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Rikers Island Inmates Seek Different Menu Behind Bars

By Max Gross

Three Jewish prisoners in the New York City jail on Rikers Island are suing the commissioner of the Department of Corrections demanding a change in the menu.No, these prisoners are not campaigning for kosher cuisine. They want their jailers to provide them with a vegan diet that excludes not only meat but also eggs, dairy and all otherRead More


In Judicial Twist, Republicans Seen Stalling Bush Pick

By Ami Eden

After months of Republicans crying foul over Democratic efforts to filibuster conservative judicial nominees, Democrats are accusing GOP leaders of delaying a vote on one of President Bush’s most controversial picks.Democrats are ready to debate and vote on the district court nomination of James Leon Holmes, but Senate Republican leaders areRead More


Jerusalem Mayor Eyes ‘Black-Red’ Coalition

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Five weeks after he was elected, Jerusalem’s first ultra-Orthodox mayor is set to announce his governing coalition next week, formally ushering in a new and unfamiliar era in municipal politics in the Israeli capital.While the city council was certain to be dominated by the Orthodox and right-wing parties that back the new mayor,Read More


Out of Africa: Zimbabwean Jewry Faces Extinction

By David Saks

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Political turmoil in neighboring Zimbabwe is threatening southern Africa’s second-largest Jewish community with extinction.Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of sub-Saharan Africa, has rapidly become a basket case in recent years, as the regime of President Robert Mugabe has resorted to ever more extreme measuresRead More


Perverting the Will Of the Electorate

By Gus Tyler

The 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Georgia v. Ashcroft may very well turn out to be a turning point in the history of the American democracy. It all has to do with the way in which the gerrymander has perverted the will of the electorate and what can be done to make electoral resultsRead More


Comedy Giants Gather To Mourn One of Hollywood’s Great Clowns

By Hank Rosenfeld

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor includes 14 pages of jokes on death, so when Buddy Hackett passed away in Malibu at age 79 last week, the chapel at Hillside Memorial in Culver City was packed with every comedy icon that hadn’t booked a Fourth of July gig out of town.Sid Caesar sat up front with Jan Murray. Don Rickles was there.Read More


Creating Common Cultural Identity in a Diverse Israel

By Daniel Treiman

Benjamin Ish-Shalom and Elazar Stern are the quintessential odd couple.Professor Ish-Shalom, dressed formally in a suit and tie with wire-rim glasses, sideburns and slightly disheveled hair, looks every bit the academic. The founder and rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center for Jewish Studies and Leadership, Ish-ShalomRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Sensible Anti-Zionism: “There is a legitimate ground for taking a moral and sensible stand against Zionism,” firebrand Israeli-Arab politician Azmi Bishara writes in the July 3 issue of the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly. “We can retain our anti-Zionist cultural stand without being enemies of the Jews or to coexistence.”Bishara’s ownRead More


Newsdesk July 11, 2003

Tel Aviv ‘Don’ Gives ThanksZe’ev Rosenstein, reputed “don” of the Tel Aviv underworld, attended a synagogue in Jerusalem on Monday to recite Gomel — the public prayer of thanksgiving for escaping danger — after surviving an apparent assassination attempt.Rosenstein narrowly escaped death last week when a bomb went off outside hisRead More


Groups Mobilizing To Protect Medicaid

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The nation’s major Jewish organizations are launching a program aimed at shielding federal social programs that cater to the poor, with its first priority to be maintaining Medicaid’s present funding and strict federal supervision over the way states deliver Medicaid services.“This will be our main focus in theRead More


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