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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


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


Newsdesk February 28, 2003

AMIA Indictments SoughtProsecutors are asking the judge in charge of investigating into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires to issue arrest warrants against 16 people, including Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh. The move by the prosecutors was seen by observersRead More


Policy Body Nixes Reform’s Call for Two-State Solution

By Eli Kintisch

BALTIMORE — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum solidly rejected a bid by the Reform movement’s Union of American Hebrew Congregations Monday to pass a resolution supporting President Bush’s call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The vote was 340 to 308.Language proposed by the Reform movementRead More


Reform Rabbis Asking Temples To Fund Outreach Jobs

By Alana Newhouse

A showdown over budget cuts is brewing between the congregational arm of the Reform movement and several prominent Reform rabbis, who charge that the nation’s largest liberal Jewish denomination is crippling its outreach to intermarried families.A number of rabbis have initiated grass-roots fundraising efforts to save the jobs of theRead More


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