Obama, Netanyahu Reportedly Still at Odds

No joint statement issued after White House meetings


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Though Israel's prime minister said progress was made in resolving the current diplomatic crisis with the United States during his visit, the Obama administration does not appear to be satisfied.

"We are trying to find the golden path between our will to advance the peace process along with the United States and between maintaining the standard policy of all Israeli governments," Netanyahu said before boarding a plane for his return trip to Israel early Thursday morning.

Why Are Jewish Groups Backing A Somali War Criminal?

Special To The Jewish Week


On March 3, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Samantar v. Yousuf et al., an appeal of a case involving Mohamed Ali Samantar, who served as minister of defense and prime minister of Somalia during the bloody dictatorship of Siad Barre. 

Stanton Street Back To Life

Staff Writer

Elissa Sampson and her husband, Jonathan Boyarin, longtime members of the Stanton Street Shul, held a blue paper napkin between them as they twirled to the music of the four-piece klezmer band hired by the synagogue for the afternoon.

Work On Security Fence Slows

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Work on Israel’s controversial separation barrier has ground to a virtual halt as the country’s attention — and budget funding — has shifted away from the threat of Palestinian suicide bombers from the West Bank, say fence advocates.

Power Cuts To Gaza Fuel Fresh Debate

Israel Correspondent

Netiv Ha’asara, Israel — Israel’s dilemma over using fuel and gas supplies to punish Gazans for rocket fire came into sharp focus this week when a salvo of five mortar shells slammed down on this farming cooperative near the Gaza border.

Despite a government decision to impose the controversial sanctions to deter Palestinian militants from similar attacks in the future, experts and locals doubted whether cutting electricity in Gaza would contain the cross-border strikes.

Intelligentsia Joins The Culture Wars

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — A.B. Yehoshua, the acclaimed Israeli novelist, is a proud secularist who almost never steps foot inside a synagogue. Why, then, did the writer and two dozen other prominent secular Israelis pledge their allegiance last week to the Reform and Conservative movements?

“I was motivated by the attack of the religious camps, especially the haredim [ultra-Orthodox], on these movements,” Yehoshua told The Jewish Week. “We think we have to support them more vigorously ... either by joining the movements or by becoming supporters.”

Hot Issues, Cool Art

Staff Writer

There were plenty of words last Sunday morning on East 92nd Street, but not the sort The Jewish Museum had hoped for when it planned a provocative exhibition of contemporary art meant to rekindle dialogue about Holocaust memory.

About 100 yeshiva students, politicians, Holocaust survivors and other community members, most of them from Brooklyn, directed chants of “Shame on You” and “Don’t go in” toward anyone who approached the museum’s front doors at the 10 a.m. opening of “Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art.”

UJA-Fed’s ‘Funny Valentine’


Thanks to Sonny Bono, the UJA-Federation stands to earn additional millions of dollars from the lyrics of the great Broadway songwriter Lorenz Hart.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Germany penned some of the most unforgettable American show tunes with partner Richard Rodgers in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Sour Note For Klezmatics


The Klezmatics ended months of discord and accusations of gender discrimination last week when five members of the popular and provocative klezmer sextet agreed to settle with the group's former fiddler and founding member Alicia Svigals.

The settlement, which Svigals put "in the high five figures," ended a dispute among one of today's most popular klezmer bands, whose blend of traditional Eastern European music with rock and jazz helped spark the klezmer revival in the late 1980s.

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