The Palestinian Authority's recent seizure of a monastery in the West Bank town of Jericho raises "serious concerns" about its ability to govern fairly, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani charged Tuesday, flanked by Russian Orthodox clerics and Jewish representatives.
"Unfortunately, this outlines some of the serious problems with regard to a jurisdiction that doesnít provide equal rights," said the Republican mayor and likely U.S. Senate candidate. "[The PA] isn't a system of law, isn't a democracy, it isn't a lawful regime in that sense."
During a stroll in the summer of 1993, Gabor Baross noticed a crumbling building in southeast Hungary.
Baross, director of the National Hungarian Choral in Budapest, was leading a first-time musical festival in Kunszentmarton, a farming village of 11,000.
The two-story building was the Kunszentmarton synagogue, not used as a Jewish house of worship for some 30 years. The grass outside was as tall as him.Baross went inside. "The roof was broken. Everything was down. Only fragments remained intact."
Baross decided to renovate the building.
In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.
The notification, included in this year's application, marks the first such written statement of policy in the 53-year history of the Camp Ramah system, said its national director, Rabbi Sheldon Dorph.
Groucho Marx once said he would never join a club that would accept him as a member. Presumably, he knew what the requirements were for joining.
But that's apparently not the case with the nation's premier America Jewish umbrella group, the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, at least according to one Jewish organization. Meretz USA, a group supporting civil rights and peace in Israel, says it can't get into the President's Conference, and worse, hasn't been able to find out why.
At the Society for the Advancement of Judaism on the Upper West Side, students in the Hebrew school are learning to paint murals on biblical themes. The children are having fun, say parents.
In response to intermarriage, the Reform Temple of Suffern in Rockland County is trying to strengthen the entire synagogue community with intensive family programs.
For 13 years the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, a now-independent organization, has provided moral and financial support to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
As the generation of rescuers passes away, the foundation faces the problem of how to continue to honor their memory.
Its solution: education.