Now that H. Carl McCall is the uncontested Democratic candidate for governor, the extent of Jewish support for his candidacy is expected to come under close scrutiny at a crucial moment in black-Jewish political relations.
McCall, the state comptroller who would be New York's first African-American governor (and the second in the nation's history) was expected to win overwhelmingly among Jews in Tuesday's Democratic primary, making what some viewed as an important statement in the wake of two divisive congressional races in the south.
The young Jewish man from Brooklyn who famously shared breakfast with Yasir Arafat last April, holed up in his Ramallah compound, says the Palestinian leader is corrupt and should be replaced as the administrator of funds for his people.
But Adam Shapiro defended Arafat as committed to peace with Israel, rejecting the widely held belief (now part of U.S. Mideast policy) that the aging PLO founder has been tainted by ties to terrorism and is an obstacle to peace.
In a sign of ethnic strife in the race for a gerrymandered state Senate seat in Manhattan and the Bronx, one Dominican activist has lashed out against another for supporting "a Jewish descendant" instead of candidate Guillermo Linares.
After a four-year battle to maintain control over who can share living quarters at its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University quietly changed its policy this month, avoiding a trial in the lawsuit brought by lesbian students who claimed discrimination.
Under the previous policy, unmarried couples were allowed to share housing only if both parties were students at the college.
Against the backdrop of a nation on the verge of its first black major-party presidential candidate, a panel of three commentators and an elected official last week pondered the state of prejudice in America, largely coming up with a rosy picture.
“This is the soil on the globe most fertile for elevation and humanization,” said Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark.
The dissenter was Peter Noel, an author, radio host and former Village Voice columnist, who argued that glaring inequities in law enforcement and other realms obfuscated any progress.
Calling Lemrick Nelson Jr.'s attack on Yankel Rosenbaum a "horrendous and pathetic act of racial and religious bigotry," a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison (most of it already served) on a civil rights conviction Wednesday.
The sentence, handed down exactly 12 years from the day Rosenbaum succumbed to his wounds, will likely spell the end of Nelson's protracted journey through the legal system, an odyssey that has resulted in three trials with numerous twists and turns.
After failing to elect a Russian-speaking candidate to the City Council last year, activists in the city's best-known immigrant neighborhood are now backing a non-emigre in a heated Assembly contest.
Susan Lasher, whose husband, Howard, represented Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Coney Island in both the City Council and state Assembly, is taking on incumbent Adele Cohen in the Democratic primary Sept. 10.
Lenora Fulani isn't running for anything this year, but the Marxist activist and frequent candidate (who has made controversial statements about Jews, Israel and the Sept. 11 attacks) is fast becoming one of the most talked-about personalities on the political scene.
That's got Jewish leaders worried about elected officials turning a blind eye for quick political gain.
In a historic partnership, dozens of local paramedics and technicians from the Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Service are being trained by Magen David Adom to field emergency calls in Israel in the event of a major war.
"We have told Magen David that we are ready to go when you need us the most," said Chevra Hatzalah president Heshy Jacob, who hopes to have 60 volunteers trained and ready before the High Holy Days.
Despite a session of raucous testimony on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on July 9, members of the City Council remain "unequivocally pro-Israel," Speaker Gifford Miller told The Jewish Week.
In his first comments on the hearing that lasted more than three hours, and included a call for an "evenhanded" resolution condemning violence on both sides, Miller said there was no place for what he called a "morally relative" approach when dealing with terrorism.