Eric J. Greenberg

Tribute To The Fallen

Staff Writer
Rebecca Spilke walked slowly to the lectern at Sutton Place Synagogue. Taking a deep breath, the petite, brown-haired 26-year-old spoke of her love for Benjamin Blutstein. "I was almost excited to come here; I was expecting to see Ben," she confided to the audience of about 200. But Ben would not be at the East Side synagogue. Nor would eight others who were killed with him on July 31when a terrorist bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria at Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus.

‘War Of The Future’ Is Here II

Eric Greenberg is a staff writer. Michele Chabin is an Israel correspondent.
Jewish institutions and synagogues in New York City were being warned to boost their security in light of last week’s U.S. attacks on suspected terrorist sites in the Sudan and Afghanistan, while Israeli officials in Jerusalem are viewing the current crisis as part of a continuum of preparedness.

FBI Changing Course On LAX Killings

Staff Writer
The FBI, under pressure from the Jewish community, is now investigating the July 4 killing of two Jews at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport as a terrorist incident. This comes nearly eight weeks after the bureau first rejected, then downplayed, that the random shooting by an Egyptian gunman might have been a terrorist act.

The Falwell-Olmert Connection

Jerry Falwell to pray, raise funds for Israel.
Staff Writer
The faith may be different but the politics are the same. That's the bottom line when Evangelical Christian leader Rev. Jerry Falwell cohosts a huge prayer meeting to support Israel with Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert next month at Falwell's church in Lynchburg, Va. The event, called the "Jerusalem Prayer Summit," is designed to show support for Israel and raise money for terrorism victims in Jerusalem, according to press reports.

Flatbush Holy War

Staff Writer
Brian Burstin has been praying at Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush in Brooklyn since 1967, when he was 11. Before that, his parents were members at the stately yellow brick Modern Orthodox synagogue on Coney Island Avenue, near the busy Avenue J kosher shopping strip in the Midwood section. The shul's late Rabbi Leo Landman, one of only three spiritual leaders in the synagogue's 80-year-history, performed Burstin's wedding.

An Extreme Measure, Rarely Used

Staff Writer
In March, some 200 members of Brooklyn's Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush received an unusual letter. They were informed that three shul officers had been put in a form of religious excommunication called a seruv.

Petitioning For Campus Peace

Staff Writer
With tensions mounting on American campuses over anti-Semitism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict, hundreds of college presidents have signed onto a landmark petition calling for "intimidation-free" campuses. But the document itself has become the subject of controversy. That's because the statement, released by the American Jewish Committee, specifically mentions only intimidation against Jewish students. As a result, some university presidents have declined to sign.

Unfair Competition?

Staff Writer
Chanukah starts this weekend, but for some American Judaica merchants and artists the holiday season was over weeks ago. In fact, they say the Chanukah gift-buying season, traditionally a major source of their annual sales, never began. Besides the U.S. economic recession affecting many businesses, they are blaming another culprit: the proliferation of Israel expos and fairs promoting Israeli retailers and craftspeople being sponsored around the country by synagogues and Jewish community centers, with millions of dollars at stake.

Saudi Cleric's 'Poisonous Words'

Staff Writer
Like a runaway train, the assault on Judaism by prominent Islamic religious leaders keeps gaining momentum. The latest blow came last Friday when a top Saudi Arabian cleric called on Allah to kill the Jews, whom he described as "the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the killers of prophets and the grandsons of monkeys and pigs." Speaking in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest site, Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Sudais also called on Arabs to abandon peace efforts with Israel because they were "impossible."

School Chiefs Reject Divestment Call

Staff Writer
The presidents of Columbia University and Barnard College are publicly opposing a faculty-sponsored campaign calling for their institutions to divest from Israel. Lee Bollinger of Columbia and Judith Shapiro of Barnard issued written statements last week as a group of faculty and staff members prepared to lobby Columbia's Board of Trustees to endorse their divestment petition this week.
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