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Talk To Syria Now, Says Syrian Jewish Maverick

11/24/2006
Editor At Large
In a surprising move, a leader of Brooklyn's large, generally hawkish Syrian Jewish community has lambasted Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for refusing to talk with Syria, as pressure built on multiple fronts on Washington and Jerusalem to dialogue with Damascus. Jack Avital, a longtime confidante of Ariel Sharon and chairman of the Sephardic National Alliance, told The Jewish Week last week he planned to publish an open letter to Olmert laying out his case against Israel's rejection of such talks to the Syrian Jewish community.

Pro-Israel Money Will Stick With Joe

08/11/2006

Editor At Large
Pro-Israel money will help give Joe Lieberman the ability to run a serious race if he sticks with his vow to make an independent bid to keep his Senate seat, according to political insiders and some pro-Israel donors themselves. This support, they said, will counterbalance the evaporation of political backing Lieberman will now likely experience from his Democratic Party colleagues with the victory Tuesday of his primary opponent in Connecticut, Ned Lamont.

Job Losses Mount for Well-Off in Community

11/18/2009
Staff Writer

Bob S., a 50-year-old computer specialist from Scarsdale, was laid off from his $175,000-a-year job in March after years of steady employment. He, his wife and their two children began living off the family’s savings, canceled their vacation plans and began eating all their meals at home.

Job seekers line up in Midtown outside a job fair. Middle- and upper-middle-class Jewish men appear to be among the hardest hit

Lauder’s Challenge: Where To Lead WJC?

06/15/2007
Editor At Large
Seizing the reins of an historic organization riven by bitter feuds and charges of wrongdoing, cosmetics heir and philanthropist Ronald Lauder faces an array of daunting decisions to make about the World Jewish Congress.

‘Source Of Inspiration’

12/10/2008
Staff Writer
Richard Scheuer, a real estate executive and philanthropist who spent his retirement years in Jewish communal affairs, as an active supporter of several Reform institutions, Israeli archaeology and The Jewish Museum, died on Nov. 7. A resident of Larchmont, he was 91, and succumbed to heart failure after surgery.

Web Of Roots

08/13/1999
Staff Writer
Afew dozen people showed up when Bruce Kahn gave his first speech on on-line Jewish genealogical research in 1993. The setting was the annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS). Kahn, then a research scientist at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and a founder of the city's JGS branch, predicted that the Internet would revolutionize genealogical research. "People thought I was crazy," he says.

Mortimer Propp, UJA Founder, Dies At 95

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
Mortimer Propp, a philanthropist who was the last living founder of the United Jewish Appeal, died on April 24. A resident of Mamaroneck and Manhattan, he was 95.

Racing To Rescue Falash Mura

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
In a small village in the Gondar section of northern Ethiopia, Joel Tauber witnessed a reunion last week. An Ethiopian Jew who left that village as a child two decades ago, walking hundreds of miles to neighboring Sudan to join an airlift that brought him and thousands of other Ethiopian Jews to Israel, returned home. With emotional hugs he met some old friends, members of Ethiopia's Falash Mura community, who are still living in the village.

Preston Robert Tisch, 79

11/18/2005
Staff Writer
Preston Robert Tisch, a member of the philanthropic Tisch family and co-owner of the New York Giants football team for 14 years, died Tuesday of brain cancer at his Manhattan home. He was 79. Mr. Tisch was the brother of Laurence Tisch, one-time chairman of CBS, who died in 2003. Together they built a multibillion-dollar business empire and donated to an array of institutions, including New York University's arts school and medical center, which are named for the Tisch family.
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