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


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

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

Foe of Gay Ban Won’t Head Conservative Panel

By Alana Newhouse

On the eve of what was expected to be his first session as chairman of Conservative Judaism’s supreme lawmaking body, it was announced that Rabbi Elliott Dorff, an outspoken supporter of overturning the movement’s ban on ordaining homosexuals, will not assume the position.The move came on the heels of a request by the head of theRead More

Backing Israel on Terror, Bush Preps Postwar Push For a Settlement Freeze

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has accepted Israel’s position that the Palestinian Authority must take action against terrorism and implement substantial reforms before Israel is required to begin implementing the internationally sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, including a freeze on settlement activity.At theRead More

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