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Pols' Year-End Scorecard

01/03/2003
Staff Writer
It'll be a happier new year for President George W. Bush, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and City Comptroller Bill Thompson than for Andrew Cuomo, Rep. Charles Rangel and the Clintons. That's the verdict (with a disagreement or two) from a panel of experts consulted by The Jewish Week for a political roundup of 2002, and a forecast for the year just begun.

Translator To Aid Russian Seniors

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
After weeks of complaints from Russian-speaking residents at its senior housing complex, Brookdale Hospital has hired a full-time translator to aid them. "We have been informed that a person has been hired as a HUD coordinator to work on housing benefits, and will also provide language assistance services for Russian-speaking residents," said Rose Cuison-Villazor of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

District Split Roils Brighton Beach

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
Some residents of Brighton Beach are angry over a new redistricting plan that would remove the heavily immigrant Brooklyn neighborhood from its current City Council district, possibly diluting its political power. But others in the area are welcoming the change because it could amount to increased clout for Russian-speaking immigrants, who would be a concentrated presence in two districts rather than one.

‘Lost Jews’ Find New Friends

09/27/2002
Editor & Publisher
The Jewish community, here and around the world, equates demographics with survival, so it’s only natural that we obsess over our numbers. But we may be willfully ignoring a plausible solution to our ever-worrisome dwindling Jewish population.

Closed Chapter

11/01/2002
Editor & Publisher
‘One People, Two Worlds,” the title of the current book by a Reform and an Orthodox rabbi exploring the issues that divide them, proved to be all too accurate this week when the Orthodox author, Yosef Reinman — under pressure from religious leaders in his haredi community — canceled a 17-day, 17-city book tour that was to begin Sunday with co-author Ammiel Hirsch.

Weathering The Pluralism Wars

02/20/1998
Editor & Publisher
Two leading rabbis, one Conservative and the other Modern Orthodox, called for alliances between their movements last week, even while strongly criticizing the other’s views on pluralism, conversion in Israel, and the chief rabbinate there.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a leading voice of the Conservative movement, and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, Israel, engaged in a spirited dialogue Feb. 11 before an overflow crowd at Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Manhattan congregation Rabbi Riskin founded more than three decades ago.

Fighting Back Against ‘Evil’

04/14/2000
Editor & Publisher
Deborah Lipstadt says that for all the emotional, spiritual and professional pain she endured standing trial in England this winter, accused of defaming Holocaust denier David Irving, she considers the experience a blessing. A few days before Tuesday’s verdict, which Irving lost — castigated by the judge as a bigot and anti-Semite — Lipstadt told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview, “My life has been disrupted by this case for several years, but I feel I was blessed.”

Judges With A Heart

02/20/1998
Editor & Publisher
In a nondescript building in the heart of Jerusalem, Rabbi Joseph Carmel presides over 40 students who may hold a key to solving the rancorous “Who is a Jew” debate in Israel.

Next For Neeman: Women At The Wall

03/27/1998
Editor & Publisher
It’s Round 2 for the Neeman Commission. Still staggering from the knock-down, drag-out fight over conversions in Israel, the five-member committee chaired by Finance Minister Yaacov Neeman is about to enter the freedom-of-religion fray again, this time to tackle the controversy over allowing women to pray in groups at the Western Wall.
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