Blacks And Jews Cooperating, Study Says

Staff Writer
For the second straight year, a report on black-Jewish relations across the country paints a rosy picture of cooperation overshadowing conflict. The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s annual analysis of black-Jewish interaction in 1997 found that, despite tensions caused by Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, relations are “markedly improving.” But the timing of the report made it impossible to analyze the fallout from differing views on the crisis in Iraq, a subject of concern according to Foundation president Rabbi Marc Schneier.

The Jewish Agenda

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Hate crimes, religious freedom, Kiryas Joel on radar screen in new legislative session; Ferraro’s announcement makes for tough Jewish choices. As the state Legislature resumes sessions this week, beginning with the governor’s State of the State address Wednesday, numerous Jewish concerns linger on the agenda. They include efforts to pass a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — recently voided by the U.S. Supreme Court — and the indefatigable but luckless bias crime bill.

Cheers And Jeers

Staff Writer
It was a year of few surprises but plenty of drama. And as much as New York’s Jewish community hates to offer opinions, we’ve heard a few about the year’s political winners and losers, prompting this maiden roundup of achievement awards.

Keyes: Jordan Is Palestine

Staff Writer
As president, GOP longshot contender Alan Keyes says he would be guided by a principle embraced by the most extreme elements of the American Jewish and Israeli society: That Jordan is a Palestinian state, making an entity on the West Bank superfluous. “Jordan is Palestine,” Keyes told The Jewish Week Tuesday. “The king accepted that when he took responsibility for the Palestinians.” The Palestinian Authority, he said, is “a stateless actor that does not have the wherewithal to make peace.”

McCain’s Religious Gambit

Staff Writer
As Super Tuesday looms, Sen. John McCain’s campaign is counting on his sharp attacks on the Christian right this week to boost his prospects among moderate, Northeastern Republican voters — including many Jews. “No candidate for Congress or for the Senate, let alone for president, has dared to tell it like it is in the midst of a campaign as John McCain has had the guts to do,” said Sid Green, an Arizona Democrat who is coordinating Jewish outreach efforts for McCain.

Nation Of Islam Seeks Big Push In N.Y. Area

Staff Writer
Minister Louis Farrakhan’s new point man in New York is calling for improved ties with the Jewish community as he works to strengthen the Nation of Islam’s base in the area. But Minister Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, like Farrakhan, refuses to repudiate — or even acknowledge — the black Muslim movement’s links to anti-Semitism, a task Jewish leaders say is a necessary first step to opening dialogue.

‘Backyard’ Battle Over Holocaust Truth

Staff Writer
Holocaust denial may be down, but it’s not out. Just ask Charles “Skipp” Porteous, a New York writer, activist and investigator targeted in a lawsuit by an author who calls the Shoah a “myth.” Historian Deborah Lipstadt recently triumphed in a similar case in London, in which a judge not only denied David Irving’s accusation of libel but branded Irving an anti-Semite and racist before ordering him to pay millions in court costs.

Elian Saga Could Mar Return Of Children

Staff Writer
Advocates for children in international custody cases are warning that the unfolding Elian Gonzales saga could have drastic repercussions on efforts to retrieve kids from foreign countries, including Israel, where such cases have risen sharply in recent years. “This gives those who want to justify the non-return of children another peg to hang their hats on,” said Nancy Hammer, international director of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.

The Ultimate Middle Man

Editor & Publisher

Gone from an end table near the sofa in Ronald Lauder’s elegant Midtown office, high above Fifth Avenue, is the framed photo of him with his friend Benjamin Netanyahu. In its place, says someone who’s visited the office before, is a photo of the 55-year-old businessman, philanthropist and Jewish leader with the current Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak.

OU Reeling Over Lanner Crisis

Editor & Publisher
The nation’s largest synagogue-sponsored chapter of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth seceded this week from the youth arm of the Orthodox Union, sending a powerful message to national leadership over how the Baruch Lanner situation was handled over the years and indicating the crisis is not over.Even after Rabbi Lanner’s resignation as NCSY director of regions was announced last Friday, wide-scale communal fallout continued from The Jewish Week’s special report on the rabbi’s alleged long-term abuse of teens — physical, emotional, psychological and se
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