GOP Gains May Cloud Mideast Picture

Republican wins could produce domestic gridlock, uncertainty for Obama peace plans.
10/26/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

 A big Republican victory on Nov. 2 could bring the Obama administration’s troubled domestic agenda to a dead stop — but it is unlikely to do the same for its faltering Middle East peace efforts, which some Israelis argue favor the Palestinians.

In fact, it could have the opposite result, said Kenneth Wald, a University of Florida political scientist and director of the school’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Will President Obama turn his focus to foreign policy with Republicans poised to pick up many seats in Congress? Getty Images

Cuomo On The Issues

10/25/2010 - 20:00

Democrat Andrew Cuomo did not respond to numerous requests for an interview over several months. On Tuesday, after The Jewish Week spoke to Republican Carl Paladino, Cuomo’s campaign communications director, Marissa Shorenstein, agreed to forward questions for the candidate via e-mail and provided responses, which she wrote were “taken from his public comments.”

Legal Scholar Louis Henkin Dies At 92

10/25/2010 - 20:00

Louis Henkin, a son of immigrant parents who taught and wrote about law in the United States for decades, and helped create the field of human rights law, died Oct. 14 in his Manhattan home after a long illness. He was 92.

An emeritus law professor at Columbia University, Mr. Henkin served as mentor to generations of legal scholars, including Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

N.Y. Day Schools Win Kohl’s Cash

10/25/2010 - 20:00

What would a cool half-million bucks buy you if you were a small New York area day school? For two such schools, that’s not a hypothetical question.

The Silverstein Hebrew Academy in Great Neck and Sha’arei Zion Ohel Bracha in Forest Hills were officially announced last week as winners of $500,000 each from the Kohl’s department stores “Giveback” program. As the Jewish Week previously reported, 12 of the schools that will receive funding from the Kohl’s Cares Facebook competition (out of 20) are Jewish institutions.

Paladino On The Issues

In Jewish Week interview, candidate concedes lack of familiarity with Jewish community, anti-terrorism funding.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino, says his alliance with a controversial Orthodox activist earlier in his campaign was a mistake and confessed that he knew little about the diversity of the state’s Jewish community.

“I don’t know the difference,” said the Buffalo-based developer and first-time candidate in a phone interview Monday when asked if he had campaigned at a non-Orthodox Jewish venue. “We’ve traveled around the Jewish community and some have the Orthodox stuff on and others have been non-Orthodox.

Carl Paladino says that if he’s elected, “we’re going to have a different culture in Albany.”

Reading The U.S. Elections In Jerusalem

Israelis on right and left watch the midterms from the sidelines, wondering how they might be affected.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Shlomo Cohen is an affable guy and he’s happy to expound on just about anything, including the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections.

“I’ve been following the elections in Yediot,” Cohen said of Yediot Achronot, the Israeli equivalent of the New York Post, while taking a break from his job as a street-cleaner. “You want to know why?

“The reason is, I don’t like Arabs,” Cohen said, nursing a cigarette in the driver’s seat of a small, green brush-and-vacuum street-cleaning vehicle.

At Conservative Seminary, Getting Beyond Park51

Panel featuring JTS chancellor and faculty, along with Islamic academics and laity, draws 700.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sherman Jackson, a black convert to Islam and a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Michigan, says exposing his children to practicing Jews is bound to increase their own devotion to Muslim tradition.

Sherman Jackson, a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Michigan.

Bibi Seen Readying New Proposals, Partners

One eye on the U.S., the other on Kadima.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly finalizing proposals to bring Palestinians back to the peace talks, his eyes are focused on Washington, according to an Israeli political analyst.

“The issue is not so much Israeli-Palestinian relations as American-Israeli relations,” said Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. “What he is interested in is making sure that the world sees America and Israel as friends. That is more important than what Israel and the Palestinians are doing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Front-line Perspectives on Jewish Camping

10/25/2010 - 20:00

We hear great buzz about the Jewish camp experience, so to get the scoop on the summer of 5770 we traveled to the front lines for reports from two campers, a communal organization and a significant funder. JInsider directs major kudos to the Foundation for Jewish Camps (FJC), which supports these activities.

Background: High on Fun, Low on Cost

Frum Star, Theater Dark On The Sabbath

10/25/2010 - 20:00

There may be no business like it, but it’s a business all the same.

In the old days, it was simply impossible for Jews to star on Broadway but be excused from performing on the Sabbath. Today, in the wake of Dudu Fisher’s Sabbath exemption from playing the lead role in “Les Miz,” producers are more willing to accommodate observant Jewish performers.

David Yudell: Stars in new “Jekyll and Hyde” show.
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