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British Bank Faces Terror Trial Here

10/06/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
In the latest challenge to banks accused of helping fund terrorists, a federal judge here has allowed victims of Palestinian attacks and their families to sue a major British institution, National Westminster, that does business and has assets in the United States.

Kelly: We're Watching Hezbollah

09/22/2006
Staff Writer
The NYPD's counterterrorism personnel are keeping "a close eye on Hezbollah" in the wake of recent clashes between the Iran-backed militia and Israel in Lebanon, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told Jewish community leaders in a briefing Tuesday to discuss security issues before the High Holy Days.

Ahmadinejad Visit Sparks Debate

09/22/2006
Staff Writer
An appearance by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday night has touched off a debate on whether there is any point in talking to the Holocaust-doubting Iranian president whose nuclear threats against Israel have made him an international pariah. The nonpartisan think tank insists the meeting was an open exchange, not simply a polemic platform for the extremist leader, in town for the General Assembly of the United Nations, where thousands of protestors against Ahmadinejad gathered outside Wednesday.

Filling The Void

04/23/1999
Editor and Publisher
A few days into his post as acting president of the new national entity for Jewish communal activity, Stephen Solender apologizes to a visitor for not knowing his way around the organization’s headquarters in the block-long old Port Authority Building on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. His large office has no artwork on the walls and the bookshelves are bare.

Never Too Old To Laugh

06/04/1999
Editor and Publisher
After hearing several clever ideas from the elderly woman in his comedy workshop last Sunday, comedian Tim Davis told her approvingly, “you should have a Web site.” “I don’t even have a television,” she snapped back. “Gave it to my super.”

Mr. Outside, Mr. Inside

11/12/1999
Editor and Publisher
Nearly three decades ago, a number of Jewish student activists were planning to stage a public protest in front of the offices of the Jewish Federation of New York. They were seeking funding for Jewish education and an increased emphasis on Jewish values, but John Ruskay, then a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, decided not to participate with his friends.Not because he didn’t support their cause, but because he felt it was useless to try to change the federation system. Better, he argued, to create alternative organizations.

Delicate Dance Of Diaspora Relations

11/19/1999
Editor and Publisher
Rabbi Michael Melchior is well aware that the odds are against him succeeding in his effort to improve Israel-diaspora relations. “Most issues that come across my desk will fail,” the Israeli minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community told The Jewish Week in an interview here on Monday.“We are at that delicate stage where our religious leaders recognize that issues are tearing us apart as a people, but they are not yet willing to compromise.

Spitzer, Clinton Lead Dem Victories

09/15/2006
Staff Writer
In his overwhelming victory Tuesday, Eliot Spitzer made history as the first Jewish Democrat nominated for governor in more than 60 years. If he prevails over Republican John Faso in November’s general election, hewould be the state’s second Jewish governor and the first since HerbertLehman served from 1932 to 1948.

Orthodoxy Is Under His Microscope

09/15/2006
Staff Writer
If you keep close tabs on the Orthodox in America, you probably know Samuel Heilman’s name. He’s been keeping tabs himself on the subject for years, having written numerous articles and two books about Judiasm’s most rigidly observant stream.

Israel Now Key Issue In Brooklyn House Races

09/08/2006
Staff Writer
Activists in the large Orthodox community that lies in the center of two contested congressional districts in Tuesday’s Democratic primary have launched a massive campaign in support of one incumbent and an embattled candidate, citing Israel as a primary concern. The campaign consists of mailings, phone calls and posters and home visits in support of Rep. Edolphus Towns, the 12-term incumbent running in the 10th Congressional District, and David Yassky, the white city councilman who is running to succeed retiring Rep. Major Owens in a district intended to empower blacks.
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