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Holiday Humor

10/08/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
If you're still in a High Holy Days state of mind, there's a place to turn on cable TV. “On the Jewish New Year, I get a migraine from my mother,” says comedian Caty Lazarus. “On the secular New Year, you get a hangover from champagne or vodka”

Barak Dampens Embassy Furor

The legislative storm over the Clinton administration’s defiance of a law requiring that the U.S. embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is intensifying. But there are also indications that lawmakers, responding to Prime Minister Ehud Barak&

08/25/2009
Washington Correspondent

Several pieces of legislation are in the hopper and letters criticizing the administration’s position are flying down Pennsylvania Avenue, but lawmakers who threatened to strip away the president’s authority to waive penalties under the original Jerusalem Embassy Act have apparently decided to hold their fire.

Meeting with Jewish members of Congress last week, Barak said a decision to force the embassy move now could have implications for the peace process he is trying to revive.

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Smooth Sailing

07/15/2005
Staff Writer
As word of the carnage in London spread last Thursday, Anthony Weiner was faced with a quandary. Proceeding with his campaign schedule for the day would demonstrate what he would later call "the aplomb" of citizens of England, Israel and New York in the face of terrorism. But on such a dire day, was it proper to hold a press conference on post-Olympics planning and an endorsement photo op with Brooklyn elected officials?

Nadler Seeking Retraction On Israel Bashing

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
Insisting he wasn't present while a witness slammed Israel during recent Judiciary Committee hearings, Rep. Jerrold Nadler is demanding a retraction from the New York Post for a column that claimed he sat by idly. "Was Jerry Nadler afraid of being booed live on C-Span if he'd raised an objection?" Eric Fettman had pondered in a June 23 op-ed.

Speaker Trying To Make Noise

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
It's 7:30 on an ordinary morning on the campaign trail, and Gifford Miller is at the 18th Avenue F station in Borough Park doing ordinary things like handing out fliers, trying to spend a moment or two with passers-by as they rush to catch their train. Each time he's wished good luck, the speaker of the City Council replies "You're my luck." An aide remarks about what a good line that is. After a while, Miller does something out of the ordinary when he bursts into song: "Kol od balevav, pnima, nefesh yehudi homiya ..."

UJA-Fed Programs Gain In Budget Passed By City

07/01/2005
Staff Writer
Preliminary reports on the city budget passed Tuesday night suggest good news for programs under the UJA-Federation network after the City Council restored $213 million in spending that had been cut by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The restored funding, an annual ritual between the mayor and Council, will provide more day-care slots and improved mental health programs at federation agencies that contract with the city, said Ron Soloway, the organization's top lobbyist.

Longtime Healer Needs Transplant

07/01/2005

Editorial Intern and Staff Writer
For more than 30 years, Michael Harris has dealt with death every day. As chief of pediatric oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, he treats countless children who have cancer and blood disorders. But now Harris, 61, who lives in Englewood, has to save his own life. In 1986, he accidentally pricked himself with a needle he had just used to draw blood from a patient -- he became infected with hepatitis C, a virus that attacks the liver.

Tolerance For Tourists

07/01/2005
Staff Writer
After providing sensitivity training to some 3,000 students, teachers and law enforcement officials over the past 18 months, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's New York Tolerance Center will open its doors to the public next week. But don't hop in a cab yet. Although the center (which strives to educate the public about respect, understanding and responsibility) is being promoted by the city's tourism bureau, NYC & Company, visits are by appointment, and only on Mondays. The center will organize groups of 30 to undergo a two and half-hour experience.

Pataki Embraces Anti-Semitism Fight

06/24/2005
Staff Writer
On his return from a European conference on intolerance, Gov. George Pataki last week called on Jewish leaders to keep him involved in their efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

Drive-By Swastikas In Brooklyn

06/17/2005
Staff Writer
Police in Brooklyn are looking for vandals who painted swastikas on numerous cars in the Midwood area early Friday, apparently from a moving vehicle. The swastikas were painted on the street-side of the vehicles, said Chaim Deutsch, president of the Flatbush Shomrim Volunteer Security Patrol. That, he said, indicated that the vandals were likely riding in a car.
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