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Four Convicted In New Square Scam

01/29/1999
Staff Writer
The son of the founder of the chasidic village of New Square was among four men convicted this week of stealing more than $11 million from federal education, housing and social service benefits programs in a decade-long scam. A federal jury in White Plains deliberated five days before reaching the verdict on three men from the Rockland County village and one man from Brooklyn.

Missionizing Jews Roils Presbyterians

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
A national grassroots campaign by Presbyterians to stop the Presbyterian Church USA from funding missionizing efforts against Jews is gaining steam following a Jewish Week report revealing the secret initiative embedded in the struggling mainline Protestant denomination. The issue threatens to split the Presbyterian Church between conservative and liberal factions, which already are locked in a fierce struggle over gay ordination, leading church officials told The Jewish Week.

‘Beautiful Day’ For Bono

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
What’s one of the world’s greatest rock stars doing at a Jewish benefit dinner? The answer came Monday night when Bono, the voice and wordsmith driving the fabulously popular band U2, became the first rock and roll personality to receive the Humanitarian Laureate Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Bono, a 43-year-old native of Dublin, was honored for his international campaign to raise public awareness of the AIDS epidemic killing millions in Africa and forgive the crushing monetary debt of poverty-stricken Third World countries.

‘Open Season On Jews’

05/11/2001
Staff Writer
World Jewry is facing an interfaith crisis with Christians and Muslims over the anti-Jewish tirade spouted by Bashar Assad in the presence of Pope John Paul II, who failed to repudiate the Syrian president. Anxious and irate Jewish leaders this week called for an unprecedented interfaith summit and dashed off letters imploring the Pope to renounce the stunning remarks by Assad. Experts say Assad has elevated anti-Jewish religious charges to dangerous levels.

Where The Jewish Money Went

11/06/1998
Staff Writer
While a religiously split Jewish community was verbally sparring over which U.S. Senate candidate to support, many notables were putting their money where their mouth was. They were contributing to what is being considered the most expensive Senate race in history, with about $33 million being spent. At the same time they were looking to support the candidate they felt meshed best with their own interests, whether it be the ultra-Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn or the Conservative and Reform Jews of Manhattan.

Medical Miracles

07/10/1998
Staff Writer
So a rabbi pays a sick call to a man suffering from an intestinal disease. The man is cursing God for his afflictions. “Idiot,” says the rabbi. “You would do better to pray for mercy for yourself.” Says the patient: “May God remove these sufferings from me and place them upon you.” Ba-da bum.

JCC Rampage Part Of ‘Pattern’ Of Hate

08/13/1999
Staff Writer
New York-area Jewish community centers moved swiftly Tuesday to increase security in response to the day’s shooting rampage at North Valley Jewish Community Center in the Los Angeles area. One Jewish leader declared the incident — the third attack on Jews and Jewish property in the United States in the last two months — to be part of a frightening trend.

Barak Subtly Shifts Balance Of Power

07/23/1999
Staff Writers
Striding across the opulent lobby of Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel last Sunday morning, Michael Sonnenfeldt, chair of the pro-peace Israel Policy Forum, spotted Malcolm Hoenlein, the top executive of the nation’s leading Jewish umbrella group — the 50-year-old Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “It seems like I’m always following you around,” joked Sonnenfeldt, a private investor with a linebacker’s build, extending his hand.

Expelled Christians: Israel Betrayed Us

11/12/1999
Staff Writer
Leaders of an apocalyptic Christian group expelled from Israel last week say they were betrayed by Israeli police, whom they had been helping to identify potentially violent Christian extremists. In an exclusive interview with The Jewish Week, the American-born Christians — three women and two men — also blamed the FBI for instigating Israeli police against evangelical Christians planning to witness the second coming of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem in the next millennium.

Brandeis Donors Exact Revenge For Carter Visit

02/16/2007

Editor At Large
Major donors to Brandeis University have informed the school they will no longer give it money in retaliation for its decision last month to host former President Jimmy Carter, a strong critic of Israel. The donors have notified the school in writing of their decisions — and specified Carter as the reason, said Stuart Eizenstat, a former aide to Carter during his presidency and a current trustee of Brandeis, one of the nation’s premier Jewish institutions of higher learning.
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