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Masorti Head In Israel Encouraged

04/30/1999
Editor & Publisher
Rabbi Ehud Bandel, the leader of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel, takes satisfaction in the Orthodox establishment’s stepped-up opposition to his group’s efforts. He sees it as a sign of serious concern on the part of the Chief Rabbinate.

Getting It From Both Sides

09/29/2000
Editor & Publisher
While the American public continues to look kindly on Sen. Joe Lieberman — with his religious observance either a non-issue or looked upon favorably by Christians — Jews on the right and left continue to make him a target of their religious and/or political agendas. Are these negative stories on Lieberman fair game, or efforts to embarrass him? And why are they coming primarily from Jewish media?

Tenure Tension

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
Jewish students at Brooklyn College are standing behind a beleaguered history professor who claims his ongoing problems with the administration began when he protested alleged anti-Israel bias in a campus forum two months after 9-11. About a quarter of some 500 students who signed a petition in defense of associate professor Robert "K.C." Johnson said they were backing him because of his stance on the November 2001 teach-in, said Daniel Weininger, a BC senior who founded Students Against Academic Terrorism, an ad hoc group supporting Johnsonís bid for tenure.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

More Hurdles For Hillary

10/27/2000
Staff Writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton's new link to a Hamas supporter threatens to rock the first lady's Senate campaign at a time when Clinton can least afford another controversy, and as Jewish voters are more focused then ever on Israel's security. Reports of a campaign fund-raiser for Clinton by the American Muslim Alliance, whose leader backs armed struggle against Israel, could upset the momentum she was seen as gathering among Jews. Her campaign had been hoping for a quiet two weeks until the Nov. 7 face-off with Republican Rick Lazio.

A Primary Primer

08/19/1998
Staff Writer
The hottest races in Brooklyn this year concern a variety of different offices and a multitude of issues. But almost all of them have one thing in common: The Jewish names on the ballots. In races from Congress to Assembly to Civil Court judge, the bumper crop of Jewish candidates for election and re-election reflects the boroughís bustling Jewish population and its growing political influence.

Mideast Violence Spills Into Brooklyn

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
Amid signs of a ripple effect of Middle East tensions in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called on Jewish and Arab leaders to work together to keep the peace here. Some 45 Arab and Jewish leaders gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning in the wake of a series of suspected bias attacks that may be linked to the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories.

Hillary's New Comfort Zone

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
It was barely noticed, but Hillary Rodham Clinton took a significant step, albeit a clumsy one, while campaigning in Queens last week. Addressing a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, the first lady and Senate candidate noted that her friend and supporter, Rep. Tom Lantos of California, was always "kavelling" about his grandchildren. With a little coaching, Clinton might have properly pronounced the Yiddish word for boasting (kvelling). But the utterance was still a milestone in Clinton's long and tumultuous courtship with Jewish voters.

Lieberman 101

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
While speaking about the upcoming election, Ronen Khordipour can barely contain his excitement. "This opens doors," said the 20-year-old junior at New York University, referring to the history-making candidacy of Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman. "Before this, a Jewish student would never think they could actually run for high office." The selection of Lieberman as vice-presidential running mate to Democratic nominee Al Gore, said Khordipour, tells students that "you could lead any kind of Jewish life you want, and still succeed."
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