Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider, here to run in Sunday's New York Marathon, said he met with Jewish leaders the following day to correct "prejudicial" reports spread about him by his political enemies.
"All of the meetings ... with ethnic minorities, with Jewish groups, with representatives of the Jewish community have been really successful," he told The Jewish Week. "It makes me happy that we could show them that there is no sign of danger, that there is a sign of hope for them because we are the power to enforce democracy in Austria."
A free comprehensive guide that describes the dozens of compensation and restitution programs available to Holocaust survivors is being made available by Jewish social service agencies nationwide.
In the New York area, 13 agencies will be distributing the 50-page booklet prepared by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. It explains the current and pending restitution and compensation programs, the criteria for eligibility and how to apply.
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
Nearly three decades ago, a number of Jewish student activists were planning to stage a public protest in front of the offices of the Jewish Federation of New York. They were seeking funding for Jewish education and an increased emphasis on Jewish values, but John Ruskay, then a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, decided not to participate with his friends.Not because he didn’t support their cause, but because he felt it was useless to try to change the federation system. Better, he argued, to create alternative organizations.
You can't please all the people all the time, but Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to be trying her best when it comes to her trip to Israel this week.
The first lady and near-certain Senate candidate was to visit the Western Wall, as well as the wife of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, following reports that she would steer clear of East Jerusalem and Arafat during her two-day journey.
Clinton insisted this week that reports of her itinerary were premature, and no political considerations were involved in the planning.
The patriarch Abraham, according to Jewish tradition, helped shape Eastern religions. After the death of Sarah, his first wife, he married Ketura and had six sons, to whom, the Torah states, he “gave gifts … and sent them … to the east country.” The gifts, commentators say, were spiritual teachings that grew into Eastern religions.
A renowned member of one Eastern faith — Hindu — came west this week, to New York City, to praise the continuing Jewish influence on his religion.
In an unprecedented public display of unity, the leaders of America's four major Jewish seminaries signed a letter of protest to the head of the Southern Baptist Convention decrying its new support of "deceptive" tactics to convert Jews.