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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


Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, Wrote On Prayers, Holidays, Spirituality

Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, one of Conservative Judaism’s most respected writers on Jewish prayer, holidays and spirituality, died of a stroke Monday at his home in Manhattan.A native New Yorker, Greenberg served as rabbi of Temple Sinai, now in the Philadelphia suburb of Dresher, for more than 50 years. Following his retirement in 1996,Read More


Democrats Hone Appeal At Parleys In Capital

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Lieberman came out swinging left on Monday, invoking the name of liberal icon Paul Wellstone as he told a conference here that he would work to pass a bill mandating spousal benefits for domestic partners of gay federal employees.The Connecticut senator’s remarks stoodRead More


Reform Parley Raps Bush Domestic Agenda

By Daniel Treiman

WASHINGTON — While thousands of pro-Israel activists gathered a short distance away for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, with many voicing support for the Bush administration’s handling of foreign policy, leaders of America’s largest synagogue movement were focused on the president’s domesticRead More


Israel, Activists Train Sights on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Openly pleased with the Bush administration’s recent warnings to Syria not to aid Iraq, Israel and its supporters here have begun ratcheting up their accusations against its radical neighbor in apparent hopes of widening the rift between Damascus and Washington.Senior officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee told the ForwardRead More


D.P. Moynihan as ‘American Cincinnatus’

By Bill Bradley

Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote of the classic Greek dichotomy between the fox and the hedgehog. The fox knows a lot about many things, but the hedgehog knows everything about one big thing.In his own way Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the foxiest hedgehog in American life. He was blessed with the fox’s interest in many, many things, and the hedgehog’sRead 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


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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