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Friedman: Will Jews Still Care?

The following exchange was excerpted from Charlie Rose’s May 30 television interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. CHARLIE ROSE: The other thing is that the American Jewish community does not speak with one voice either.THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Absolutely. The rank-and-file are a lot more moderate than the, quote unquote,Read More


Charities’ Focus on the Hungry Draws Israel’s Ire

By Nacha Cattan

American Jewish philanthropies are coming to blows with their main beneficiary, the State of Israel, following an unprecedented Israeli Cabinet vote to deplore Diaspora charities’ use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool.Prime Minister Sharon unleashed the opening salvo at a weekly Cabinet meeting last Sunday, lambastingRead More


Right Slams Plan, Center Remains Quiet

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-backed “road map” to Middle East peace is coming under mounting attack from conservative pundits and several right-wing Jewish groups, while most influential Jewish organizations are offering either tepid support or subtle criticisms of the plan.As a result, some observers say, the weight of visible Jewish opinion….Read More


Newsdesk May 30, 2003

Arabs To Visit AuschwitzSome 300 Israeli Arabs and Jews toured the former Jewish district of Krakow on Monday, beginning a visit that aims to help Muslims understand what Jews suffered in the Holocaust.The group of 150 Israeli-Arab intellectuals, athletes and businessmen, joined by as many Jews, were to spend the next two days touring and learningRead More


Ordained Daughter Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Robin Heffler

Gabai’s father, Yosef, the chief Sephardic rabbi of northern Israel, had recently died, and she long had yearned to be a rabbi herself. But rabbinical school simply wasn’t an option for women in her family, which claims a lineage of Orthodox rabbis going back to the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. So Gabai put her dream onRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Shot Seen ’Round the World: The most enduring image of the 32-month-long intifada is undoubtedly that of Mohammed Al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who died in his father’s arms during an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in Gaza.The footage of the firefight, shot by a French television cameraman, has become a touchstone inRead More


Rabbi Denies Knowledge of Memorial

By Nacha Cattan

The former chief Ashkenazic rabbi of Israel who was said to have authorized a controversial plan to build a memorial at a Nazi extermination camp in Poland is now saying he knows nothing about the plan.The American Jewish Committee and other organizers of the plan have been pointing for months to a letter written on the letterhead of RabbiRead More


Britain Set To Deliberate Ban On Kosher Slaughter

By Sam Greene

LONDON — A debate over kosher slaughter in Britain is pitting animal-rights activists against Jewish community leaders, and placing the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities on the same side of the fence.Next month, the British government is expected to consider a report from an animal-rights advisory group that will ask for a ban onRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

We can’t tell you what Massachusetts Senator John Kerry said when he addressed Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, a group of young Democrats better known as DL21C; the presidential hopeful’s campaign kept the May 20 speech in New York off the record.We can, however, tell you about how the speech was received.Speaking at Eugene, a chicRead More


Long List of Experts Advising Presidential Hopefuls

By E.J. Kessler

A decade ago, when the Democrats set out to reform healthcare, they turned to one person above all others: Ira Magaziner.The New England management consultant, charged in the early 1990s with helping then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton reform the nation’s healthcare system, had a reputation as a genius — at least until his proposalsRead More


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