UJC Ends Its Funding Of Charity ‘Incubator’

By Nacha Cattan

In its latest jolt of turmoil, the United Jewish Communities has moved to dissolve its experimental venture in non-traditional giving, The Trust for Jewish Philanthropy.UJC, the roof body of federated Jewish philanthropies in North America, issued a statement Tuesday, reportedly in response to inquiries by the Forward, that it has pulled theRead More

U.S. Hand Seen in Paraguay’s Pursuit of Terrorism Suspect

By Marc Perelman

ASUNCI”N, Paraguay — His cell is ready. So is his indictment.Ahmed Assad Barakat, a 35-year-old Paraguayan of Lebanese descent, is sitting in a Brazilian jail trying to fight off extradition to Paraguay, where he is wanted for financial crimes and criminal association.But the charges do not indicate the real reason behind the move: BarakatRead More

Jewish Agencies Working Overtime For Newly Jobless

By Daniel Treiman

Victor Plotkin can’t remember a time when it was so difficult for him to find a job — not when he first came to the United States from Russia, and not when he switched fields from mining to technology.The 59-year-old resident of Castro Valley, Calif., a suburb of Oakland, has been out of work for 13 months, ever since being laid off by theRead More

Survey Sees Historic Shift to the Right; The Elephant’s New Clothes

By Steven M. Cohen

American Jews may be poised on the edge of a historic shift to the right in their political views, according to a new survey of Jewish opinion released to the Forward this week.As they have for most of the past century, Jews identify themselves overwhelmingly as Democrats, and liberals outnumber conservatives two to one, according to the survey,Read More

Brothers’ Judaism Swings to an East African Beat

By Max Gross

Having a tough time finding a good Jewish day school for your kids? Have you considered Semei Kakungulu School outside Mbale, Uganda?Founded in the late 1990s by the polymath brothers Joab Jonadav Keki — called J.J. by his friends — and Gershom Fizomu, the school has proved enormously popular. Dozens of Ugandan Jewish students — calledRead More


By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Simon Says, “Vote Mitzna!”: Profiled Sunday on “60 Minutes,” the Israeli Labor Party’s candidate for prime minister, Amram Mitzna, couldn’t have had a better showing had he written the segment himself. Correspondent Bob Simon introduced the mayor of Haifa as “an ex-general and a warRead More

Newsdesk January 17, 2003

Survey: Antisemitism UpAmericans under the age of 35 hold more antisemitic beliefs than the generation before them, according a new survey by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research.The survey, conducted by Gary Tobin and Sid Groeneman, also found that nearly one-third of Americans were concerned that a Jewish president might not actRead More

Spirituality Center To Breathe Its Last?

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

LOS ANGELES — Metivta, an educational institute that channeled New Age-style spiritual energies into the study and practice of Judaism, will close its doors and suspend its programming later this month, in a financial meltdown that has shocked many here with its swiftness.The threatened closure is the latest step in a series of emergencyRead More

Bay Area Museum Chairs Stepping Down

By Shana Penn, Forward Correspondent

SAN FRANCISCO — The co-chairs of the board of the Magnes Museum, formed by last year’s merger of two Bay Area Jewish museums, unexpectedly resigned on Monday, shocking Jewish communal leaders and provoking the 65 remaining board members to explore the option of separating the two institutions.Warren Hellman and DanielRead More

Republican Jews: We’ll Take Manhattan

By E.J. Kessler

The Republican Jewish Coalition is planning to open an office in New York, in support of the GOP’s anticipated invasion of the Democratic — and Jewish — heartland when it mounts its 2004 national convention in Gotham.Republican strategists have been eyeing a plan to peel off Jewish support for the eventual Democratic nominee byRead More

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