Robert Lederman doesn’t stand out in a crowd. But his artwork does. During months of protest over the police shooting of Amadou Diallo, Lederman’s caricatures depicting Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as Adolf Hitler received far more notoriety than the affable, middle-aged Jewish artist and street peddler from Brooklyn who created them. The signs, which Lederman distributed to the protestors, were panned by Jewish leaders. Some say they harmed efforts to address police brutality by distracting from the issue.
At night on the darkest of indigo seas, a sea captain looks up at vast constellations in the sky above and contemplates the deep below. Like the biblical mariners Zevulon and Jonah, sailor Daniel Jacksonís awe of oceans and the outdoors led him to the more intimate exploration of the soul within. He went from steering 100-ton vessels to take a journey into academia and then to yeshiva study halls to bring himself up to speed on an Orthodoxy he never quite knew.Capt.
Claiming that recent incidents of anti-Semitism within the Police Department have been “swept under the carpet,” the organization representing Jewish police officers is promising to take a more aggressive stand in rooting out bias.
“This has gone unnoticed for too long,” says officer Stuart Portner, president of the 2,800-member Shomrim Society. “We think that more attention needs to be paid to anti-Semitic [acts].”
An attorney for two Tennessee gun makers on trial for liability in the 1994 Brooklyn Bridge shootings began his defense last week by trying to link the chasidic victims of the crime to Hebron murderer Baruch Goldstein.
At the opening of a $39 million federal lawsuit Friday against Wayne and Sylvia Daniel, who manufactured the parts for a gun used in the shootings, the defense questioned survivors of the attack about Goldstein, whom he referred to repeatedly as “Rabbi Goldstein.”
Surrounded by wooded hilltops, the wide-open spaces and low-lying buildings of the College of Staten Island seem a world away from the urban tensions that sometimes embroil campuses in the boroughs on the other side of New York Harbor.
But the appearance of Leonard Jeffries there last week left the normally serene campus riddled with the type of racial tension associated with the City College professor since his controversial views on slavery and other topics were made public in 1989.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plans for withdrawal from much of the West Bank is leading to erosion of political support within the one American group — the conservative, primarily Christian right —that had been most supportive of Israel, and reportedly the root of President Bush’s support, as well.
Senators’ need for extra votes said to fuel opposition; No love lost between Polonetsky and successor.
The New York State Conservative Party is emerging as an 800-pound gorilla among opponents of a state bias crime bill. Advocates of the bill have been told by key members of the Republican-controlled state Senate that they would support the bill if not for the objections of the Conservative Party.Opposition to treating crimes more severely if motivated by bigotry was No. 12 of 25 “legislative priorities” for 1998 recently listed by the party.
With world Jewry focused on the interdenominational crisis in Israel this week, few are paying much attention to tensions between the Reform and Orthodox in England. Rabbi Mark Winer is one of those few. The former spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains is about to assume the pulpit at Britain’s largest Reform congregation. As the spiritual leader of some 2,400 Reform families, he will become arguably the most prominent non-Orthodox authority in Europe.
Claims against art museums and other institutions related to wartime Nazi plundering are likely to increase in the near future, a panel of experts agreed this week.
During a two-day conference on moral and legal issues related to the Holocaust at the Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan, panelists discussing “Looted Art” detailed the means being used to identify and recover artworks and remedies to prevent their sale.