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Academy Awards Often Shine For Holocaust-Themed Films

By Lisa Keys

This Sunday, documentary film directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender will don their tuxedos, smile for the paparazzi and sit anxiously in the Kodak Theatre, waiting to see if their names will follow the words, “And the Oscar goes to…”In the 2002 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature category, Clarke and Sender face tough competition.Read More


A Brooklyn Boy Whose Childhood Dreams Stop Here

By Lisa Keys

It’s a typical morning at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn. Politicians are meeting and greeting, children are dancing jigs and an impressive amount of Irish coffee is being consumed at 9 a.m. The borough’s stentorious president, Marty Markowitz, a smiling, roly-poly man, is wearing a tall striped hat that seems plucked from the pagesRead More


Wooden Synagogue Project Abandoned

By June Bell

BERKELEY, Calif. — A Modern Orthodox congregation that hoped to build a replica of the wooden synagogue of Przedborz, Poland, has reluctantly abandoned its dream after failing to garner national financial support for the project.Instead of re-creating the famous 17th-century structure destroyed by the Nazis, Congregation Beth Israel will spendRead More


Presidents Conference Taps Tisch As Next Leader

America’s central Jewish representative body is naming a billionaire philanthropist and tobacco mogul as its new chairman.James Tisch, president of Loews Corp. and chairman of United Jewish Communities, was selected by a nominating committee last Friday to become chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. IfRead More


Movie Could Resurrect Old Charges Against Jews

By Daniel Treiman

Silver screen star Mel Gibson is raising red flags for some Jewish groups, who fear that a movie he is making will resurrect the age-old charge that Jews are responsible for Jesus’ death.The heads of the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center questioned Gibson’s motives after a March 9 New York Times Magazine article on theRead More


Powell Counters Cabal Charge

By Ami Eden

Secretary of State Colin Powell took the unusual step last week of assuring members of Congress that a “small cabal” of pro-Israeli American Jews is not orchestrating President Bush’s war push.Powell made his statement during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing March 13 dealing with foreign aid.“The strategy with respect toRead More


Report Finds Alarming Rise in Uninsured Americans

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As a wide coalition of civil rights organizations, unions, faith-based groups and medical professionals launched “Cover the Uninsured Week” Monday, a new study published this week shows an alarming increase in the number of Americans without health insurance.The report, prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which isRead More


Judge Bars Web Site’s Sales of Dead Sea Balms

By Nacha Cattan

Ahava, the Israeli Dead Sea cosmetics line, is at the center of a court battle as caustic as the world’s saltiest body of water. And a federal court has recently weighed in on the mudslinging.The official American distributor of Ahava, Ahava USA, has succeeded in getting Manhattan federal Judge Victor Marrero to bar an Israeli InternetRead More


Americans Killed in Attacks Traveled Uncommon Paths

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Three American citizens residing in Israel lost their lives in two separate terrorist attacks during the last week.Abigail Litle, 14, a Haifa eighth grader, was killed when the No. 37 bus she was riding after school blew up last Wednesday. A 20-year-old Hamas militant named Mahmoud Hamdan Kawasme of Hebron had detonated a bomb he strapped to hisRead More


Palestinian Economy Faces Devastation Under Intifada

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A new World Bank report on the imploding Palestinian economy is fueling calls for an immediate resumption of peace talks.In the report, which assesses the economic repercussions of the Palestinian intifada and Israeli counter-measures, the World Bank explicitly argues for the first time that economic development in the West Bank andRead More


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