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THE FEATHERMAN FILE

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press A Certain People: If the Reformation was a giant oyster, were the Jews the irritant around which grew the pearl known as the Enlightenment? One professor seems to think so.In its February 28 issue, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the “highly anticipated” first book by 33-year-old Adam Sutcliffe,Read More


Far East of Eden, a Scholar’s Fascination With the Jews

By Daniel Treiman

China may not be the first place that comes to mind at the mention of “Judaic studies,” but nobody can say that this is due to lack of effort on the part of Xu Xin, China’s homegrown Jewish studies dynamo.The founder and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University and president of the China Judaic Studies Association,Read More


Newsdesk February 28, 2003

AMIA Indictments SoughtProsecutors are asking the judge in charge of investigating into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires to issue arrest warrants against 16 people, including Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh. The move by the prosecutors was seen by observersRead More


Policy Body Nixes Reform’s Call for Two-State Solution

By Eli Kintisch

BALTIMORE — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum solidly rejected a bid by the Reform movement’s Union of American Hebrew Congregations Monday to pass a resolution supporting President Bush’s call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The vote was 340 to 308.Language proposed by the Reform movementRead More


Reform Rabbis Asking Temples To Fund Outreach Jobs

By Alana Newhouse

A showdown over budget cuts is brewing between the congregational arm of the Reform movement and several prominent Reform rabbis, who charge that the nation’s largest liberal Jewish denomination is crippling its outreach to intermarried families.A number of rabbis have initiated grass-roots fundraising efforts to save the jobs of theRead More


JTS Scholar To Argue for New Views on Gay Rabbi Ban

By Alana Newhouse

A leading Conservative scholar, scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a gay rights group at the movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, is expected to argue that community norms can determine Jewish law.In an interview with the Forward, Judith Hauptman, a professor of Talmud at JTS, said that her theory — coming amidst intensifying callsRead More


Animal Rights Group Invokes Holocaust

By Max Gross

Matt Prescott believes there is another holocaust happening today in America — against cows and chickens.Prescott, 21, is the youth outreach coordinator at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and is one of the brains behind “Holocaust on Your Plate,” an exhibit of posters that pairs images of soon-to-be slaughtered animalsRead More


Why Middle East ‘Marshall Plan Ignores Real Roots of Terrorism

By Eric Cantor

Earlier this month the Forward reported that House member and presidential candidate Richard Gephardt called for a new “Marshall Plan” for the Middle East because, as he said, “terrorism is rooted in poverty and tyranny.” The Missouri Democrat emphasized American economic assistance, public diplomacy and a democracy corps as the cure forRead More


Top Rabbi Admits Errors In Handling Lanner Case

By Nacha Cattan

A revered Orthodox rabbi accused by critics of withholding information about convicted sex-abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner apologized last week in front of hundreds of students at Yeshiva University for his “mistakes” and “blindspots.”Rabbi Mordechai Willig, head of a prestigious post-rabbinical institute at Yeshiva University’sRead More


Policy Body: Shoah Funds All Must Go To Survivors

By Eli Kintisch; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

BALTIMORE — In a stinging critique of the main international Jewish body that oversees Holocaust restitution funds, delegates to the annual meeting of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called in a resolution Monday for “all funds” collected on behalf of Holocaust survivors to be disbursed solely to aid needy survivors.Currently the worldRead More





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