Eric J. Greenberg

Halberstam Case Recalled

07/26/2002
Staff Writer
Two Brooklyn congressmen have joined a grassroots campaign to have the FBI officially designate the July 4 shootings at Los Angeles International Airport by an Egyptian gunman as a suspected terrorist attack. "The FBI's failure to publicly acknowledge this fact is dangerous because it lessens the vigilance against similar acts ... in the near future," said Rep. Major Owens in a July 21 press statement. Rep. Anthony Weiner, in a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller, urged Mueller to investigate the act as "a possible terrorist attack."

A Heimishe Hero

08/09/2002
Staff Writer
He's been a member of the most famous fighting superhero foursome for the past 40 years. As the unquestioned muscle of the group, he helped save the planet (even the universe) countless times. And for all that time, Benjamin Jacob Grimm held a closely guarded secret. But now the tough-talking former test pilot (and charter member of The Fantastic Four) has revealed his concealed heritage. It turns out that Grimm, known to comic book lovers around the world merely as The Thing, is Jewish. Who knew?

Good Cause To Party

08/09/2002
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.

Tribute To A 'Martyr'

08/09/2002
Staff Writer
There should have been birthday candles. Instead there were candles of mourning. Janis Ruth Coulter would have been 37 last Monday. The petite blonde, who fell in love with Judaism while studying about the Holocaust in college, should have been celebrating with her friends and coworkers at the East Side offices of the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she served as assistant director of the office of academic affairs.

Israelis Troubled By Airline Incidents

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
When Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior was removed from a U.S. commercial plane last week by the pilot for posing a "security risk," it raised anew the enforcement of airline safety after Sept. 11. The Aug. 8 incident marked the third time in recent months that a high-ranking Israeli delegation was barred from a flight because a pilot deemed them a security risk.

Targeting Jews No More

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
While Islamic anti-Judaism increases, a bit of positive interfaith news emerged this week from American Catholic leaders. U.S. Catholic bishops declared Monday that campaigns that target Jews for conversion to Christianity "are no longer theologically acceptable in the Catholic Church." This conclusion is contained in a 12-page joint Catholic-Jewish statement called "Reflections on Covenant and Mission" issued with the National Council of Synagogues, representing the Conservative and Reform Jewish streams.

SUNY Cuts Study Programs In Israel

08/23/2002
Staff Writer
The State University of New York has suspended all of its overseas programs in Israel, citing last month's terrorist attack at Hebrew University where nine people (including five Americans) were killed, The Jewish Week has learned.

New Trouble Ahead On The Green

08/30/2002
Staff Writer
Just back from a mission to Israel for college newspaper editors, the incoming editor in chief of the University of California at Irvine weekly was asked by a reporter about his reaction to the massacre at Hebrew University. "Obviously it feels closer to home because I'm a university student myself," said Abel Pena, a 23-year-old senior, referring to the July 31 bomb blast credited to Hamas that killed nine people, including five Americans. "But I don't want to rush to any kind of judgment on the action that was taken against the students."

New Trouble Ahead On The Green

08/30/2002
Staff Writer
Just back from a mission to Israel for college newspaper editors, the incoming editor in chief of the University of California at Irvine weekly was asked by a reporter about his reaction to the massacre at Hebrew University. "Obviously it feels closer to home because I'm a university student myself," said Abel Pena, a 23-year-old senior, referring to the July 31 bomb blast credited to Hamas that killed nine people, including five Americans. "But I don't want to rush to any kind of judgment on the action that was taken against the students."

Heightened Alert At Rosh HaShanah

08/30/2002
Staff Writer
For years, the New York Police Department's annual pre-High Holy Days security meeting had become little more than a big coffee klatch. With crime down and bias crimes reduced, the gathering became better known as a chance for Jewish leaders from all walks of life and all parts of the city to renew acquaintances and trade stories with each other and police brass. Since the drill was the same every year, discussion about security became routine. Then came Sept. 11, 2001. Which made this year's meeting more serious than it has been for a long time.
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