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

Her Funny Valentine Charms Her With Water, Duct Tape and Cipro

By Alana Newhouse

Unlike many Americans, I have had jugs of Poland Spring water and a month’s supply of beans and rice stored in my tiny Upper West Side kitchen for weeks. My husband, Daniel, beat a path to the local hardware store way before any of them sold out of duct tape and plastic sheeting. For Valentine’s Day he ordered me a one-week supply ofRead More

Vote on Ethiopians Exposing Aid Rift

By Ami Eden

The decade-long battle over Ethiopian refugees is shifting to the United States, after the Israeli Cabinet’s unanimous vote Sunday approving the immigration of more than 18,000 languishing Ethiopians.At issue is a little-noticed clause in the approved Cabinet resolution that is sparking debate among American Jewish groups over how much aidRead More

Anti-Israel Voices Muted as Millions Rally

They cheerfully rode the New York City subway uptown: three Jewish women in their late 50s or early 60s, bundled up in heavy coats decorated in peace buttons. Millions of protesters in 600 cities around the world were rallying against a looming war in Iraq, and these New Yorkers did not intend to be left out.Members of a half-dozenRead More

A Trans-Atlantic Dialogue Seeks Europe’s True Heart

By Jo-Ann Mort

Brussels, the bilingual capital of Belgium, is Old Europe at its architectural best. The center of the old city is the Grand’Place — Grote Markt in Dutch — an exquisite square lined with gold-laced 17th-century buildings, constructed by the guilds that once ran Brussels’ civic life.One of the most elaborate of these buildings is LeRead More

Unflippable Lawyer Bites Mickey D’s With Burger Suit

By Lisa Keys

At times it seemed as if the entire McWorld was against Samuel Hirsch.The Manhattan lawyer catapulted to infamy last summer as he spearheaded a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s on behalf of obese teenagers. As the latest player in the assign-the-blame-game, Hirsch became the brunt of late-night talk show jokes and a poster boy for thoseRead More

Newsdesk February 21, 2003

Affirmative Action BackedThe American Jewish Committee Tuesday filed an amicus brief, co-signed by a coalition of Jewish organizations, defending the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policies now being challenged before the Supreme Court.“Disallowing the consideration of race as one factor among many in university admissions wouldRead More


By Max Gross

Ahead of the Field: “People look at me as if I was from another planet,” laments Ahmad Rezkallah in the February 18 issue of Arab News, an English-language Saudi daily. It’s hard to know why, since Rezkallah is described as “a pleasant man with a broad smile” who earns a decent living hacking off people’s heads.Rezkallah, SaudiRead More

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