Jewish-Muslim Incident Seen As Aberration

Assistant Managing Editor
The brutal beating of a Pakistani man in Brooklyn that led to the arrest of five Orthodox youths on Oct. 29 is being viewed in both communities as an isolated incident, even as leaders intensify cooperation efforts. "It is shocking and disturbing that this incident happened," said Bob Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council. "But there has been years and years of interface between the two communities without incident."

Spitzer Says He'll Share Power

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Saying Republicans were "likely" to maintain control of the state Senate, gubernatorial frontrunner Eliot Spitzer told The Jewish Week that Democrats won't have absolute power in New York if they capture all the statewide offices next week, as polls predict. Asked why those voters who believe in the strength of a two-party system should support him and his running mates in the face of a potential Democratic landslide, Spitzer said there would be a "significant role for Republican leadership" in state politics.

Sukkot In Casablanca

Staff Writer
Of all the synagogues in all the towns in all the world, Lens chose to highlight this one. Here's looking at the Festival of the Tabernacles, as celebrated in the only Arab country to have a Jewish museum and two Jewish schools. Only 5,000 Jews live in Morocco, down from about 270,000 at the end of the 1940s. But a robust crowd, and not just the usual suspects, turned out in Casablanca to celebrate the festival last week. No doubt, next year they'll be ready to play it again.

Lieberman Battles Sharpton

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Painting Sen. Joe Lieberman as hypocritical for first seeking his support and later attacking him, the Rev. Al Sharpton blasted the Connecticut pol on Monday for "open and flagrant race baiting" and "risking black-Jewish relations" through comments at a heavily Jewish fundraiser last week. But Lieberman's campaign is firing back, insisting he never asked Rev. Sharpton for his endorsement in the race against Ned Lamont.

British Bank Faces Terror Trial Here

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In the latest challenge to banks accused of helping fund terrorists, a federal judge here has allowed victims of Palestinian attacks and their families to sue a major British institution, National Westminster, that does business and has assets in the United States.

Kelly: We're Watching Hezbollah

Staff Writer
The NYPD's counterterrorism personnel are keeping "a close eye on Hezbollah" in the wake of recent clashes between the Iran-backed militia and Israel in Lebanon, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told Jewish community leaders in a briefing Tuesday to discuss security issues before the High Holy Days.

Ahmadinejad Visit Sparks Debate

Staff Writer
An appearance by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday night has touched off a debate on whether there is any point in talking to the Holocaust-doubting Iranian president whose nuclear threats against Israel have made him an international pariah. The nonpartisan think tank insists the meeting was an open exchange, not simply a polemic platform for the extremist leader, in town for the General Assembly of the United Nations, where thousands of protestors against Ahmadinejad gathered outside Wednesday.

Filling The Void

Editor and Publisher
A few days into his post as acting president of the new national entity for Jewish communal activity, Stephen Solender apologizes to a visitor for not knowing his way around the organization’s headquarters in the block-long old Port Authority Building on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. His large office has no artwork on the walls and the bookshelves are bare.

Never Too Old To Laugh

Editor and Publisher
After hearing several clever ideas from the elderly woman in his comedy workshop last Sunday, comedian Tim Davis told her approvingly, “you should have a Web site.” “I don’t even have a television,” she snapped back. “Gave it to my super.”

Mr. Outside, Mr. Inside

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Nearly three decades ago, a number of Jewish student activists were planning to stage a public protest in front of the offices of the Jewish Federation of New York. They were seeking funding for Jewish education and an increased emphasis on Jewish values, but John Ruskay, then a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, decided not to participate with his friends.Not because he didn’t support their cause, but because he felt it was useless to try to change the federation system. Better, he argued, to create alternative organizations.
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