U.S. officials are condemning as “discriminatory” a draft bill by Poland’s parliament that would block Holocaust survivors from reclaiming billions of dollars in private property confiscated by the Nazis and Communists 50 years ago.
The proposed legislation by Poland’s Sejm, or lower house of parliament, would restrict property claims to Polish citizens who have lived in the country for the last five years — effectively barring claims from Jewish and non-Jewish Polish survivors, or their heirs, now living in America or elsewhere.
Ariel Eber, goaltender for the U.S. women’s field hockey team in the Maccabiah Games four years ago slipped while walking down a flight of stairs the day before her team’s gold medal game. She broke her ankle.
The next day, she was in goal. She decided to play, in pain, she says, because “I was the only goalie” on the squad. “That’s what painkillers are for.”
Her coach agreed with her decision.
Her coach is her mother.
All those Sunday press conferences must be paying off. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Brooklyn Democrat who became a statewide official in 1998 with his upset of Republican Al D'Amato, is emerging as one of the most popular figures in the Empire State, according to the latest poll from Marist College.
The survey of 912 voters found that Schumer would beat Gov. George Pataki either in a 2004 contest for Schumer's Senate seat (55-39 percent) or in a gubernatorial matchup (50-43 percent).
Sergio Della Pergola is one of the world’s leading demographers and a specialist in world Jewry. A former chairman and professor of population studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he now holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the university.
Della Pergola, 57, is also a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, an independent think tank in Jerusalem. He has published numerous books and hundreds of papers on such things as Jewish identification and population projections in the diaspora and Israel.
In a move widely seen as a victory for the centrist element of Modern Orthodoxy, and despite rabbinic opposition, Richard Joel, 52, was elected president of Yeshiva University late Thursday night, Dec. 5. In the spring he will succeed Dr. Norman Lamm, who has led the flagship institution of the movement since 1976.
Thousands of New York Jews had a taste of the Israel historical experience last night at Radio City Music Hall, from confrontation (they first had to pass loud protesters across the street from the theater, many of them young Jews, proclaiming "Free Palestine," and calling Israel a murderous state) to remembrance (the Israel at 60 program began with prayers for the state's fallen soldiers and terror victims, and a bittersweet song by Amit Farkash, the sister of a young Israeli pilot killed in the 2006 Lebanon War).
Six months after the shooting stopped, Israel’s less than fully successful war in Lebanon continues to have diplomatic repercussions.
This week the State Department sent Congress a report saying that Israel “may have” violated restrictions placed on the use of cluster bombs during the war.