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Hikind Backs Republican In Staten Island House Race

10/19/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who has made no secret of his desire to see the Republicans retake Congress, endorsed Staten Island GOP challenger Michael Grimm on Wednesday.

Hikind said the decision had nothing to do with the “Jewish list” controversy last spring when Democrat incumbent Michael McMahon fired a spokeswoman who spoke in an interview about “Jewish money” collected by Grimm.

“He apologized for that,” Hikind said. “It was cleared up.”

Canada Denies Arresting Dubai Murder Suspect

10/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Canadian police officials have denied arresting a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai.

The denial, published Wednesday in Canada's national daily The Globe and Mail, comes a day after Dubai's police chief told several news outlets that a Canadian security official told him that an arrest had been made over the summer in the January murder of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room.

Curve Ball For Jewish Leaders On Immigration

Some wonder if American Jewry’s traditional empathy for all newcomers could be waning.
10/19/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the rare issues on which nearly all mainstream Jewish organizations agree — and on which they’ve always believed they had the backing of most American Jews — involves how the United States should treat immigrants, including those who are undocumented.

More than a dozen national agencies, including the congregational arms of all four major branches of Judaism, have publicly announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform, which would go beyond an enforcement-only policy to offer unauthorized residents “a path to citizenship.”

In recent AJC poll, 52 percent of Jews favored Arizona’s tough immigration law, which focuses on an enforcement-only policy.

Race And Identity In The ‘Golden’ Era

Fifty years after publication of Harry Golden’s landmark work, a look back at his Southern Jewish wisdom.
10/19/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 Fifty years ago, Harry Golden published “Enjoy, Enjoy,” his landmark collection of work from more than 20 years as the editor of the self-founded, self-published and self-written newspaper The Carolina Israelite. During his 1941-’68 tenure, Golden reminisced about his childhood on Rivington Street, pondered ancient history and argued for integration.

Fitting in, standing out in the South: The late Harry Golden.

New Shul Partnership Seeks Magic In Suffolk

Eleven non-Orthodox congregations look to joint programming to conjure elusive sense of community.
10/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 Reform and Conservative synagogues in central Suffolk are looking for a little, well, magic.

Faced with flagging membership rolls, plummeting affiliation rates and congregations that, unlike the densely populated Jewish precincts of the Upper West Side and Brownstone Brooklyn, are spread across 34 miles of central Suffolk, the 11 area non-Orthodox synagogues are trying something new: a partnership born of necessity.

Illusionist Arthur Kurzweil works a little sleight of hand in Patchogue at event meant to bring area synagogues together.

ADL List Fuels Debate Over What’s Anti-Israel

Inclusion of Jewish Voice for Peace comes amid rising delegitimization fears.
10/19/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

 The Anti-Defamation League’s new list of “The Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups” — which includes a left-of-center Jewish organization that claims to be tapping a growing body of disaffiliated younger Jews — could intensify the debate over exactly what it means to be an enemy of the Jewish state.

Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson: “Perversely pleased” about making ADL list.

Second Jewish Republican In The House?

Randy Altschuler is trailing in the polls but fickle Suffolk district ‘is a very volatile seat.’
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

It’s hard to imagine a congressional district where party affiliation has as little value as New York’s 1st CD in Suffolk County.

Republican Randy Altschuler, left, faces Democrat incumbent Tim Bishop in  a district where voters seem to have no strong party

Media Watch: Settlers Now ‘Part Of Israeli Mainstream’

Outreach to Arabs, leadership in IDF, reverse militant image.
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Someone remarked to Gloria Steinem, on the eve of her 50th birthday, that she looked great for 50.

“This is what 50 looks like,” said Steinem.

Rabbis Shlomo Riskin, Aharon Lichtenstein and Menachem Froman are what West Bank settlers look like. From the settlements clustered in Gush Etzion.

Hitler Exhibit Opens, With Jewish Applause

10/18/2010 - 20:00
JTA

Berlin — The image of Hitler is still arresting, 65 years after his suicide and the end of World War II.

Now the German Historical Museum has dedicated an exhibit to the fascination Hitler held for the “Volk,” the ordinary German citizen.

It marks the first time a German museum has ventured into such territory, and the curators say they have taken great care to avoid glorifying the man behind the Third Reich, which in Germany would not only be distasteful but illegal.

Ex-SAJES President Dies At 82

10/18/2010 - 20:00

Howard Kotkin, a past president of the Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services (SAJES), died Oct. 18 in his Bayville, L.I., home after a long illness. He was 82.
Mr. Kotkin, a Brooklyn native, served as a funeral director for 62 years, first with I.J. Morris, then for the last 18 years with Gutterman’s in Syosset.
He served on the board of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center in Commack, and was president of Temple Judea in Massapequa.

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