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American Cantors To Perform At Vatican

11/08/2010 - 19:00

Twenty cantors of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) will present for the first time a concert of Jewish music at the Basilica of Santa Marie degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome on Nov. 16 before Vatican officials, hoping to use music as another way to achieve closer relations between Catholics and Jews.

Curtains For Ariel Boycott?

As new theater opens the season, Lieberman vows to penalize government-funded artists who refuse to appear in settlements.
11/08/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Calls by Israeli artists and intellectuals and, subsequently, their international counterparts not to perform in Jewish settlements appeared to lose steam this week, once the Beersheva Theater Company kicked off the season at the new performing arts center in Ariel in front of a full house.

Even so, the national brouhaha surrounding the artistic boycott shows no signs of letting up.

The Cameri Theater will stage three plays at the new performing arts center in Ariel.

Liberal Legislative Outlook Is ‘Daunting’

11/08/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With more than 60 House seats and 650 state legislature seats changing hands and decades-long office holders of all political stripes losing their jobs, we’re still coming to grips with what happened in last week’s congressional midterm elections, let alone what it means for the future.

In A Divided Government, Forging A Centrist Agenda

11/08/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The tectonic plates of power underneath the nation’s capital are radically shifting in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections. Everyone in Washington — from the White House to industry associations to public interest groups and more — is still assessing the fate of the issues they care about in light of the new lay of the land, and the Jewish community is no exception. The good news is, for many of the issues that we care about, the shift from one-party rule to divided government offers opportunities, albeit with challenges, too.

What About the Jewish Baby Boomers?

11/07/2010 - 19:00
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- As America’s 77 million baby boomers retire, they will place an unprecedented burden on the Jewish community’s infrastructure.

They will need more services, and many will want to become involved in a community that isn't making room for them.

The federation system in particular needs to meet the challenge -- and now, as the oldest boomers turn 65 next year -- or face losing the wealthiest and most highly educated generation in American Jewish history.

Biden at G.A.: U.S.-Israel Ties ‘Unbreakable’

11/07/2010 - 19:00

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – Vice President Joe Biden called the U.S.-Israel bond "unbreakable" in a speech to thousands of Jews at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

Speaking at the opening plenary of the annual federations conference in New Orleans, Biden said that despite tensions that may seem to exist between the Obama administration and Israel, the tensions do not imply a weakening of ties between the two countries.

Netanyahu in U.S. to Meet With Jewish Leaders, Administration Officials

11/06/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address Jewish leaders and meet with U.S. administration officials.

Netanyahu landed in New Orleans Sunday morning after leaving Israel the previous night on an El Al charter flight with his wife, Sara, and their son Yair, who is on an authorized leave from his army posting in the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Office.

After Vote Counting Glitch, Altschuler Now Leads LI Congressional Race

11/06/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The close congressional race on the East End of Long Island, which incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop appeared likely to win, is now up in the air after the Suffolk County Board of Elections found it had misreported the unofficial results by nearly 4,000 votes.

Republican challenger Randy Altschuler, who if he wins would become the second Jewish Republican in the House, is now reported to be in the lead by 383 votes. Bishop had initially been reported to be ahead by 3,461 votes.

The Chosen: Jewish Members in the 112th U.S. Congress

11/04/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The following is a list of the 39 Jewish members -- 12 senators and 27 representatives -- who are expected to serve in the 112th U.S. Congress, which is set to convene in January:

U.S. SENATE

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)*

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)**

Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

Andrew Cuomo: The Lost Interview

11/04/2010 - 20:00

In early September 2002, Andrew Cuomo, struggling to gain traction in a Democratic primary battle against state comptroller H. Carl McCall, visited The Jewish Week for an extensive interview. The interview was set to run alongside one with McCall when, on Sept. 3, Cuomo suddenly dropped out of the race, under pressure from fellow Democrats to avoid splitting the party and to present a united front against Republican George Pataki, who would defeat McCall to win a third term in office. As a result, the below interview was never published.

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