In the opening salvo of what is expected to be a spirited war for New York’s Jewish vote, Democratic presidential contender Bill Bradley comes to town Monday night for an address to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate one of the most joyous days of the calendar, local law enforcement officials, communal leaders and professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact of alcohol-laden festivities on the growing problem of Orthodox substance abuse.
After years of being branded by Jewish organizations as an antagonist who has used anti-Semitic rhetoric, controversial activist Lenora Fulani wants to mend fences, she declared in an ad campaign this week.
“I am a bridge-builder,” Fulani wrote in an open letter that appeared Sunday in The New York Times as a full-page ad, and was to appear this week in other publications.
“It was a moment to speak out,” Fulani decided, because of recent criticism of a play staged by the All Stars Project theater troupe she helped found.
It wasn’t only the weatherman who rained on the annual Salute To Israel parade on Sunday. At least a half-dozen insurance companies declined to cover the event, causing the organizers to scramble until almost the last minute to find a carrier.
In the end, though, neither rain nor wind nor skittish insurers prevented an estimated 100,000 marchers — many of them schoolchildren — from participating in the 39th annual event, the largest parade in support of Israel.
by Adam Dickter & James D. Besser and Washington Correspondent
Who got to speak, and who didn’t? That was the question among elected officials during Monday’s historic Israel rally in Washington. Given the length of some speeches, had everyone who sought inclusion been allowed to the podium, the rally might still be going.
With more than 100,000 in attendance and live coverage on C-Span, the rally was an ideal platform on the national stage — particularly for those representing Jewish or conservative Christian areas.
The appointment of Rudolph Giuliani’s chief of staff and primary Jewish liaison as head of Giuliani’s political action committee is a strong vote of confidence by the mayor in Bruce Tietelbaum.
“The fact that the mayor chose Bruce shows he has nothing but the highest level of confidence in him,” said Deputy Mayor Randy Levine, another member of Giuliani’s close inner circle. “Bruce has been a valued member of the mayor’s team for a long time.”
In what may be his last appearance at a Jewish event as a United States senator, Alfonse D’Amato received an honor from the Knesset last week while praising the Holocaust survivors for whom he has attained wartime restitution.
“In the case of so many I spoke to, it was not a case of dollars and cents, it was a case of justice,” said D’Amato, speaking at the Manhattan offices of the World Jewish Congress Friday, where he was honored for his role in forcing Swiss Banks to settle the claims of Holocaust victims and their families.
Two Orthodox rabbinical groups conspired with a Brooklyn chasidic man to discredit his wife in a divorce proceeding, claims a lawsuit filed last month in state Supreme Court. Motivated by payoffs of as much as $50,000, the rabbis issued a document that disgraced Helen Chayie Sieger rather than assist in preparing a religious divorce, or get, allege Sieger and her lawyers, who are seeking at least $14 million in damages from the rabbis.
As he celebrates one of the narrowest political victories in New York state history, Eliot Spitzer finds himself frequently explaining why he spent more than $7 million of his family’s wealth to capture a job that currently pays $110,000.
The answer, he says, is simple. “In my view this is about as stupendous a position as one can imagine,” says the Democrat of the attorney general’s office.