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Charity Chiefs Decrying Lack of Coordinated Opposition to Tax Cuts

By Nacha Cattan

With social service agencies nationwide squeezed between rising need, stagnant budgets and shrinking state aid, growing numbers of local Jewish charity officials are grumbling over the failure of their national leaders to oppose the administration’s tax cut policies.Volunteer and professional leaders at Jewish welfare federationsRead More


Bush To Push Direct P.A. Aid

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is set to push for an end to the ban on direct American funding of the Palestinian Authority, according to congressional sources.The White House intends to ask Congress to allow transferring of American financial aid directly to the Palestinian Authority, rather than the current practice of funneling funds toRead More


Bumpy Road to Success: From Strip Joints to Academia

By Alana Newhouse

There are coming-of-age books about Jewish identity, lesbianism, daughters’ relationships with their mothers, the Holocaust, being born out of wedlock, and the dark world of burlesque dancing. But Lillian Faderman’s autobiography, “Naked in the Promised Land” (Houghton Mifflin), just may be the first to cover all these bases in oneRead More


Meir Wilner, Israeli Communist Head, Dies at 85

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Meir Wilner, the last surviving signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and longtime leader of the Israel Communist Party, died last week at 85.A member of the Knesset from 1949 until he retired in 1990, Wilner was an unrepentant communist to the end. He said in a 1998 interview, on the 50th anniversary of Israel’sRead More


Bombing Suspect Tied to Antisemitic Sect

Eric Rudolph, the American white supremacist arrested last weekend for four bombings, including an attack at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was apparently motivated by an antisemitic ideology known as Christian Identity.Rudolph, 36, also wrote a paper espousing Holocaust denial while in high school.Although it is unknown whether Rudolph considersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

A prominent Florida Democrat is challenging remarks made by Republican Rep. Mark Foley, who has been blaming Democrats for spreading rumors that he is gay.“It’s my understanding that a lot of the rumors about Rep. Foley were not generated by Democrats, but by the extreme right faction of the Republican Party in Florida,” said the chairman ofRead More


Cafe Talk: Aharon Appelfeld on Finding Peace Amid the Violence

By F.M. Black

JERUSALEM — Undeterred by the almost nonstop suicide bombings in Israel, Aharon Appelfeld, the acclaimed novelist, refuses to abandon a long-held, central part of his daily life as a writer: the cafe. “Why should I be afraid? All these years I’ve sat in cafes and worked — that’s my love,” Appelfeld told the Forward in late May.Read More


Investigation Into Ethics Violations Considered

JERUSALEM — Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein is considering calling for a police investigation of Likud Knesset members suspected of double-voting for the economic austerity plan passed by the Knesset last week.Rubinstein discussed the issue on Tuesday with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, who has filed a complaint with the Knesset ethicsRead More


Lieberman: Jews Should Overcome Anxieties

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman has some advice for the nervous folks in the Jewish community who say the country is not ready for his presidential candidacy.“I urge those in the Jewish community who are anxious about it to have faith in America. I do,” Lieberman told the Forward in a telephone interview.A number of recent reportsRead More


Israeli Rabbi Indicted for Inciting Racism

JERUSALEM — Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein decided this week to indict Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburgh, a controversial West Bank settler activist and a leader in the Lubavitch chasidic community, for incitement to racism.Rubinstein’s decision followed a police investigation launched in response to a formal complaint by Jerusalem attorney DavidRead More


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