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Changing the Tune, Klezmatics Settle A Violinist’s Sex-Discrimination Suit

By Jon Kalish

The Klezmatics have settled a sex-discrimination lawsuit filed by a former member of the popular klezmer band, the Forward has learned.Fiddler Alicia Svigals, 40, was fired last year for missing out-of-town performances during her pregnancy and after the birth of her son.Though Svigals declined to disclose the amount of the settlement, she did sayRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Former Colorado senator Gary Hart certainly looks like he’s serious about running for president. Hart, who has been giving foreign policy addresses around the nation as he tests the waters for a run, appeared at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Democratic Committee’s gala dinner March 20, where he spoke briefly about the warRead More


Why They Call It Hell

War is an ugly, unpredictable affair. But certain things are utterly predictable, most of all this: Things go wrong. America’s plan for a quick victory, silencing the nay-sayers and shocking the broader Middle East into compliance, appears to have been an illusion. Now is the time to rethink. After the war is won we will needRead More


Top Bush Adviser Engulfed In Spat Over His Business

By Marc Perelman

A top Bush administration adviser who is known as a leading advocate of war with Iraq became engulfed in controversy this week regarding a potential conflict of interest between his business activities and his unpaid government postion.Richard Perle, a former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, has come under fire for accepting aRead More


Hardly a Dove Among Dems’ Brain Trusters

By E.J. Kessler

Anyone looking for a strongly dovish alternative to the foreign affairs and national security policymakers advising President Bush would be hard pressed to find it among the analysts and former diplomats advising the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls.An informal survey of the top five contenders’ campaigns yielded a listRead More


E-mail Spat Shines Light On Volatile Israel Debates After the Fire

By Daniel Treiman

With his anguished e-mail dispatches from strife-torn Israel, American-born Rabbi Daniel Gordis has become something of a mini-celebrity in the Jewish community. But some critics are crying foul over a recent posting in which he took aim at a left-wing rabbinical student.In a March 16 e-mail, titled “Take Off That Mask,” Gordis slammedRead More


Secrets of the City

A SERIALIZED NOVELBy Anne RoipheCHAPTER 68: THE FINAL CHAPTER* * * This is the final installment of Anne Roiphe’s serialized novel, “Secrets of the City,” which can be found online at www.forward.com. A hardcover version of the novel will be published in October by Random House’s Shaye Areheart Books imprint.

In Chapter 67, aRead More


Russian Oligarch May Face Extradition

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — British authorities bowed to Kremlin requests to begin extradition hearings against Boris Berezovsky, a Russian Jewish tycoon and former politician who has been in self-imposed exile in London for more than three years.Berezovsky, along with a former business colleague, Yulii Dubov, was arrested and promptly released March 24, in anRead More


Conservatives Taking a Page From Orthodox Prayer Book

By Ami Eden

Spurred in large part by the growing popularity of an Orthodox publisher, leaders of Conservative Judaism are set to release the movement’s first prayer book with extensive built-in commentary.Movement rabbis acknowledge that a main impetus for commissioning the new commentary, titled “Or Hadash” and set to beRead More


Bush Plans To Privatize the Rebuilding of Iraq

By Gus Tyler

Although the war in Iraq is not yet over, it appears that our ever-provident president already has a set of ideas on how to rebuild the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein. A recent Wall Street Journal headline proclaims: “Bush Has an Audacious Plan To Rebuild Iraq Within a Year.”The Journal comments: “The U.S. plan as currently laid out couldRead More





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