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

Sharpton Will Seek Jewish Dollars, Says an Aide

By E.J. Kessler

Reverend Al Sharpton is seeking campaign contributions from the Jewish community like any other presidential candidate, according to his political adviser.Former Bronx Democratic Party chairman Roberto Ramirez told the Forward that Sharpton’s “progressive, populist and clear message” would attract JewishRead More

For the Likud, the Plot Thickens

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Cronyism, influence-peddling, the buying and selling of votes and mobsters in high places: The recent scandals swirling around the Likud Party sound like the stuff of a dozen bad (but must-see) movies. A guide to the episodes and characters:Primary ColorsA network of behind-the-scenes deal-making and chicanery was revealed whenRead More

Labor Says It Won’t Play Ball

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Desperate to turn the tide in the upcoming elections, Amram Mitzna and his Labor Party declared this week that they would refuse to join a national unity government headed by Ariel Sharon — under any circumstances. The end result, some observers are darkly predicting, could be the unimaginable: no government.Mitzna’s surprisingRead More

Jerusalem Weighs Danger Of an Unchecked N. Korea

By Ze’ev Schiff

JERUSALEM — About 10 years ago the deputy chief of Israel’s Mossad, Ephraim Halevy, and a top-level Foreign Ministry official, Eitan Bentsur, were invited separately to meet with North Korean leaders and discuss Pyongyang’s missile supplies to various countries in the Middle East. The North Koreans made it clear they expected a significantRead More

Sharon’s Private Envoy at Center of Talks, Scandals

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — When Ariel Sharon, newly elected prime minister in 2001, found he needed a confidant to deliver private messages to the White House, he turned to an old friend, the Israeli-born American businessman Arie Genger.With no experience in diplomacy or statesmanship but with a fortune based in agricultural chemicals, GengerRead More

Stars Shine on Black-Jewish Dialogue, but Is That All?

By Alana Newhouse

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Russell Simmons, Stevie Wonder. No, this is not the nominee list for this year’s MTV Awards. They are the new faces of black-Jewish relations.Last November’s reception for an organization devoted to nurturing the relationship between the African-American and Jewish communities was a star-studded affair. The crowdRead More

A Wave of Young Families Washes Ashore in S. Florida

By Lisa Keys

Strollers aren’t allowed in the Boca Raton Synagogue on the Sabbath, so each Saturday harried parents jockey beneath the wide awning for the prime spots to park their Peregos and Maclarens.“You know how some places auction parking spots as fundraisers? Well, we’re considering offering reserved stroller spots,” said the synagogue’s rabbi,Read More

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