New York

Democrats Ready To Rumble

03/25/2005
Staff Writer
Trying to whip up some partisan fervor in advance of upcoming city and state elections, Democratic operatives on Sunday belittled Republican gains among Jewish voters, even as others expressed concern over them. “Republicans made scant progress” in the last election, Rep. Jerrold Nadler told the crowd at the National Jewish Democratic Council’s breakfast, held at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan in an apparent bid to reinforce the party’s longstanding traditional ties to the community.

Schumer’s Dire Prediction

03/11/2005
Staff Writer
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will fail to reach a lasting peace agreement with Israel, leading to another conflict in the Middle East, Sen. Charles Schumer predicted Sunday at a breakfast with Jewish leaders. Noting that the prospects for Israel-Palestinian peace hinge on whether Abbas can crack down on terrorist factions and form a government committed to coexistence, Schumer said in his opinion, the answer is “frankly, no.”

Tens Of Thousands Mark Talmud Completion

03/04/2005
Staff Writer
Shmuel Mermelstein found the time during a vacation in Anatalia, Turkey. Jay Radin took a meaningful pause outside the elephant cage of the Bronx Zoo. Abraham Biederman often indulged his spiritual pursuit at City Hall, when he was the city’s commissioner of finance in the 1980s.

Israelis Watching Muslim 9-11 Suits

02/25/2005
Staff Writer
Five Israelis arrested on 9-11 who allege in a civil suit that they were abused for weeks by guards at a federal prison in Brooklyn are closely watching two similar suits by Muslim detainees who make virtually the same allegations. Judge John Gleeson of U.S. District Court could rule at any time on a motion by the government to dismiss the case involving the Muslims, who were picked up following the terror attacks for visa violations and held for months while being investigated for ties to terrorist groups.

Curbing Their Enthusiasm

02/25/2005
Staff Writer
In 1999, far in advance of the 2001 mayoral race, Chanina Sperlin and his Crown Heights Political Action Committee gave their blessing to Fernando Ferrer, then the Bronx borough president seeking the Democratic nomination. This year, with barely nine months to go until this year’s election, the jury is still out in Crown Heights.

Tsunami Funds Now At $23 Million

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
More than seven weeks after the Asia tsunami disaster, donations to Jewish agencies’ relief funds have slowed somewhat as the millions already raised begin to flow to partner agencies in the affected areas. “There has been a natural trail-off, given that the attention has died down,” said Will Recant, assistant executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which oversees the Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief. “But Jewish giving was overwhelming.”

Reunited Via The Web

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
Besides her parents, Ruth Neuwald Falcon knew of no other blood relatives who had survived the Holocaust.

Pressure Mounts On CIA Over Nazi Files

02/04/2005
Staff Writer
The Senate sponsor of a law requiring government agencies to disclose information on postwar U.S.-Nazi cooperation has told CIA officials he would convene hearings to determine why the agency is withholding some documents. In a meeting between intelligence officials and members of the Nazi War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group investigating the files Tuesday, Sen. Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican, said he would call CIA Director Porter Goss before the Senate Judiciary Committee in two weeks to discuss the files, according to participants in the conference.

Feingold: Bill Of Rights Not Suggestions

03/24/2006
Staff Writer
Taking his campaign to censure President Bush to Brooklyn this week, Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin — who may be the next Jewish candidate for the White House — called on “the weak of heart in Washington” to join his cause. Support thus far has been underwhelming. Only two other senators, both fellow Democrats, have backed Feingold’s resolution to reprimand the president for authorizing wiretaps in anti-terrorism surveillance without federal warrants “and then misleading the country about the existence and legality of the program.”

A Friend ’Til The End

12/28/2001
Staff Writer
In March of 1994, barely three months into Rudolph Giuliani’s term as New York’s 107th mayor, a gunman opened fire on a van full of chasidic students crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Four yeshiva boys who had been visiting the Lubavitcher rebbe were wounded, one fatally. Within hours the mayor was live on television, offering a reward and promising to use every available law enforcement resource to capture the terrorist. He held two more news conferences in the ensuing 24 hours, the latter to announce the arrest of gunman Rashid Baz.
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