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Centerís Great White Hope

03/24/2006
Associate Editor

The likely victor in next weekís Knesset election, no matter the final numbers, is the Israeli political party Kadima, which recognized that an exhausted people wanted something other than ideology in a country where ideology has hung like smog.

Triangle Fire Still Burns

03/31/2006
Associate Editor

The UPI reporter, William Shepherd, was just by chance on the corner of Manhattanís Washington Place and Greene Street when on March 25, 1911 flames started licking out of the eighth and ninth floors across the street. He knew the place, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. The year before its workers had gone on strike for better conditions.

Marching To Two Beats

05/15/1998
Staff Writer
Schoolchildren participating in Sunday’s Salute to Israel Parade will learn about Israel’s courageous struggle to survive and the perseverance of the Jewish people. But William Helmreich and Nathaniel James agree that they may also learn a thing or two about compromise.

Silver: Pataki’s Cuts Harm The Neediest

05/15/1998
Staff Writer
Surrounded by Jewish communal officials last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blasted Gov. George Pataki for what he considers politically motivated vetoes of budget items that impact Jewish communal organizations.

Sephardic Power Drive

05/08/1998
Staff Writer
The race to fill a vacant Assembly seat this September has produced a rift between a powerful Brooklyn Democratic club and a Sephardic political action committee it helped form. Egyptian-born Lena Cymbrowitz, who is seeking the seat now held by congressional candidate Dan Feldman, is expected to be backed by the recently founded, grassroots Sephardic Voters League.

Aftermath Of The Cato Visit

05/01/1998
Staff Writer
Critics may dismiss last week’s meeting between a small group of Jewish leaders and Carmel Cato as a “good photo op,” but Howard Teich, who facilitated the meeting, insists that was the last thing on his mind.

Ari, Alisa And Memories In The Morning

04/14/2006
Associate Editor

Families of murdered children learn that the pain keeps coming, sneaking up like the killer did in the first place. In 1994, three weeks before Passover, Ari Halberstam, 16, was riding in a van over the Brooklyn Bridge when Rashid Baz, in a nearby car, shot a bullet into Halberstamís brain. Now his mother, Devorah Halberstam, is living, as the holiday prayer surrealistically puts it, ìin those days in this time.î She hangs up her cell phone in tears after another son, 15, calls from a departing plane at Kennedy Airport.ì

Mixed Messages On Blacks And Jews

05/01/1998
Staff Writer
A majority of blacks agree with Jews that anti-Semitism is a problem in the African-American community, according to a national poll released this week. But in a seemingly contradictory finding, 48.8 percent of blacks gave a “favorable” rating to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a long history of comments and theories considered by Jewish leaders to be anti-Semitic. The poll, commissioned by the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, contains several mixed messages about the often polarized groups.

A Fiery Exodus

04/21/2006
Associate Editor

The night before Passover, the Waintraub family checked into the Villa Roma hotel and, with candlelight and a feather, symbolically searched their darkened room for chametz. But not all flames in the hotel were as quaint.

Even as the Waintraubs were searching, shortly after 10 p.m., over in the bakery within the hotel kitchen a fire of unknown origins had begun devouring the 62-year-old resort, one of Sullivan Countyís few remaining grand hotels, where some 500 guests were expected to arrive by the next nightís seder.

Deja Vu In Harlem?

04/24/1998
Staff Writer
The image of a Jewish-owned store burning in Harlem may have conjured up painful memories this week, but community leaders are taking a wait-and-see attitude. “To the best of our knowledge, there was no anti-Semitism involved in this incident,” said Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council.Police are searching for a black man they say threatened to blow up Vets Sports Shops on 125th Street shortly before a fire destroyed the establishment on Saturday.
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