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Schooled for Scandal, Israelis Barely Shrug in Face of Latest Charges

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In 1977, the Israeli press revealed that then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah held a Washington bank account in their own names. The sum involved was under $10,000, but the money was clearly earmarked for private purposes, and Israelis were not permitted to hold foreign bank accounts at the time. Rabin was forcedRead More


The Party’s Over, and On Again, at Celebrations Web Site

By Alana Newhouse

Last month, a crash sent waves of dread and sadness throughout the world. It wasn’t the stock market, or the downing of a plane, but it nevertheless prompted a groundswell of communal reaction. On December 29, 2002, the lights at OnlySimchas.com went out.As it turned out, the darkness was only temporary. Within a week, the owners hadRead More


Conservative Leaders Blast Jewish Agency’s Funding of School

By Nacha Cattan

Already angry at the Jewish Agency for Israel for deep budget cuts to non-Orthodox streams in Israel, Conservative movement leaders are protesting a $250,000 agency grant to an Orthodox school in Jerusalem.Top leaders of Conservative Judaism are calling for a reevaluation of the funding to Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center forRead More


Jews Hardline, Yet Detached, In New Survey

By Steven M. Cohen

More than two years of violence in Israel and the territories have hardened American Jews’ attitudes toward the Palestinians, a new survey shows. The survey also found strong majorities backing the Sharon government’s tough anti-terrorist measures and opposing American pressure to moderate Israeli actions. Fully two-thirds of respondents sayRead More


Top Baltimore Fundraiser Taking a Job at the ‘Joint’

By Nacha Cattan

Darrell Friedman, one of the most respected professionals in the federated Jewish philanthropic system, is resigning as president of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and joining the staff of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.Friedman is one of four former executives from local federations across the countryRead More


U.S. Seen Close To Deal On Lockerbie With Libya

By Marc Perelman

Working to close the books on the Lockerbie case, the Bush administration is nearing an agreement that could lead to the re-establishment of relations with Libya, one of America’s most implacable enemies during the 1980s.American officials are slated to meet in London with Libyan and British envoys in coming weeks to iron out the remainingRead More


ADL Files Brief Opposing UMich’s Admissions Policy

By Daniel Treiman

With the Supreme Court set to take up the issue of affirmative action in university admissions for the first time in a quarter-century, the Anti-Defamation League appears to be the only major Jewish group to weigh in with a brief opposing the University of Michigan policies that are being challenged.“What we want is society to be as colorblindRead More


A Community Rises Up, And the Young Move Away

By Rebecca Reich

On a busy Saturday morning, the cool, stone synagogue with its bare interior walls had a calm, unhurried air, as if — despite a half-century of upheaval — tradition hadn’t skipped a beat. Just a five-minute walk away, waiters were wrestling with café umbrellas and Yugos were zipping past Republic Square, leaving clouds of dust behind. ButRead More


Agencies Warn Medicaid Shifts Could Imperil Elderly, Refugees

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Jewish welfare and refugee agencies are watching nervously to see the impact of a new Bush administration regulation that could restrict access to emergency room services for poor patients on Medicaid.The regulation, issued last month in a letter to state Medicaid directors from the federal Department of Health and Human Services,Read More


Officials: U.S., Israel Readying Call for Palestinian Statehood

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States are preparing a new joint peace initiative for possible release following Israel’s January 28 general election, the Forward has learned.The initiative, details of which are still being ironed out in high-level, behind-the-scenes talks, would reportedly include a joint American-Israeli call for theRead More


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