federation

By Nacha Cattan

Los Angeles’s Jewish federation’s sudden move to lay off the top professional of its public-affairs division, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, has sparked outrage and talk of a committee secession from the federation.Citing budget woes, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles eliminated the executive director positionRead More


Key Statistics Reported in Jewish Population Study

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 found an overall American Jewish population of 5.2 million, which it contrasted with the 5.5 million population figure found in the last population survey in 1990. The new survey’s appendix cautioned, however, that several methodological decisions could have resulted in an undercount in the new…Read More


A Litvak-less Birthday Bash

Happy 750th birthday, Vilnius, many happy returns of the day, and thanks for letting everyone share it all with you. Thanks for that memorable summer fest, that near-infinite parade glutting your newly refurbished main drag, Gedimino Prospekt (with a nice McDonald’s, complete with walk-through window); thanks for those three-plus hoursRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

God and Candidate I: It was hard not to miss the military symbolism in Senator John Kerry’s formal announcement of his candidacy for the presidency in front of the USS Yorktown at Mount Pleasant, S.C., Tuesday: kind of like being hit over the head with an aircraft carrier. What struck us about the event, though, were not the militaryRead More


Courtside Knishes Come to U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament now has a kosher food cart. Hot dogs, pretzels and knishes are among the items available at the cart run by Jeffrey Striks of Strictly Kosher, who also operates kosher food carts at New York Yankees and Mets baseball games, and at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Every evening during the tournament, Striks isRead More


Bush Shows Chutzpah in Dealings With the U.N.

By Gus Tyler

The bombing of the United Nations’ headquarters in Iraq opens up a new chapter in the strained relationship between the United States and the U.N.It began with the charge of the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein was violating a provision under a U.N. agreement that forbade his (Hussein’s) building weapons of mass destruction. TheRead More


American Web Site Causes Stir Among Israeli Politicians

By Eric Marx

The most right-wing party in the Israeli government is vowing to sue a Philadelphia-based activist that they say is fraudulently claiming to be its North American representative.At issue is a Web site operated by Philadelphian Arno Weinstein, who identifies himself as the executive director and vice president of American Friends ofRead More


Russian Immigrants Combat Plan To Build Cell Tower

By Max Gross

ALBANY, N.Y. — They’re environmentalists, but not exactly the kind you’d see at a Greenpeace rally.The residents of the B’nai B’rith Parkview Apartments in Albany are elderly, and about half of them are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Stepping out into the front lobby of the apartment complex, one is as likely to hear Russian asRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

A Vast Anti-Arab Conspiracy: The same right-wing forces that tried to scuttle Bill Clinton’s presidency have found a new target: Arabs. Or so argues leading Arab-American activist James Zogby in the August 18 Gulf News.Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute, writes of an “organised multi-pronged effort targeting a variety ofRead More


Painting a Portrait of the Artist During the Third Reich

By Regina Weinreich

In May 2002, while some Jewish activists were inciting Hollywood regulars to boycott the Cannes Film Festival as a protest against a wave of antisemitism in France, screenwriter and playwright Ronald Harwood was attending the world’s most celebrated film festival for his movie’s premiere. “This is the perfect time for a film on theRead More


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