El Al Moves To Avoid Tiff With Big Labor

By E.J. Kessler

El Al Israel Airlines is reportedly moving to extricate itself from a contract with a New York hotel involved in a labor dispute, after several American unions warned that the airline’s patronage of the hotel “might jeopardize some of the U.S. trade union movement’s historic support for Israel” and “impact theRead More

Rabbi To Head UJC Pillar

By Nacha Cattan

A Reform rabbi who ceded the movement’s top seminary post two years ago over a sex scandal has been appointed to head the Jewish identity-building division of United Jewish Communities, the roof body of North American Jewish welfare federations.Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, the highest-ranking Reform rabbi ever to be suspendedRead More

Egypt Wants Labor To Join Unity Gov’t

By Marc Perelman

Egypt wants the Israel Labor Party to join a national unity government under Ariel Sharon, in order to boost the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire agreement that Cairo and Jerusalem have been negotiating quietly in recent weeks.“Our reading is that Israel will have a coalition government and that Sharon prefers to have a coalitionRead More

Powell Seen Warning Sharon In Comments on Palestinians

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A day before Israelis went to the polls to reelect Prime Minister Sharon, Secretary of State Colin Powell indirectly yet strongly criticized the Israeli leader for his vision of what a future Palestinian state should look like.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Powell said Monday: “We also have to say toRead More

Grim Sharon Faces Few Options After Historic Electoral Victory

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Likud Party’s overwhelming victory in this week’s Israeli elections may have given Prime Minister Sharon several options for building a new government, but his first choice, a broad coalition with Labor, appears to be achingly out of reach.Even as the election night returns were coming in, showing Sharon with a Knesset blocRead More

ZOA Said To Be Selling Its Tel Aviv Center

By Alana Newhouse

The Zionist Organization of America may be selling its cultural center in Tel Aviv, in a move that could prove controversial for the hawkish pro-Israel organization.The Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported earlier this month that the center, called the ZOA House and run by the organization since the 1950s, may be sold to the Kaldash Company, aRead More

Gen. Clark’s Next War: Conquer the Democrats?

By E.J. Kessler

As President Bush beats the drums for war with Iraq and the Democratic presidential candidates scramble to articulate their own foreign policy visions, one figure on the national political scene is bringing military credentials earned more recently than the Vietnam War era to bear on the debate.That figure is General WesleyRead More

Head of Mideast Dialogue Group Has Ties to Fulani

The top professional of an American Jewish organization that supports Jewish-Arab dialogue programs in Israel is on the board of an organization founded by the leaders of the now-defunct, anti-Zionist New Alliance Party.Robert Levy, the new executive director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Inc., has been an active board member of theRead More

Republicans Tap ‘Red Meat’ Guy in Bid To Woo Young Conservative Generation

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The “Eric Cantor” sandwich was unveiled January 23 at Stacks, Washington’s new kosher deli, at a fundraiser for the newly appointed deputy House majority whip.The sandwich chosen to carry the name of the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives was aRead More

The Tears of a Clown Inspire a Dark Tale of Suburbia

By Aliza Phillips

PARK CITY, Utah — In “Capturing the Friedmans,” a documentary about a middle-class Jewish family come undone, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki uses ordinary memorabilia — home video clips, snapshots — to tell an extraordinary tale.Here is the family of five visiting a farm in New Jersey, celebrating Chanukah, swimming at the shore. Here they areRead More

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