Major Push For Biotech Partnerships

Staff Writer
Seeing an area of unrealized potential, Israeli firms and trade officials are preparing a major push in marketing biotechnology partnerships with American companies. “Israel has tremendous potential in life sciences,” said David Rubin, Israel’s trade envoy to North America at a recent Manhattan conference exploring cooperative ventures. “We have the scientists and the means to do the work. In the next five to 10 years, we can capture a larger share of the international market.”

The Nuevo Coalition

Staff Writer
When Moshe Livne came to New York earlier this year, Israel’s new deputy consul general here set an unusual mission as one of his top priorities. “I want to work on relations with Latinos,” said the former ambassador to El Salvador, who is fluent in Spanish. Latinos, the fastest-growing ethnic segment in New York, are as disparate in location throughout the five boroughs as in their cultures, economic class and lands of origin.

Bridges And Boundaries

Staff Writer
To Elizabeth Wilkins, covering her hair with a wig for the rest of her life after marriage was difficult to imagine. “I don’t know if I could deal with it,” said Wilkins, 17, her own hair tied in curly dreadlocks, after watching a stylist adjust a woman’s sheitel at Gianna’s salon in Borough Park last week.

National Jewish Vote: Gore’s To Lose

Staff Writers
Gov. George W. Bush may be cruising toward the Republican nomination and a November showdown with Vice President Al Gore, but he is expected to face an uphill battle for Jewish support. The persistent attacks on Bush and the GOP’s religious fundamentalist wing by Arizona Sen. John McCain seem to have backfired, energizing Bush forces in nine of 13 primary or caucus states. But the assault may have succeeded in redefining Bush as a tool of the party’s right wing, damaging his appeal to Jews in the general election.

Negotiating The Classroom

Staff Writer
To understand why fewer women choose public education as a career these days, look no further than Randi Weingarten, daughter of a teacher and now head of the United Federation of Teachers. Weingarten’s memories of her mother Edith’s career conjures up images of unglamorous labor. “The living room table constantly had papers festooned all over it,” she recalls in an interview at the UFT’s ornate Park Avenue office.

No Cakewalk For McCall

Staff Writer
Initially thought to be a throw-away as far as the Republicans are concerned, the contest for state comptroller is shaping up to be a horse race after all with the nomination of Nassau County’s Bruce Blakeman to challenge Democrat H. Carl McCall. The first African American elected to statewide office in New York, McCall was seen by many observers as a virtual shoo-in for re-election. But Blakeman, the only Jew on an otherwise all-Catholic Republican ticket, has changed that assessment.

Shelly’s Shidduch

Staff Writer
He’s a Catholic district attorney from Brooklyn who came in third in his last run for statewide office. She’s a Jewish former speech therapist from Monroe County who became the first woman supervisor of her Rochester suburb in 1991. They may have little in common, but thanks to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Charles J. Hynes and Sandra Frankel are running mates in September’s Democratic primary.

Agudah Head’s Death Mourned By Haredim

Staff Writers
As Agudath Israel of America mourned the death of its longtime leader and visionary Rabbi Moshe Sherer this week, officials of the organization put off for now any discussion of who will inherit the reins of the influential, ultra-Orthodox umbrella group.

Schindler's Apprentice

Staff Writer

More than 60 years ago, little Leon Leyson steadied himself on top of a box each morning, climbing the makeshift step stool to operate the controls of a metalworking lathe machine that towered over his skinny 13-year-old body. 

See No Evil

Associate Editor

Governments donít like dead people in the street. Itís bad for business and scares off the tourists.

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