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Can We Afford To Make Others A Priority?

JTS professor’s article touches off generational debate over parochial vs. universal interests.
03/09/2010 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

A leading observer of the American Jewish scene says it is “madness” that Jewish communal institutions seem more focused these days on helping non-Jews than Jews.

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Faith Complex: Michael Eric Dyson on "White Panic" Part 1

Berkleycenter — November 18, 2009 — "I think there's a real sense that, yes, there's tremendous hope and possibility but there's also the reality and specter or race."

In this episode of Faith Complex, University Professor Michael Eric Dyson discusses how race plays a part in understanding the challenges facing the Obama administration. Dr. Dyson also discusses Obama's theology and the importance of Reverend Jeremiah Wright in influencing many of Obama's beliefs.

Sderot Rage Reaches Olmert’s Office

02/12/2008 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — After years of repeated rocket attacks, the outrage of Sderot reached the doorsteps of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and brought Israel to the brink of a long-delayed invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Rice Now Wants To Be ‘Honest Broker’

03/29/2007 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Before the final press event of Condoleezza Rice’s latest four-day visit in the Middle East, stride piano blues piped into the room perked up a news conference hall half-full with journalists yawning at the early hour and the U.S.’s latest attempt at high profile Arab-Israeli diplomacy. Call it the shuttling secretary stomp.

Four-Way Tug Of War

01/29/2008 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Ramallah, West Bank — The crisis of Rafah’s open border morphed into a four-way diplomatic power struggle this week that reinforced Hamas’ ascendance in the rivalry against President Mahmoud Abbas’ weaker Palestinian Authority.

A Palestinian Authority official said Abbas wants the Egyptians to help him deploy some 200 to 300 of his presidential guard forces along the border in order to uphold the Palestinian commitments under a U.S.-brokered agreement with Israel that’s supposed to keep the passages open.

Can Olmert Survive Winograd?

01/15/2008 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Yakum, Israel — It’s been nearly 16 months since the guns along the border with Lebanon have fallen silent, but the last chapter in Israel’s bungled war against Hezbollah has yet to be closed.

The political fate of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the emotional baggage of dozens of bereaved parents will be riding on the conclusions of the Winograd Commission’s report on the war, which are scheduled to be released on Jan. 30.

Shalit’s Father Struggles With Hope

01/08/2008 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Hila, Israel — Amid a flurry of reports about possible progress in prisoner-swap talks to secure the release of kidnapped Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit, his father Noam says he won’t get his hopes up despite signs of encouragement.

“It has only just started to move. It hasn’t reached an agreement. It has a much longer road to go,” he told The Jewish Week in an interview at the Shalit family home in this northern Israel hamlet.

Policing The Police

11/06/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jericho, West Bank — Dressed in freshly pressed uniforms, officers stroll through the new school toting briefcases stuffed with course packs for classes in information technology and Hebrew.

Wake-up is at 5 a.m., and the daily schedule includes lineups, weight training and lectures. It is a place of order, discipline and timetables — concepts not usually associated with the Palestinian security forces.

Goodbye To All That

03/07/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Kibbutz Ga’ash, Israel — Its paint peeling and windows boarded up, the original cafeteria on this kibbutz looks like an abandoned shack. Nearby, the first chicken coop has been converted into seedy artist studios.

Shidduch Chic

06/18/1998 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Suddenly, it’s hip to be square in the Holy Land. Since the beginning of the year in Old Katamon, a historic, tree-lined neighborhood here, at least two dozen singles in their 30s and 40s have announced their engagements.

Although there is nothing unusual about Israelis getting hitched (by the age of 40 more than 90 percent have been married at least once), many, perhaps most of the above-mentioned brides and grooms met their soulmates through a professional or amateur matchmaker.

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