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West Bank Settlers Bracing For Worst As Freeze End Nears

As clock runs down on building moratorium, West Bank residents in limbo about Bibi’s next move.
08/10/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

 Beit El, West Bank — Two months ago this settlement was the site of a violent clash, when residents sought to block Israeli security forces from enforcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement freeze by demolishing the foundations of a building.

A new school in the community of Beit El was the site of a clash between residents and soldiers.

Washington Heights Jews Caught In A Growth Bind

As the affordable neighborhood increasingly attracts young families, can it be more than a stepping stone to the suburbs?
08/10/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Young couples and families are flooding into Washington Heights, drawn by affordable rents, convenient commutes and a vibrant Jewish community. And they are changing the look and feel of what used to be referred to as Frankfurt on the Hudson for its concentration of German Jews.

The question on people’s lips these days is, will those young families stay in the Heights, putting down roots there, or will they move on?

Every summer sees a Jewish “outflux” from Washington Heights, says Anat Coleman, who works at the neighborhood's JCC.

Fallout Continues Over Ground Zero Mosque

TV host returns award to ADL; Wiesenthal Center rabbi says Islamic center's location is "insensitive" as plans move forward.
08/09/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

 

The Anti-Defamation League continued to weather harsh public reaction to its position against the Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the 9/11 attack this week.

CNN host and Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, citing the group's mosque position returned the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize that was bestowed on him by the ADL in 2005, along with the $10,000 prize, saying “I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both.”

Cash back: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria shocked the ADL by returning a $10,000 award over the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

For Jews And Arabs, A Focus On Friendship

At photography program, Israeli teens formed close bonds even as they differed sharply over politics, they say in New York visit.
08/09/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Neri Danon and Danielle Shimoni, both 17-year-olds from Israel’s north-central region, have spent the past year forming close friendships with Arab youth who, like them, are citizens of the Jewish state. But both expressed pain and confusion last week over the idea that some of their friends don’t regard themselves as Israelis.

Islam Zeidan.

Tony Judt, Zionist Who Became Israel Critic, Dies At 62

NYU scholar, who accused the ADL of stifling him in 2006 clash, suffered from ALS.
08/09/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Tony Judt, the British social historian who was an avid Zionist as a teenager and an outspoken critic of Israel as an adult, died Aug. 6 in his Manhattan home of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 62.

Tony Judt: Recently criticized Israel for Gaza flotilla reaction.

Mating Patterns and Jewish Anthropology

08/09/2010 - 20:00
JInsider

With all of its obstacles, complexities and quirks, the search for a soul mate is one of the most exhausting and frustrating processes in modern Jewish society. In celebration of this past month’s Tu B’Av holiday, JInsider commissioned an anthropological study on the mating habits of North American Jews. We wanted to better understand the miracle of finding bashert (romantic destiny) from the text and in-field research. We assigned an undercover intern to research and scientifically document patterns of initial communication implemented in the NYC Jewish dating process.

Kosher Waffles On Wheels

08/09/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

If you’ve had enough of kosher Chinese food or shwarma, there’s a new option for lunch: waffles. 

A new food truck, Quick Stop Kosher, is traveling around Manhattan offering kosher-certified sandwiches, omelets, sushi, blintzes and waffles. This week the truck is parked on 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue, outside the Jewish-owned B&H Photo. 

Kosher to go: A new waffle truck joins the growing food truck trend.

One Prophet, No Gain

08/09/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The “prophet” Murray rails at the excesses of the Jewish community. The targets of the “prophet” Murray are garish bar mitzvah ceremonies, non-Jewish names stuck on Jewish children, and look-alike synagogue buildings. The “prophet” Murray also makes a case against the clannishness of Brooklyn.

The quotes around Murray’s title are more real than Murray is.

Non-prophet venture: Biblical-style book offers gentle satire of American Jewish community.

Media: Clinton’s Rabbi Is Mainstream, Israel’s Rabbis ‘Extreme’

Victories for intermarriage against the ‘narrow.’
08/09/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 

Maybe some Orthodox Jews are feeling “triumphalist” these days, with their high birthrates, high degrees of Jewish literacy and low assimilation rates, but to read the papers lately is to see Orthodoxy as a Palooka getting pummeled in a Pier 6 brawl. Between Chelsea Clinton’s intermarriage and the shelved conversion bill in Israel, the Orthodox are certainly getting the worst of it.

 

Orthodox Rabbis were called "extreme" but not Rabbi James Ponet, above.

Berman, Lowey Block Military Funding to Lebanon

08/09/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two members of Congress independently placed holds on military aid to Lebanon.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, separately blocked a $100 million security assistance package to the Lebanese military. Berman placed the hold Aug. 2, one day before the Lebanese military fired at Israeli soldiers working on the border, while Lowey’s hold came after the incident.

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