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Soon after John Ruskay took over the helm of UJA-Federation of New York in 1999, he gave a major address based on the notion, then prevalent, that Israel had reached a point in its history when peace seemed imminent. With the Oslo peace process at its high point, Ruskay said it was time to turn the Jewish communal agenda inward, to needs closer to home.
For years, the modest dress of Satmar chasidim, and their request that visitors dress in kind, was seen by some non-Jews as Amish-like charming, by some liberal Jews as annoying or religious bullying, and within their own Satmar world as a gentle way to bring holiness to something as ordinary as the length of a sleeve or socks.
Brooklyn College bungled the handling of an anti-Israel forum two months ago, allowing for the unjustified ouster of four Jewish students attending the event, according to a report issued Friday by the City University of New York.