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Chief Rabbi Pick Opposed on Corruption, Abuse Charges

By Forward Staff and Ha’aretz

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court has been asked to block the installation of the nation’s newly elected Ashkenazic chief rabbi, because of allegations that include incompetence, extorting money from marrying couples, forging signatures on marriage contracts and sexual abuse of women and boys.The rabbi, Yona Metzger, currently a neighborhoodRead More


Jews’ Role Murky As Rebel Banner Drops in Georgia

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Thanks to a last-second compromise reached by lawmakers last week, the state flag of Georgia is about to drop the notorious Confederate battle emblem for the first time in nearly 50 years..The deal — widely seen as a rebuke of Republican Governor Sonny Perdue — came quickly, catching most observers by surprise. But for TyroneRead More


Prolific Writer Awarded for Letters to the Editor

By Max Gross

Stephen A. Silver knows how to get his name in print.He is the recipient of a media watch group’s Letter Writer of the Year Award because of the dozens of letters he published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world on behalf of Israel.Silver, who lives in Concord, Calif., is one of more than 3,500 American members of theRead More


Israeli Ambassador Gets Down to Business at the U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — In the aristocratic world of the United Nations, where diplomats land appointments only after slowly climbing the ranks of their foreign services, Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman is a maverick.Gillerman is no career diplomat. He is a businessman who has agreed to forgo shares and profits for a while and instead fight overRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Alternate Route: “The Oslo accords, which were produced by direct negotiations, have collapsed and have been replaced by a violent interaction that the two sides cannot end by themselves,” Martin Indyk writes in the May/June issue of the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs. “Without some form of effective international intervention, IsraelisRead More


Misquoted About Schools, Paige Is Hearing Apologies

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Two national Jewish organizations are apologizing to Education Secretary Rod Paige for their criticisms of him over a public endorsement of schools that teach “the values of the Christian community,” after it was disclosed that he had been misquoted.The Anti-Defamation League and the Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismRead More


Newsdesk May 2, 2003

Bush Lauded on AIDSHadassah is praising President Bush for endorsing a plan to fight AIDS in Africa. “President Bush has moved the battle against HIV/AIDS into a position of global importance,” said Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah’s national president. “By his actions, he has demonstrated the talmudic maxim that saving one life is akin to savingRead More


Archive Offers Campus New Era

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — A mysterious discovery in a Holocaust survivor’s attic is fueling hopes of a Jewish studies renaissance on a campus plagued by antisemitic protests last year.Leaders of San Francisco State University’s Jewish studies program say the recent donation of original transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials will help usher in a new eraRead More


Exhibit Sheds Light on Nazi Suppression Of Free Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — For the past decade, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has focused on the Nazi campaign to persecute and murder Europe’s Jews. But this week, the museum marked its 10th anniversary by opening an exhibition on a topic that is not explicitly and specifically Jewish: Hitler’s war on free thought and free speech.“I was aRead More


Strike Shuts Down Government Services

About 700,000 public-sector workers, including more than 200,000 teachers, launched a nationwide strike this week effectively shutting down almost all government services offered by the state. The strike, which began Wednesday, was called to protest the government’s introduction of legislation that would cut $2.35 billion from Israel’s $56Read More


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