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Happy Hour With Freddie Roman, Master of the Well-Done Roast

By Danielle Stein

Happy hour was in full swing when Freddie Roman entered the room, late for a meeting with a reporter. Still, as he made his way down the bar, he stopped group by group to chat, leaving laughter in his wake. “Is it 4 o’clock already?” he asked. It was 4:30 p.m.The venerable Friars Club — famous for a membership of entertainers —Read More


Fenigstein Beats the Drum for the Israel Film Festival

By Oren Rawls

Israel is coming to a theater near you — courtesy of Meir Fenigstein.“Bali, Mali, it doesn’t matter where,” said the 52-year-old founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival. “I’ll take it to Mahu, [India].”So far, Fenigstein is making annual stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York, where the 19th annualRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

The ‘The’: It’s not often you read articles about articles — the parts of speech, that is.Leave it to Midstream, a monthly Jewish review, to wash away any pretense of innocence on the part of the word “the.”“There is a conceptual, cultural, and, finally moral issue that bears directly on antisemitism in the common linkingRead More


ADL, Bush Hail Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action

By Daniel Treiman

Outspoken foes of affirmative action were bitterly disappointed Monday, as a majority of the high court’s justices for the first time upheld the use of racial preferences to promote student body diversity.In a twist, however, two guarded critics of affirmative action — the Bush administration and the Anti-Defamation League — joinedRead More


Newsdesk June 27, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Pressure Mounts on HarvardCritics are stepping up their efforts to pressure Harvard Divinity School into returning a $2.5 million donation from the president of the United Arab Emirates.The Jewish chaplain and director of Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard College, Rabbi Charles Sheer, recently sent out an email encouraging people to signRead More


Russian Council Feud Heating Up After Kremlin Snub

By Lina Rozovskaya

MOSCOW — A three-year turf war for the soul of Russian Jews has heated up in recent days, as rival community councils — one espousing pluralism, the other dominated by Lubavitch chasidim — have taken their feud to new arenas including rabbinic recruitment and international diplomacy.The two groups, the Russian Jewish Congress and theRead More


Groups Unite Over Day-Care Reform

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Opposition to a Republican plan for reforming Head Start, America’s chief day-care program for poor children, is reuniting Jewish groups that have not worked together on domestic policy issues for some time.Many Jewish liberals are opposing the initiative because they are concerned that the proposed changes to HeadRead More


New Voting System Approved in Knesset

JERUSALEM — The Knesset is to invest around $760,000 to install a new electronic voting system, which will include a fingerprint recognition system for lawmakers. The figure was approved this week by the Knesset joint budget committee, which approved a budget increase of $670,000 to cover the cost of the state-of-the-art system.Knesset SpeakerRead More


Survey Finds Poverty Rate Among Jews Soars in N.Y.

By Daniel Treiman

The number of poor Jews in New York City has skyrocketed over the past decade, coinciding with significant shifts in the demographic makeup of the nation’s largest Jewish community, according to a major survey released Monday by UJA-Federation of New York.The survey, the 2002 Jewish Community Study of New York, found that the proportion ofRead More


Calls Mount for Int’l Troops in Territories

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration stepped up its pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a cease-fire this week, pressure was mounting on Capitol Hill for an international military force to patrol the troubled territories and separate the sides.The proposal, which Israel rejects and President Bush has not embraced, was endorsedRead More


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