New York

Lynn Singer, 80; Soviet Jewry Activist

12/09/2005
Associate Editor

Lynn Singer, the unlikely suburban activist who steered both the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry through the heyday of the Soviet Jewry movement, died Nov. 30 of cancer. Mrs. Singer was 80 and lived in East Meadow, L.I.

Mrs. Singer was involved in local Jewish womenís organizations in the 1960s such as ORT and Hadassah, but that was before her passion was ignited by a gritty, urban grassroots operation, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, based in Manhattan.

Lynn Singer, 80; Soviet Jewry Activist

12/09/2005
Associate Editor

Lynn Singer, the unlikely suburban activist who steered both the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry through the heyday of the Soviet Jewry movement, died Nov. 30 of cancer. Mrs. Singer was 80 and lived in East Meadow, L.I.

Mrs. Singer was involved in local Jewish womenís organizations in the 1960s such as ORT and Hadassah, but that was before her passion was ignited by a gritty, urban grassroots operation, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, based in Manhattan.

Tuning Out Terror

12/16/2005
Associate Editor

Perhaps no one since Adolph Eichmann has been charged with complicity in more Jewish murders than Sami Al-Arian, the Florida professor affiliated with Islamic Jihad.

The difference between Eichmann and Al-Arian is that in 1962, the year the Nazi was hanged for his crimes against humanity, the American public and the Jewish public cared. In 2005, with the lack of media coverage, maybe they werenít given an opportunity to care.Al-Arian was acquitted last week on eight counts, including conspiring to murder, with the jury unable to reach a verdict on nine additional counts.

Manic On ëMunichí

01/05/2006
Associate Editor

You can still hear the laughter from 1992 when then-Vice President Dan Quayle made a speech critical of the family values depicted on the TV show ìMurphy Brown.î Enlightened columnists almost universally mocked Quayle for taking a TV show way too seriously.

But in the past two years, in what is starting to look like an annual event, first with ìThe Passion of the Christî and now with ìMunich,î some top Jewish journalists have gone totally Quayle with overheated angst that confuses a three-reeler with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Sharon: Thomas Jefferson Or Luca Brasi?

01/13/2006
Associate Editor

With Prime Minister Ariel Sharon incapacitated, the polite instinct is to praise him and pray. In the half-light between life and death, clarity gives way to hagiography.

More Renaissance Than ëRemnantsí

02/10/2006
Associate Editor

The ìlast remnantsî of the Lower East Side?Holly Kaye, founding executive director of the Lower East Side Conservancy and now its consultant, was taken aback reading those words in the Associated Press story about the collapsed roof of the First Roumanian-American Congregation on Rivington Street.

Identity Crisis

03/03/2006
Associate Editor

Whatís below the surface is more frightening that whatís above.

Wafa Sultanís Perfect Internet Storm

03/17/2006
Associate Editor

Itís hard to figure out just what was news about the critique of Islamic fascism posed by Wafa Sultan on Al Jazeera last month. If anything was ìdog bites man,î this was it.

Leftist Fear Of Religion Could Undercut Obama

04/30/2008
Associate Editor

Whatever happened to the quaint idea that people are drawn to religion because of God, not gelt, and not guilt either?
In a campaign where there’s been so much talk about “smears,” more than a few religious people have felt smeared in recent weeks by left-wing leaders who consider themselves religious, let alone smeared by one leader’s fiery pastor.

The Baal Shem Tov, Revealed Anew

03/24/2006
Associate Editor

Some 300 years ago in whatís now Ukraine, a young boy, Yisroel Ben-Eliezer, couldnít stand to stay in the classroom. Heíd run away into nearby forests and fields. On one of his runaways he came upon a small house, illuminated from within. On his return he told of entering the innermost room where demons were laughing wildly.
 

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