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Hikind Fights For Political Life As Trial Opens

05/21/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
One side painted the charity and the assemblyman as partners in a complex web of corruption, deceit and political manipulation. The other side cited their partnership as the instrument that lifted up the lives of hundreds of thousands, Jews and non-Jews, helping them find jobs, housing and training.

Jewish Leaders PushFor U.S. Withdrawal

05/21/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The throngs were still cheering the marching bands and flag-waving yeshiva children snaking up Fifth Avenue last Sunday at the Israel Day Parade. But at the ornate Essex Hotel on Central Park South, just blocks from the reviewing stand where he had hailed the crowd two hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed for just a moment uncharacteristically reticent.

Hikind Case Takes A Surprise Turn

05/07/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Just two weeks from trial, the federal corruption case against Assemblyman Dov Hikind took a surprising turn last week when one of his two codefendants suddenly pleaded guilty to paying off the Brooklyn political leader. Paul Chernick, a top official of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Boro Park, then Brooklyn’s largest Jewish community council, told a Brooklyn court last Thursday that he had made illegal payoffs to Hikind in exchange for government grants Hikind secured for the council.

Lauder’s Proposed Serb Deal Eyed

02/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer

They first met through Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought them together when both were supporting his ultimately successful 1993 bid to lead Israel’s Likud Party.

But this week, the booming business partnership that emerged between philanthropist and media mogul Ronald Lauder and Netanyahu campaign official Itzhak Fisher in 1994 took a controversial turn.

Syrit College Head Indicted

03/19/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Elliot Amsel, a key fund-raiser for indicted Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, was indicted himself last week on charges of embezzling $725,000 from Syrit College, the Brooklyn school he runs. The federal indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, also charged Rabbi Amsel with obstructing justice and evading income tax.

Fresh Rift Emerges Over War Response

01/06/2009 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

Beneath the surge of Jewish unity, as a broad spectrum of pro-Israel groups back Israel’s Gaza military surge, are differences over tactics, growing uncertainty over exactly how to express support for the embattled Jewish state and some of the sharpest skirmishes yet between “mainstream” Jewish organizations and the peace camp.

Suffering On Jewish Main Street

10/09/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Inside a Kew Gardens Hills spa that pampers its customers with manicures and facials, only a few women are having their nails done this morning. “Customers are not coming as often,” says the owner, a middle-aged woman with a Russian accent, declining to give her name. A year ago, she says, “there was always a waiting line.”

Celebrating On The Streets Of Jerusalem

10/23/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In recent months Christian supporters of Israel have come under increasing criticism from parts of the Jewish community who suspect Christians of harboring missionary or apocalyptic motives. Last week several thousand Christian supporters came to the Jewish state and expressed their continued support — with their feet.

Instead Of Golf, Pounding The Pavement

10/23/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A recession doesn’t take a holiday, but this month’s succession of Jewish holidays has delayed the full effect of the economic crisis in New York City’s Jewish community, say representatives of the largest Jewish-sponsored employment counseling and referral organization. Wait until next month.
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