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Israel Gala Postponed

05/16/2003
Staff Writer
A gala concert in Washington marking Israel's 55th anniversary, which was to feature several prominent entertainers but apparently not the leaders of the American and Israeli governments, has been postponed. The Spirit of Israel Concert, sponsored by the newly formed Israel Forever Foundation, had been scheduled for Monday, May 19, in the capital's 21,000-seat MCI Center. It will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, the night before Chanukah starts.

Making Jewish Strides

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
Belgrade: With some 3,300 Jews, Serbia, now unified with neighboring Montenegro, has one of the smallest Jewish communities in Europe. Like the other once-communist countries in Eastern and Central Europe, Serbia has experienced an increase in Jewish life since communism fell a decade ago, with a growing number of Jews affiliating with the organized Jewish community and returning to Jewish traditions.

Boffo In Belgrade

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
Belgrade: Svetogorska Street is crowded tonight. Across from the Karenjim clothing store and a small food kiosk, scores of Serbians, some in jeans, some in business suits and dresses, walk up a wide set of stairs, through the front door, and file down a narrow staircase to a room where an old Jewish man, a black kipa atop his head, sits on a ratty, overstuffed chair. Soon there is a knock at the door. And another night of "Visiting Mr. Green," something of a Jewish cultural phenomenon in a land where there are few Jews, is under way.

This Year In Belgrade

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
Belgrade: "Don't be offended," said the rabbi's wife on the telephone, "but..." It was the part after the "but" that had me worried.

Volunteering To Treat Victims

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
Last year Dr. Daniel Branovan, a Russian-born physician who serves as director of residency training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, treated, for free, a teenager injured in a terrorist bombing in Haifa. Last month he donated his medical services to another victim of terrorism. Now he is encouraging his colleagues to do the same thing.

A Night Of Guarding

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
A year ago they came to the Park Hotel for the seder, to remember ancient sorrows, the Hebrews' enslavement in ancient Egypt and their eventual liberation. This year the memories (and the wounds) were fresher. A year after the terrorism attack that took 29 lives and wounded 100 and triggered Israel's Operation Defensive Shield against terrorist leaders in the West Bank, Passover was observed again in the resort along the Mediterranean.

Simon Wiesenthal Retiring: Again

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
Simon Wiesenthal, who tracked down Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and has earned the reputation as the world's foremost Nazi hunter, doesn't seem the shy and retiring type. But he retires frequently. The 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, who told a British newspaper two years ago that he was stepping down from his work at his Documentation Center in Vienna, was quoted by an Austrian magazine last week as saying again that his work is done.

Sign Of Harsh Times

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Clichy-sous-Bois, France: A rabbi is stabbed in nearby Paris and Jack Bouccara thinks about the safety of his own congregation's rabbi. A car explodes near a Jewish school in Paris and Bouccara worries about his synagogue, a three-minute walk from his home. French President Jacques Chirac announces that 700 French synagogues and other Jewish sites will need police protection if the American war against Iraq breaks out, and Bouccara fears that his synagogue might come under attack. Again.

Dangerous Liaisons

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Paris: Mohamed Sifaoui has a price on his head and a book on the best-seller list. Three years after he left his native Algeria, the Muslim journalist began to serendipitously infiltrate France's extremist Islamic circles last fall. Sifaoui spent four months with the followers of al Qaeda, praying with them and listening to them discuss attacks, secretly taping them. The result was a book and two television documentaries: and a new life as a marked man.

On Solid Ground

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Yisrael Schachter was a bystander during Operation Torah Shield, when a few hundred students from Yeshiva University and Stern College for Women flew to Israel on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War on a solidarity and learning program. "I was too young," in elementary school, he says. His father, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a rosh yeshiva at YU, and three sisters joined the mission. During Torah Shield II, during Intifada II a year ago, Schachter was a participant.
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