Harvard University is declining to say when it will make a decision about keeping a controversial $2.5 million gift to fund its first chair in Islamic religious studies at the divinity school. This follows media reports that an Arabic research center accused of promoting anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism was shut down recently by United Arab Emirates President Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who is funding the Harvard chair.
Preppy Izod clothing (those cotton polo shirts and windbreakers with the open-mouthed alligator logo) can now be found far from the tony Lacoste boutiques that cater to country-club crowds. The label is available downtown at Michael K., the new electronically enhanced, 22,000-square-foot urban-outerwear emporium on Broadway near Spring Street, that opened last weekend.
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Rabbi Milton Balkany, a Republican fund-raiser who reportedly raised $100,000 for President George W. Bush's campaign, was arrested Tuesday on federal fraud charges for allegedly misusing a $700,000 grant intended for disabled preschoolers. The rabbi, it is charged, used some of the money to pay his federal income taxes and life insurance premiums.
A rift has broken out between a New Jersey-based pro-Palestinian student group and a national pro-Palestinian organization, threatening a three-day Palestinian solidarity conference scheduled for Rutgers University in New Brunswick in October.
A spokeswoman for the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) confirmed that the group has voted to move its third annual national conference from Rutgers to Ohio State University because of "concerns about the capability of New Jersey Solidarity (NJS) to host this year's conference successfully."
Mel Gibson and his Icon Productions for weeks have been requiring viewers of his controversial film "The Passion" to sign a confidentiality agreement barring them from talking about the still-unfinished product.
That hasn't stopped the select group (mostly supportive Evangelicals, conservative Catholics and media personalities) from praising the film about the suffering and death of Jesus and revealing details in newspapers and on radio, television and the Internet.
Animal hide is a source of many joys of Judaism. After all, the Torah scroll itself is written on kosher parchment. Still, a celebration of this month's Tu b'Av holiday that featured djembe drums from Ghana was an unexpected experience for many who found themselves hitting the skins with abandon.