Avital Sharansky, one of the stars of the Soviet Jewry movement who faded by her own choice after advocating tirelessly for the release of her husband, Natan, from Soviet prison, will step back into public view, for one night, next week.
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Tuesday seemed like any other day for Sheldon Silver as he went about his business in Albany, announcing the Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act, to increase access to college financial aid for immigrant students.
Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims — nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive fraud scheme.
Karen Hochberg, who founded a Memorial Day weekend march for Israel in her Jamaica Estates neighborhood a dozen years ago, now coordinates larger-scale marches around the world for the nonprofit group Afikim to honor Israel’s anniversary.
Questions were being raised this week about the actions of the Claims Conference in its handling of a 2001 “smoking gun” letter that spelled out details of the fraud that ended up costing the Claims Conference $57.3 million.
A former senior employee of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and two codefendants were convicted last Wednesday in Manhattan federal court of helping defraud the organization out of $57.3 million intended for Jewish victims of the Holocaust.