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Sharon Says He Is Ready For Painful Concessions

By Ari Shavit

There are some matters regarding which we will be ready to take far-reaching steps. We will be ready to carry out very painful steps. But there is one thing that I told President Bush a number of times — I made no concessions in the past, and I will make no concessions now, or ever make concessions in the future, with regard to anything thatRead More


Behind Warnings to Damascus: Reassessment of Younger Assad

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting By Ori Nir in Washington.

A sudden flurry of U.S. warnings to Syria in recent days indicates that Washington has undertaken what Israel and its supporters here have been urging for months: a comprehensive reassessment of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.In the past two weeks, while U.S. troops were taking control of neighboring Iraq, a string of top American officials —Read More


Rabbis Backed by Ultra-Orthodox Win

JERUSALEM — Israel elected two new chief rabbis this week, after a hard-fought race pitting the religious Zionist movement, which founded and long led the state rabbinate, against the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate that has traditionally shunned it.Both races ended in victories for ultra-Orthodox-backed candidates, dealing a humiliating blowRead More


In Baltimore, Aged Now Get Services Where They Live

By Nacha Cattan

BALTIMORE — Helen Salzman inches across the lipstick-red carpet to welcome guests into her cozy, two-story frame cottage.Her delicately appointed dining room is immaculate, her off-white sectional looks spanking new and the kitchen floor is well scrubbed. But the legally blind Salzman does not notice that her plush rug isRead More


Search for Hillel Director Seen Drawing to a Close

By Nacha Cattan

The search to fill one of the Jewish community’s highest-profile positions appears to be drawing to a close.Richard Joel, the popular president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is stepping down April 30 to become president of Yeshiva University and its affiliated Rabbi IsaacRead More


‘Show Me,’ Labor Brass Tell Democratic Hopefuls

By E.J. Kessler

The Democratic presidential hopefuls’ battle for labor support kicked into high gear last week, as eight of the nine contenders — all except Florida Senator Bob Graham — strutted their stuff at the Washington legislative conference of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades department.Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri — a formerRead More


A DNA Pioneer Finally Gets Her Due — 50 Years Late

By Ami Eden

Fifty years ago this week, James Watson and Francis Crick officially won the race to map out the structure of DNA, a victory that would eventually earn them the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine. Now, as the golden anniversary of the discovery is marked, determined feminists and former colleagues are fighting to make sure that a fair share ofRead More


Strikers Invoke Passover In Kosher Eatery Action

The parallels between the story of Passover and a modern-day struggle for worker rights resonated loud and clear at a picket line outside a glatt kosher restaurant on the East Side of Manhattan last week.Immigrant workers and representatives from several local unions and Jewish labor groups waved union posters, ate matzo, drank grape juice andRead More


Daring Heist Spreads Fear

By Marc Perelman

ANTWERP — All hell broke loose on Jews here in mid-February. It was not antisemitism. It was not Iraq. It was merely the largest robbery to hit this Belgian port city in decades.Armed robberies are not usually issues that preoccupy Jewish communal defense experts. The problem this time was that the daring, $120 million robbery took place…Read More


Newsdesk April 18, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Givat Haviva Head ResignsThe top professional of an organization supporting Jewish-Arab dialogue programs in Israel abruptly stepped down last week after a report linked him to leaders of the self-described anti-Zionist New Alliance Party.Robert Levy, executive director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Inc., resigned 10 weeks after theRead More


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