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Comic Brings Down the House on Synagogue Circuit

By Lisa Keys

We’ll start with the most obvious: Comedian Joel Chasnoff is cute.At a performance at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan last week, this reporter’s date — er, sister — whispered this observation when Chasnoff emerged from the area serving as the backstage. A JCC volunteer concurred, kicking it up a notch: In introducing Chasnoff toRead More


THE FEATHERMAN FILE

By Oren Rawls

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press No Kidding: The Qatari satellite television station Al Jazeera broadcast a discussion February 15 on “Why the Arabs Have Become the Joke of the World,” but the panelists weren’t laughing.The unusually candid discussion, translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute, offers a rareRead More


Newsdesk March 14, 2003

Tisch Eyed for ConferenceJames Tisch has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate to be the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to a report in the New York Sun Wednesday.The Sun reports that Tisch, the CEO of Loews Corp and chairman of the board of the United Jewish Communities, is setRead More


Embattled Bay Area Police Chief To Be Honored

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — A San Francisco Jewish group is moving forward with plans to honor the city’s police chief, who this week was cleared after being indicted in one of the highest-profile police scandals in recent American history.The Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal, a human rights group working on behalf of Jews and members of otherRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

By Ori Nir With Reporting by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel has yet to submit its special request for American aid — an expected $4 billion in financial aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees — but there already are campaigns to block, curtail or condition the package.This week, the Arab American Institute called on its supporters to call the White House and their representatives in Congress toRead More


Under Fire, Baraka Finds Support in Black Circles

By Daniel Treiman

When New Jersey’s controversial poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, spoke at Yale University February 24, many members of the Jewish campus community were appalled. Why, they wondered, would the university’s Afro-American Cultural Center and black student group host someone who had sparked a national uproar only five months earlier with aRead More


SHKENAZIM EMBRACE SEPHARDIC FARE IN LATEST COOKING CRAZE

By Lisa Keys

Back in the day, Sabbath meals at Rissi Zweig’s home in New Jersey consisted of gefilte fish, mayonnaise-based salads, kugels, chicken, meat, a couple of cakes and some nondairy ice cream. “And that’s just Friday night,” she said.But such artery-clogging decadence is so last decade. Now, “We try to model ourRead More


Agency Raps Chief Rabbinate Over Conversion Policy

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The Jewish Agency for Israel, the quasi-governmental body that oversees immigration to Israel, is investigating claims that the Israeli Chief Rabbinate is unduly blocking thousands of Russians from converting to Judaism.At their board of governors meeting last week, leaders of the Jewish Agency for Israel voted toRead More


Nation’s Ills Await ‘Deus ex Machina’

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israeli policy-makers are growing increasingly nervous about the Bush administration’s mounting diplomatic difficulties — at NATO, in Turkey and at the United Nations Security Council — and the increasing likelihood of a delay in the launch of an American campaign against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.Israel’s top political,Read More


French Minister Unveils Plan to Fight Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — When the French education minister warned that antisemitism had become a “true danger” in French schools and last week announced a series of measures to tackle the issue, Jews here rejoiced that someone high up finally was listening to their complaints.The center-right government, after committing to crack down on violent antisemiticRead More


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