Eric J. Greenberg

Young Israel KO'd On Building Sale

09/12/2003
Staff Writer
Bad math equals no sale. That's what an acting state Supreme Court justice ruled Monday when she rejected the National Council of Young Israel's request to sell its six-story headquarters in Manhattan's Flatiron District building to a condominium developer for $5.4 million. Debra James said NCYI did not properly count the votes from its board of directors meeting when NCYI officers approved the sale at a Nov. 14, 2002 board meeting.

Terror Alert System Set For Jewish Community

09/12/2003
Staff Writer
The first national Jewish emergency warning system will be launched within the next few weeks, enabling Jewish leaders to communicate quickly during a terrorist threat or attack, The Jewish Week has learned. It is believed to be the first crisis alert system serving a specific community in the United States. The project, called Secure Community Alert Network, or SCAN, includes the leading Jewish organizations in the nation, as well as hundreds of Jewish community centers, federations and educational institutions.

Harvard Still Mum On Accepting Donation

09/05/2003
Staff Writer
Harvard University is declining to say when it will make a decision about keeping a controversial $2.5 million gift to fund its first chair in Islamic religious studies at the divinity school. This follows media reports that an Arabic research center accused of promoting anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism was shut down recently by United Arab Emirates President Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who is funding the Harvard chair.

Fox Drops 'The Passion'

09/05/2003
Staff Writer
Twentieth Century Fox will not distribute the controversial film "The Passion," Mel Gibson's take on the death of Jesus. The announcement by Fox, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, came as a small group led by Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind protested at Fox News Corp. headquarters in Manhattan on Aug. 28. Some interfaith scholars have warned that "The Passion" could fuel anti-Semitism because of its portrayal of Jews as being behind Jesus' crucifixion.

Into The Interfaith Fray

09/05/2003
Staff Writer
Islamic anti-Semitism is increasing. Roman Catholic leaders are eerily silent about Mel Gibson's filmed Passion play and its negative portrayal of Jews. Southern Baptists are reaffirming their call to convert Jews. Stepping into this current state of interfaith affairs comes David Elcott, who this week assumes the post of U.S. director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee. But Elcott, a 54-year-old California native who has spent most of his career in Jewish communal work, says he's excited to assume the post, which has been vacant for a year.

Thou Shalt Lie Low

08/29/2003
Staff Writer
"What are you doing Alabama? You got the rest of the union to help you along What's going wrong?" Neil Young, "Alabama," 1972 Alabama's small Jewish community has been watching the "Decalogue Debacle" with a mixture of grit and grimace.

ADL: 'Passion' Secrecy Pact 'Selectively Applied'

08/29/2003
Staff Writer
Mel Gibson and his Icon Productions for weeks have been requiring viewers of his controversial film "The Passion" to sign a confidentiality agreement barring them from talking about the still-unfinished product. That hasn't stopped the select group (mostly supportive Evangelicals, conservative Catholics and media personalities) from praising the film about the suffering and death of Jesus and revealing details in newspapers and on radio, television and the Internet.

Rutgers Rift

08/29/2003
Staff Writer
A rift has broken out between a New Jersey-based pro-Palestinian student group and a national pro-Palestinian organization, threatening a three-day Palestinian solidarity conference scheduled for Rutgers University in New Brunswick in October. A spokeswoman for the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) confirmed that the group has voted to move its third annual national conference from Rutgers to Ohio State University because of "concerns about the capability of New Jersey Solidarity (NJS) to host this year's conference successfully."

Her Last Act Was A Prayer

08/22/2003
Staff Writer
Goldie Taubenfeld left her home in the upstate chasidic village of New Square last Sunday to travel to Israel to celebrate a family wedding, as many American Jews do. In tow were husband Moshe Menachem and two of their 13 children, 16-year-old daughter Batsehva and son Shmuel, barely 6 months old. On Tuesday, a day after the wedding, the 43-year-old mother brought her children to pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's umbilical cord to its Holy Temple, destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago. That was her last act.

Gibson To Launch 'Jewish Initiative'

08/22/2003
Staff Writer
Fallout continues this week over Mel Gibson's upcoming film "The Passion," about the violent death of Jesus, following a blistering review by the Anti-Defamation League and other viewers after a screening in Houston. New developments include:
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