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By E.J. Kessler, Forward Staff

Florida Senator Bob Graham, one of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, may not be gaining as many contributors as he needs to win the party nod, if one Florida source is correct. “He’s picked up a lot of people, but nothing near what he should have picked up,” said a South Florida Democratic county chairman, who spoke on conditionRead More


Congregation in Flap Over Activist

By Daniel Treiman

A New York synagogue known for its throngs of young congregants and liberal politics is scrambling to distance itself from an event it had been scheduled to host next month, honoring pro-Palestinian activist Adam Shapiro, following the appearance of a critical article in a right-leaning newspaper.Congregation B’nai Jeshurun posted a statement onRead More


Young Israel’s Eviction Plans Draw Criticism

By Nacha Cattan

A national organization charged with aiding Orthodox synagogues plans to sell its building and evict two congregations in the process.In a statement, leaders of one of the congregations accused the National Council of Young Israel of driving the synagogue “out of existence” by deciding to sell its main office building to a realRead More


U.S. Favors Small Team To Monitor Road Map Progress

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration is finalizing plans to send a team of monitors to verify the implementation by Israel and the Palestinians of the “road map” peace plan. The size and composition of that team, though, is a source of disagreement.While the administration appears ready to settle on a small CIA team, as Israel would prefer, the otherRead More


In Post-Saddam Middle East, Now Is the Time for a Separated Peace

By Alon Pinkas

While it is still too early for an accurate assessment of how America’s toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq will change the Middle East, one thing is certain: The strategic landscape in the region has changed significantly, and is inexorably on course to further change.From Israel’s regional perspective, Iraq has been eliminated as aRead More


Chief Rabbi Pick Opposed on Corruption, Abuse Charges

By Forward Staff and Ha’aretz

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court has been asked to block the installation of the nation’s newly elected Ashkenazic chief rabbi, because of allegations that include incompetence, extorting money from marrying couples, forging signatures on marriage contracts and sexual abuse of women and boys.The rabbi, Yona Metzger, currently a neighborhoodRead More


Legal Twist: Crown Heights Killer Asking To Get Away With Murder

By E.J. Kessler

It was a legal tactic breathtaking in its chutzpah. Some compared it to the old joke about the fellow who murders his parents, then asks for the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. But few doubted it might work.Through 12 years and two trials, Lemrick Nelson, the black youth arrested, tried and acquitted in the knife slaying of aRead More


Jews’ Role Murky As Rebel Banner Drops in Georgia

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Thanks to a last-second compromise reached by lawmakers last week, the state flag of Georgia is about to drop the notorious Confederate battle emblem for the first time in nearly 50 years..The deal — widely seen as a rebuke of Republican Governor Sonny Perdue — came quickly, catching most observers by surprise. But for TyroneRead More


Prolific Writer Awarded for Letters to the Editor

By Max Gross

Stephen A. Silver knows how to get his name in print.He is the recipient of a media watch group’s Letter Writer of the Year Award because of the dozens of letters he published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world on behalf of Israel.Silver, who lives in Concord, Calif., is one of more than 3,500 American members of theRead More


Israeli Ambassador Gets Down to Business at the U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — In the aristocratic world of the United Nations, where diplomats land appointments only after slowly climbing the ranks of their foreign services, Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman is a maverick.Gillerman is no career diplomat. He is a businessman who has agreed to forgo shares and profits for a while and instead fight overRead More





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