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Push for Evangelical Ties Splits Crowd

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Reviews were mixed in the heart of the New South, as 300 people packed a posh hotel ballroom to hear a pitch from two leading proponents of stronger ties between Jews and Evangelical Christians.Of the two main speakers, it was the baby-faced Republican and Christian leader, Ralph Reed, who seemed most intent on extending an oliveRead More


Few Large Donations Go to Jewish Causes

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting by Jta

Jewish philanthropists may be more generous than other Americans at cutting supersized checks to charities, according to a new study, but they give mere pennies on the dollar of their largest donations to Jewish causes.The study, titled Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy, found that among the 865 Americans who awarded a single grantRead More


Put the French Back in Fries

By Gus Tyler

The eatery where the members of Congress go for their chow no longer serves “french fries,” serving “freedom fries” instead.This dramatic and dizzying deed is not without precedent. During World War I, sauerkraut (a German word) was changed to “liberty cabbage” — and we won the war. So, why not try it again against France, withRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is adding staff. The campaign has tapped Jay Footlik, chief liaison to the Jewish community for the Clinton White House during the mid-1990s, as its director of community outreach, a job that includes the Jewish portfolio. Also on board is Jared Ash, a young former stafferRead More


Under Pressure, Israel Acts To Prop Up Birthright Trips

By Daniel Treiman

Under heavy criticism from Israeli politicians and American Jewish leaders, the Israeli government abandoned a proposal to end its support for a popular program offering young Diaspora Jews free trips to Israel.Reports early this week that the cash-strapped Israeli government was set to eliminate its financial support for Birthright IsraelRead More


U.N. Envoy See Opening as Blair Prods for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With fresh signs that the White House is set to release a controversial new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, tension mounted this week among American Jewish activists preparing to gather in Washington for an annual show of political strength.About 5,000 activists are expected to arrive in Washington Sunday for what is being billed asRead More


Author Paints a Picture of Iraq’s Future After Saddam

By Max Gross

In “The New Iraq,” author Joseph Braude paints a vivid portrait of modern-day Iraq and lays out a detailed plan for rebuilding the country after the war. But Braude — who has lived in Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Tehran — has never actually been to Iraq. Not yet, anyway.“I’ll be on the first plane to Baghdad” after Saddam Hussein isRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

Shock and Flaw: “Most Arabs are in a state of shock,” The Daily Star, a Lebanese daily, editorialized on March 21, the day after war broke out in Iraq.“The passive manner in which we watch events unfolding around us, unable or unwilling to muster the political will to chart our own history, is a terrible symptom of someRead More


Newsdesk March 28, 2003

Campus Incidents UpThe Anti-Defamation League released its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents this week, showing that antisemitic incidents on college campuses totaled 106 in 2002, an increase of 24% over the previous year. Overall, the audit showed a slight increase in activity over the previous year, with 1,559 anti-Jewish incidentsRead More


Muslims More Likely To Vote on Values Than Foreign Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican outreach efforts to the American-Muslim community during recent years have yielded considerable fruit that is not likely to be undercut by the war in Iraq, according to the GOP activist most closely identified with that outreach, Grover Norquist.The reason, Norquist said in an interview with the Forward, is thatRead More


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