Irving Stone, a greeting card executive and philanthropist who funded the best-selling, modern English translation of the Torah, died Monday at University Hospitals in Cleveland after a long illness. He was 90.
Mr. Stone, founder-chairman of American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland, endowed four major educational programs at Yeshiva University and supported a wide variety of Jewish and Israeli causes.
Rabbi Sholom Klass, who founded The Jewish Press 40 years ago and built the weekly newspaper into a leading, and often controversial, voice of the Orthodox community, died this week at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn after a long illness. He was 83 and lived in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn.
Rabbi Klass, who grew up in Williamsburg, was ordained by Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. He was a co-publisher of The Brooklyn Daily newspaper before starting The Jewish Press in 1960.
by Stewart Ain and Eric J. Greenberg |
At a time when U.S. authorities are warning Americans about the potential danger for Y2K terrorism, Jewish leaders said there was no indication that Jews are being singled out for attack.
“Sources in law enforcement have not indicated to us that there are any credible threats against Jewish targets in New York,” said Michael Miller, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in New York.
Orlando, Fla. — In a continued effort to spiritually reinvigorate its 1.5 million adherents and bring young people back into the pews, the Reform movement plans to revolutionize its prayer services, stressing more Hebrew and new American-style music.
James Besser |
In Boston, Jewish groups worried about the plight of the herring recently lobbied the state legislature to repair fish ladders along the Charles River.
In California, kosher vintners are trying to convince consumers that reciting kiddush over wine made from organic grapes is more consistent with the spirit of Judaism than using wine made from grapes produced under modern agribusiness conditions.
James Besser |
It was a typical week in Washington: Congress and the administration were playing chicken over the budget, Republicans and Democrats were hurling accusations as fast as their fax machines could spew out press releases, and lobbyists were whispering seductive promises and dark threats. In short, it was business as usual in the nation’s capital.
But Abba Cohen had something else in mind when he met with aides to Sen. Don Nichols (R-Okla.), the sponsor of a controversial bill barring assisted suicide.