Seinfeld, Midler to Headline Jewish Museum Opening

09/21/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

The Nov. 13 gala will celebrate the $150 million project to move the museum to Philadelphia's Independence Mall and to expand the museum from about 10,000 square feet to more than 100,000.

Uphill Battle For Survivors On Hill

Long-shot bill would allow heirs of insurance policyholders to sue Generali, other companies.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In 2007 an international commission to get justice for the heirs of Holocaust-era insurance policyholders ended its work. But for Riverdale’s Sello Fisch, the fight — seemingly hopeless — goes on.

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will consider legislation — previously rejected by Congress — to allow Fisch and other heirs to bring lawsuits against the Italian insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and other Holocaust-era insurance companies in an effort to compel them to pay those policies.

Fight Over Grade’s Archive Gets Messier

Israel’s National Library to send official here as YIVO pulls together conference on writer.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Inna Hecker Grade, the wife of revered Yiddish writer Chaim Grade, died in May, at 85, scholars expressed a palpable sense of hope. For the nearly 30 years since her husband’s death, in 1982, Inna had zealously guarded his reputation.

And many believe that the papers he left in Inna Grade’s apartment might contain either unpublished works or at least invaluable information to scholars.

Chaim and Inna Grade: Saga of his papers drags on.

Paladino Dogged By‘Hitler’ Reference

As conservative Brooklyn rabbis support him, he says he ‘condemns words’ used against Silver.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino on Tuesday struggled to explain inflammatory comments attributed to him about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by an upstate newspaper last year — comments driven to the forefront by his upset primary victory last week — ultimately saying, “I condemn the words.”

Carl Paladino with Brooklyn rabbis Tuesday.  Adam Dickter

Jewish-Muslim Pairings Facing Toughest Test

As Twinning Weekend nears, a sense of resolve among participants in wake of Park51; key N.Y. defection.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In West Newton, Mass., Congregation Dorshei Tzedek will sponsor a joint program with an area mosque in November. The interfaith activity will mark the Reconstructionist synagogue’s first participation in the third annual Weekend of Twinning sponsored by the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Rabbi Drorah Setel, an active supporter of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Buffalo.

Silver Speaks Out On Paladino

09/20/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In his first public comments on Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said New Yorkers should “consider moving out of the state if he becomes governor.”

Since winning the GOP nod, Paladino has come under fire for comments he made nearly a year ago supporting Erie County Supervisor Chris Collins for calling Silver an “anti-Christ.”

Talks Seen Continuing Despite Freeze Deadline

Neither side can be seen scuttling negotiations, experts say.
09/20/2010 - 20:00

Washington — When the fat lady sings on Sept. 26, it may only be an intermission.

That’s the word from an array of Mideast experts across the political spectrum. They are predicting that the seeming intractability between Israel and the Palestinians over whether Israel extends a settlement moratorium beyond its end date will not scuttle the peace talks.

Instead, the observers say, the sides are likely employing the brinksmanship that has come to characterize Middle East peacemaking.

Melvyn Weiss’ Quest For Redemption

Disbarred class-action king, after jail stint, wants his good name back. Will society give it to him?
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Melvyn Weiss is a busy man these days. He’s active with the Israel Policy Forum and regularly attends the pro-peace process group’s meetings. He’s trying to help kids in earthquake-plagued Haiti express themselves artistically. And he hosted a benefit just last Sunday at his Oyster Bay, L.I., home for the Aleph Institute, which provides Jewish and social services for prisoners and military personnel.

“I want them to see my smiling,” Weiss said after asking for a second shot to be taken at the end of the interview.

Peretz Dropped As Harvard Event Speaker

09/20/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Martin Peretz has been dropped as a speaker from a Harvard University event.

Peretz, the editor in chief of The New Republic and a former Harvard professor, had been scheduled to speak at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, scheduled for Sept. 25, according to the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper.

But the final schedule for the program does not list Peretz as a speaker. He is to be recognized, however, along with several other head tutors and directors of studies.

Groups Set Boycott Of Israeli Troupe In N.Y.

09/20/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Two New York-based groups have organized a boycott of performances by Israel’s national dance company.

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