How The NYPD Nabbed Suspect in ‘Kill Jews’ Flier Case

Solid detective work, luck and a boss's cooperation led to arrest of livery driver in 16-month investigation.
07/21/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In the course of investigating a spate of anti-Semitic leafleting spanning 16 months, two detectives from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force kept coming across pieces of a logo on the back of the nasty missives.

Sometimes they saw an X, or sometimes a Z.

Pa. Senate race turning into Israel proxy fight

07/21/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A close battle for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat is quickly turning into a proxy war between self-described pro-Israel forces on the left and right.

The immediate fight is over the pro-Israel credentials of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who knocked off the incumbent Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary and is now facing Republican former congressman Pat Toomey.

Senate committee advances Kagan nomination

07/21/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote mostly on party lines.

Kagan, who would be the third Jewish justice on the current court, received 13 votes; six committee members voted against her nomination.

Democrats favored and Republicans voted against, with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who cautioned his colleagues to base their votes on character and qualifications, and not on ideology.

Large oil field identified in Israel

07/21/2010 - 20:00

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A commercially sized oil field has been identified in central Israel, an oil prospecting firm said.

 Tests on the Meged Five drill site near the central town of Rosh Ha'ayin have determined that the site can produce about 470 barrels of oil a day, the Givot Olam Oil prospecting and production firm announced late Wednesday.

The well will be ready for production by Aug. 15, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.



Virtual Senior Center To Expand

Pioneering Queens-based project that fights social isolation is ‘like a rebirth,’ says homebound man.
07/20/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At 103, Adele Lerner is largely homebound and almost totally deaf, but a few times a week she dances around her studio apartment in Flushing, Queens — with the help of her home computer, and her walker as a partner.

Homebound Queens resident David Greidinger says web-based program has changed his life.

Rotem: Don’t Hold Back Russian Conversions

07/20/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the 1990s, 1.5 million new immigrants from the former Soviet Union made aliyah. Some were Jews according to halacha and some were not. Most integrated into Israeli society, completed their army service and fought to protect their country, and some paid with their lives.

Can Day Schools Survive?

With foundation money pouring into ‘experiential’ education, movement desperate for new funding sources.
07/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In describing its news-making $33 million grant to the Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University to train a cadre of more than 1,000 Jewish educators, the heads of The Jim Joseph Foundation were clear about where they envision most of these teachers working.

“The vast majority will not necessarily go work at day schools,” Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation, told The Jewish Week. “Informal education is where it is going to be.” 

Believing day schools affect only a “very small portion” of Jewish youth.

Conversion Crises Could Threaten Pro-Israel Effort

Diaspora leaders, lawmakers fear that recurring ‘Who is a Jew’ controversies undermine and change the pro-Israel base.
07/20/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Recurring “who is a Jew” crises pitting many American Jews against fervently Orthodox leaders in Israel and their Knesset friends may be contributing to a seismic shift in the base of the pro-Israel movement in America.

The bill authored by Knesset member David Rotem, above, has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from liberal American Jews.

Journalist David Twersky Dies

07/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

David Twersky: A “remarkable journalist,” he previously served as an adviser to Abba Eban.

RCA: Bill Is Not Matter For American Liberals

07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

While the Reform and Conservative movements here mounted campaigns to convince Israeli lawmakers to vote against the proposed conversion bill, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis here said American Jews should keep out of internal Israeli matters. 

“The legislation is designed to change nothing regarding North American Jewish issues, a matter which in any event is far less significant to the State of Israel and its citizens than the undoubted benefits that the bill promises,” said the statement by the Rabbinical Council of America.

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