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Expelled Christians: Israel Betrayed Us

11/12/1999
Staff Writer
Leaders of an apocalyptic Christian group expelled from Israel last week say they were betrayed by Israeli police, whom they had been helping to identify potentially violent Christian extremists. In an exclusive interview with The Jewish Week, the American-born Christians — three women and two men — also blamed the FBI for instigating Israeli police against evangelical Christians planning to witness the second coming of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem in the next millennium.

FBI: Jerusalem Could Blow In 2000

11/05/1999
Staff Writer
The FBI is warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem by Islamic extremists at the dawn of the new millennium, according to a new “Doomsday” report obtained by The Jewish Week. The bureau also is sending out an alarm about violence from fanatical apocalyptic Christian groups streaming into Israel anticipating the Second Coming of Jesus after the world calendar flips over in two months.

A Day Of ‘Conscious Kills’

On the eve of Thanksgiving, a local shochet provides a sharp contrast to the big slaughterhouses.

11/25/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

Walton, N.Y. — Andy Kastner rarely eats meat and wishes others would eat less, too.

So why, you might ask, was this man slaughtering kosher turkeys this week for Thanksgiving?
Kastner is a shochet, the fellow ordained to kill livestock according to Jewish law. But he also considers himself an educator. It’s his job, he explained, to remind the public about the cost of meat beyond the sticker price: in blood and emotion.

“It’s a profound experience that is generally written off as disgusting or brutal,” he said.

Compassionate cut: Shochet Andy Kastner with the tool of his trade. Ron Dicker

‘Doomsday’ Crackdown On Christians

10/29/1999
Staff Writer
Israel is heading toward an international religious crisis and the loss of untold millions in tourism following increased police actions against Christians. So warned millennium experts and Christian and Jewish leaders in the wake of Israel’s midnight raid, arrest and deportation this week of a group of 21 Christians, mostly Americans, who had been living without incident near the Mount of Olives anticipating the “return” of Jesus and the beginning of the End of Days.

‘Sea Change In Israeli Society’

05/21/1999
Staff Writer
As Israel’s fourth prime minister in four years begins to stitch together a new parliamentary coalition, some American Jewish leaders are cautiously optimistic that Ehud Barak will fulfill campaign promises and usher in a new era of religious pluralism in the Jewish state.

Pitch For Pluralism

05/14/1999
Staff Writer
For the first time, the Jewish Theological Seminary, which likes to be known as the spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, is involving itself ever so cautiously in next week’s Israeli elections. Just in time for the May17 vote, the seminary is advertising in two Israeli newspapers to gently remind Israeli voters not to forget the religious pluralism issue, which threatens to divide voters. “VOTE WITH YOUR HEART — AND YOUR HEAD,” urges the ad slated for the May 14 edition of Haaretz and Maariv.

Bayside’s Shoah Treasure, Not So Hidden Anymore

Queens community college’s brand-new Holocaust center links new generation to aging area Jews.

11/25/2009
Staff Writer

Huddled inside a bus station in Bayside, Queens, last December, Paul Cavalieri shuddered in the cold air and watched the snow come down around him, hoping his bus would soon roll into sight. But then his brain reeled back 15 minutes to his interview with Queens Holocaust survivor Ethel Katz, who told him of her two-year escape from the Nazis. It was a perilous trek that at one point took her through knee-deep snow in nothing but a nightgown.

Queensborough Community College’s new Holocaust Resource Center. Sharon Udasin

Palin Ignites New Debate On GOP Support For Israel

Comment on settlement influx seen tied to biblical prophecy

11/25/2009
Washington Correspondent

Jewish Democrats say she’s the best thing that could happen to them in 2012, and Republicans say she’s almost beside the point as Jewish voters sour on President Barack Obama’s Israel policies, runaway budget deficits and a faltering domestic agenda.

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Anti-Christian Violence Seen On Rise

01/22/1999
Staff Writer
Violence against Christians in Jerusalem appears to be rising as concerns increase over the millennium and its affect on fervent cult groups making pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Israeli officials said this week. Jerusalem police said they are investigating a recent wave of threats and assaults against Christian organizations in Jerusalem. In one incident, vandals hurled stones at Jerusalem’s St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland two weeks ago, breaking several of its stained-glass windows.

Pluralism Wars Rekindle

01/01/1999
Staff Writer
Reform and Conservative leaders are threatening to hit Israeli politicians where it hurts — in the pocketbook — for supporting a new two-pronged legislative attack aimed at blocking non-Orthodox efforts to gain equality in Israel. In this sudden escalation of Israel’s religious pluralism war, non-Orthodox leaders this week angrily denounced the Israeli Orthodox coalition’s aggressive political maneuvers to try and prevent Reform and Conservative representatives from taking their seats on local religious councils.
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