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Lauder’s Proposed Serb Deal Eyed

02/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer

They first met through Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought them together when both were supporting his ultimately successful 1993 bid to lead Israel’s Likud Party.

But this week, the booming business partnership that emerged between philanthropist and media mogul Ronald Lauder and Netanyahu campaign official Itzhak Fisher in 1994 took a controversial turn.

Syrit College Head Indicted

03/19/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Elliot Amsel, a key fund-raiser for indicted Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, was indicted himself last week on charges of embezzling $725,000 from Syrit College, the Brooklyn school he runs. The federal indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, also charged Rabbi Amsel with obstructing justice and evading income tax.

Fresh Rift Emerges Over War Response

01/06/2009 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

Beneath the surge of Jewish unity, as a broad spectrum of pro-Israel groups back Israel’s Gaza military surge, are differences over tactics, growing uncertainty over exactly how to express support for the embattled Jewish state and some of the sharpest skirmishes yet between “mainstream” Jewish organizations and the peace camp.

Suffering On Jewish Main Street

10/09/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Inside a Kew Gardens Hills spa that pampers its customers with manicures and facials, only a few women are having their nails done this morning. “Customers are not coming as often,” says the owner, a middle-aged woman with a Russian accent, declining to give her name. A year ago, she says, “there was always a waiting line.”

Celebrating On The Streets Of Jerusalem

10/23/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In recent months Christian supporters of Israel have come under increasing criticism from parts of the Jewish community who suspect Christians of harboring missionary or apocalyptic motives. Last week several thousand Christian supporters came to the Jewish state and expressed their continued support — with their feet.

Instead Of Golf, Pounding The Pavement

10/23/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A recession doesn’t take a holiday, but this month’s succession of Jewish holidays has delayed the full effect of the economic crisis in New York City’s Jewish community, say representatives of the largest Jewish-sponsored employment counseling and referral organization. Wait until next month.

O'Connor: 'Remember Me As A Friend'

04/15/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In what may be his last official Passover message to Jews, John Cardinal O'Connor, the spiritual leader for millions of New York Catholics, sent out a heartfelt letter to Jewish colleagues saying he is ashamed of the hateful actions of Catholics in the past, and asks that he be remembered by Jews as their friend. The 78-year-old archbishop, who suggests that he will retire early next year, wrote that at Passover, he is reminded of "the steadfast faith of Jews throughout the generations."

Courier In Drug Case Surrenders In U.S.

04/15/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A Brooklyn native voluntarily returned to New York from Israel and pleaded guilty for his role in a drug-money laundering scandal involving members of the Bobover chasidic sect, two prominent Orthodox community leaders and a Colombian cartel. In the unusual scenario, Michael Halberstam agreed to a plea bargain last month with the office of the U.S. Attorney's Eastern District. His surrender contrasts with recent episodes (notably the Samuel Sheinbein murder case) in which the United States has attempted to extradite Americans from Israel.

Yoffie Renews Call For Outreach

04/22/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Admitting that his Reform movement's controversial 20-year-old outreach program has failed to reach its potential, Rabbi Eric Yoffie has called for new efforts to bring Reform Judaism to tens of thousands of unaffiliated North American Jews and intermarried couples. "We have not accomplished all that we should have," Rabbi Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), told about 75 Reform officials at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue last Sunday, while addressing a 20th anniversary celebration of the denomination's outreach program.
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