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

Orthodox Council Mourns Rabbi Steven Dworken

By Max Gross

Rabbi Steven Dworken, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America, a professional body serving over 1,100 Orthodox rabbis, died suddenly at his home in Teaneck, N.J., on January 13 of a heart attack. He was 58.Hundreds of mourners came from as far away as Chicago, Boston and Miami to attend his funeral TuesdayRead More

Creating a Nurturing Refuge For Argentine Children at Risk

By Bernardo Kliksberg

FORWARD FORUM Jana was born some months ago in a public hospital in the city of Buenos Aires. Her mother, a penniless Jewish woman with psychological disorders, disappeared after giving birth to the little girl. The hospital delivered Jana to a state institution where a judge sent her to a Catholic orphanage.Nobody knows how Jana’s motherRead More

Clandestine Operation Targeted Arab Suspects

By Marc Perelman

Following the 1994 bombing of Argentina’s AMIA center, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay launched a secret operation in coordination with Washington to disrupt the activities of suspect Arabs in the region, according to officials closely associated with what was called “Operation Double Top.”“We realized the best way wasRead More

UJC Ends Its Funding Of Charity ‘Incubator’

By Nacha Cattan

In its latest jolt of turmoil, the United Jewish Communities has moved to dissolve its experimental venture in non-traditional giving, The Trust for Jewish Philanthropy.UJC, the roof body of federated Jewish philanthropies in North America, issued a statement Tuesday, reportedly in response to inquiries by the Forward, that it has pulled theRead More

U.S. Hand Seen in Paraguay’s Pursuit of Terrorism Suspect

By Marc Perelman

ASUNCI”N, Paraguay — His cell is ready. So is his indictment.Ahmed Assad Barakat, a 35-year-old Paraguayan of Lebanese descent, is sitting in a Brazilian jail trying to fight off extradition to Paraguay, where he is wanted for financial crimes and criminal association.But the charges do not indicate the real reason behind the move: BarakatRead More

Jewish Agencies Working Overtime For Newly Jobless

By Daniel Treiman

Victor Plotkin can’t remember a time when it was so difficult for him to find a job — not when he first came to the United States from Russia, and not when he switched fields from mining to technology.The 59-year-old resident of Castro Valley, Calif., a suburb of Oakland, has been out of work for 13 months, ever since being laid off by theRead More

Survey Sees Historic Shift to the Right; The Elephant’s New Clothes

By Steven M. Cohen

American Jews may be poised on the edge of a historic shift to the right in their political views, according to a new survey of Jewish opinion released to the Forward this week.As they have for most of the past century, Jews identify themselves overwhelmingly as Democrats, and liberals outnumber conservatives two to one, according to the survey,Read More

Brothers’ Judaism Swings to an East African Beat

By Max Gross

Having a tough time finding a good Jewish day school for your kids? Have you considered Semei Kakungulu School outside Mbale, Uganda?Founded in the late 1990s by the polymath brothers Joab Jonadav Keki — called J.J. by his friends — and Gershom Fizomu, the school has proved enormously popular. Dozens of Ugandan Jewish students — calledRead More


By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Simon Says, “Vote Mitzna!”: Profiled Sunday on “60 Minutes,” the Israeli Labor Party’s candidate for prime minister, Amram Mitzna, couldn’t have had a better showing had he written the segment himself. Correspondent Bob Simon introduced the mayor of Haifa as “an ex-general and a warRead More

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