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Planning For The 21st Century

05/07/1999
Staff Writer
It may be the most comprehensive survey of the Jewish people since Moses counted the Jews as recorded in the Book of Numbers. Researchers this week said they sent out nearly 900 draft copies of the ambitious $4 million National Jewish Population Survey to an array of Jewish organizations for their input. Many believe the 250-question poll will set the agenda for the American Jewish community for the 21st century.

Cooling The Campus Heat

05/10/2002
Staff Writer
New York University's Office of Student Life was the scene of a peace negotiation last week that Colin Powell can only dream about. On one side of Sally Arthur, assistant vice president for student life, sat two leaders of a pro-Israel Jewish student group called TorchPAC. On the other side sat two officials from the pro-Palestinian Arab Student Union, the largest Arab student group at the Greenwich Village institution.

Petitioning For Campus Peace

10/11/2002
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.

Conversion Diversion

11/15/2002
Staff Writer
To save or not to save Jews. That is the question suddenly embroiling leading Catholic theologians. On one side are progressive Catholic scholars who believe that in the 21st century it is no longer theologically acceptable to include Jews in the Church's global mission of conversion. That would mean accepting that Jews have their own legitimate path to salvation. Rejecting this historic new approach are traditional Catholic leaders who insist that Jews still ultimately need to accept the divinity of Jesus to be saved, and Catholics must continue to proselytize them.

A Painful Blast From The Past

11/21/2008
Staff Writer
Nearly three decades after the first fatal attack on French Jewry since World War II, the Jews of France are reliving a horror and expressing thanks. The horror: a terrorist attack on the Rue Copernic synagogue in October 1980 that claimed four lives. The thanks: for the arrest of a Canadian professor accused of the bombing.

The Idealism, And Realism, Of King Hussein

11/21/2008
Staff Writer
During the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.

The Idealism, And Realism, Of King Hussein

11/21/2008
Staff Writer
During the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.

Holy Toledo!

12/19/2008
Staff Writer
Philadelphia — Aviva Koloski, a junior at Stern Hebrew High School here, plays on her Modern Orthodox day school’s girls’ basketball team, but she never considered playing basketball in college. Because of various halachic restrictions, “I never would have thought it was possible for an Orthodox Jewish girl to play basketball” at the collegiate level, she said. Today, Koloski is giving the matter another thought.

Charles Liebman, 69; Leading Political Scientist

09/12/2003
Staff Writer
Charles Liebman, winner of the 2003 Israel Prize in political science and one of the world's leading analysts of Israeli and American Jewish communities, died last week of a heart attack in Israel. He was 69. Mr. Liebman, a longtime professor at Bar-Ilan University's Department of Political Science, earned Israel's version of the Nobel Prize for his pioneering research on religion and society, and on Israel and world Jewry.
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