Still In Service To Jewish Families

Staff Writer
A few summers at day camp changed Alan  Siskind’s life. Siskind, who retired in the fall as executive vice president of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services after 16 years in that position and 33 years at the agency says his days as a counselor at the Mount Vernon Y’s summer camp, influenced him to become a social worker. At the camp he observed the directors, all trained in social work.

A Comeback For The ‘Jewish Jordan’

Staff Writer
A baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport recognized a familiar face, a redhead with a crew cut and closely trimmed beard and big kippah, the other day. “What’s up, Jewish Jordan?” the baggage handler, an African-American, asked Tamir Goodman.

From The IDF To 'The Messenger"

Director Oren Moverman leans on his Israeli military experience in making his new film.
Special to the Jewish Week

‘The Messenger,” the critically acclaimed film now playing nationally, follows two U.S. Army casualty notification officers as they visit families to inform them that their loved ones have been killed in combat. Clearly, it is a subject ripe with political possibilities, but it is one director and co-screenwriter Oren Moverman knows well.


Hell No, He Won't Go

Staff Writer
Things were getting worse for the Palestinians, Haggai Matar said earnestly. Innocents were being killed, beaten, starved and made homeless: all under the heel of the Israeli Defense Forces. Matar, 17, reed thin and red ponytailed, was outraged by Israel's growing military operations last summer. So with the intifada that began in September 2000 growing more violent and no end in sight to Israel's occupation, he took action.

Good Cause To Party

Staff Writer
Brent Delman didn't want to throw just another summer singles party. After hearing from his cousins in Israel about the deaths of their friends in the army, Delman, a New York-based club and party promoter, decided on a benefit for terror victims in Israel. So he joined forces with promoters of trendy clubs in the city, including Halo, Metrodome, Mod and the Supper Club, as well as some in the Hamptons, to sponsor the "We Are One" benefit Wednesday night at Float, 240 W. 52nd St. and Broadway.

Praying For Peace

Staff Writer
In the Haftorah reading in synagogue last week, Ezekiel prophesizes a united Holy Land: “And they shall no longer be divided into two kingdoms.” For lovers of Israel, for residents of the Jewish state, for anyone fearing the threat of a two-state solution advanced in the peace process, for this soldier saying his morning prayers this week overlooking Gaza, the ancient promise has contemporary resonance.

War On Terror Goes Apocalyptic

Staff Writer
Despite President Bush's insistence that the war on terrorism is not a religious conflict pitting the West against Islam, prominent members of his administration and leaders of Islamic countries are pushing inexorably in that direction. And as the president came to the defense of the Jewish community this week, Jewish leaders were warning of dire long-term consequences in the wake of the anti-Semitic tirade unleashed last week by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

No Peace In Peace Camp

Staff Writer
Three prominent liberal New York rabbis have abruptly resigned from the advisory board of a new national Jewish peace group after their names appeared in a controversial full-page New York Times ad that likened Israel to the Passover story’s evil Pharaoh, and also used a Nazi allusion to describe the Sharon government’s military actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Wanted: True Believers Only

Anne Lown, a Jewish woman from Boston, had worked nearly 25 years for the Salvation Army's children's services arm in New York when she was thrust into the world of faith-based initiatives. Lown, associate director of the local Salvation Army's government-funded Social Services for Children, was one of 18 employees to leave or be dismissed in 2003-04 for allegedly refusing to sign forms swearing loyalty to the group's Christian principles.

Israel's War Performance Comes Under Microscope


Editor At Large
The earliest of what promises to be a cascade of post-mortems on Israel's military performance in Lebanon last summer are starting to come in. And the picture they paint is far from pretty. They depict military and political leaders sending soldiers to war against the Shiite guerrilla force Hezbollah with ill defined, constantly shifting goals. They speak of commanders who failed to lead their soldiers personally, in the time-honored Israeli fashion, instead staying behind the lines to monitor their units' progress on video screens.
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