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Leaders Gamble on Road Map Amid Tempered Expectations

By Chemi Shalev

AQABA, Jordan — In the end, President Bush could not have hoped for more. He got Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas to say as much as either man could permit himself to say. Sharon gave his strongest-ever endorsement of Palestinian statehood and pledged to start immediately dismantling illegal settlement outposts. Abbas issued his bluntestRead More


Friedman: Will Jews Still Care?

The following exchange was excerpted from Charlie Rose’s May 30 television interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. CHARLIE ROSE: The other thing is that the American Jewish community does not speak with one voice either.THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Absolutely. The rank-and-file are a lot more moderate than the, quote unquote,Read More


Charities’ Focus on the Hungry Draws Israel’s Ire

By Nacha Cattan

American Jewish philanthropies are coming to blows with their main beneficiary, the State of Israel, following an unprecedented Israeli Cabinet vote to deplore Diaspora charities’ use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool.Prime Minister Sharon unleashed the opening salvo at a weekly Cabinet meeting last Sunday, lambastingRead More


Right Slams Plan, Center Remains Quiet

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-backed “road map” to Middle East peace is coming under mounting attack from conservative pundits and several right-wing Jewish groups, while most influential Jewish organizations are offering either tepid support or subtle criticisms of the plan.As a result, some observers say, the weight of visible Jewish opinion….Read More


Former Political Hand Embraces Kid’s Conversion

By Ross Schneiderman

The Jewish community has gained a new member — and a prominent new in-law.Katherine Gergen, a recent convert to Judaism and the daughter of former presidential adviser David Gergen, married Mark Barnett last Sunday in a Jewish ceremony held at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn. Rabbi James Ponet, a Conservative clergyman and the JewishRead More


Bush’s Maneuvers Bewilder Jerusalem and Activists

By Ami Eden

Shortly before leaving for his trip to Europe and the Middle East, President Bush met in Washington with members of the foreign press corps. One reporter questioned whether, with an election coming up next year, the president had the political ability to pressure Israel.“Can you really do that?” the reporter asked.“Of course I can,” BushRead More


Seeds of Jewish Revival Sprout on City College Campus

By Daniel Treiman

City College of New York, the near-mythic temple of working-class Jewish advancement, is on the rebound.Known to generations as a bridge between a working-class, immigrant past and a middle-class, professional future, the college has been for the most part forsaken in recent years by the children and grandchildren of its upwardly mobile JewishRead More


Pentagon Team on Iran Comes Under Fire

By Marc Perelman

A small Pentagon planning office under fire for its alleged manipulation of intelligence on Iraq is also dealing with other countries in the Persian Gulf, including Iran, raising concerns among critics about the shaping of Bush administration policy in this sensitive region.Defense Department spokesmen acknowledge that a small, four-member team isRead More


Everything Is Not Illuminated

By Joshua Cohen

PRAGUE — Literature is the accounts of the outside writing in. This is a “golden rule,” for the post-World War I “lost generation” and, it’s possible to argue, for the whole of Jewish literature. Central and Eastern Europe has played host to some of literature’s greatest outsiders, including Franz Kafka, who, writing in German,Read More


Israel Strikes Balancing Act With Europe

PARIS — When American Jews hear the word “France” lately, they think of antisemitism, anti-Zionism and even anti-Americanism. They undoubtedly believe Israeli politicians see eye to eye with them on this when they hear Israeli officials rail against French President Jacques Chirac.But the view from Jerusalem is decidedly different — atRead More


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