New York

The Shoah On Campus

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
With guidance and support from Jewish community leaders and local elected officials, Kingsborough Community College is proceeding with plans to open a Holocaust resource center this fall. The center expects to generate interaction between students at the Manhattan Beach campus and members of one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the world.

Health Bill Compromise Hailed

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
The Orthodox organization that backed an extreme position on a proposed state health bill says it is pleased with a compromise announced last week.

Hadassah Cuts

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
The world’s largest Jewish membership organization insists its programs will not be affected by a 10 percent cut in staff at its national headquarters here. “No departments were eliminated,” said Ellen Marson, executive director of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. “In light of the overall market and economic considerations, we felt the need for a review of our administrative costs,” she said. “We are reviewing how we can reduce costs without affecting programs in any way whatsoever.”

Hebrew, Arabic Schools Seen Stretching Boundaries

08/03/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
Are they academies celebrating two Middle East-centered cultures and languages, or a madrassa and a yeshiva incognito, courtesy of your tax dollars? Two nonsectarian schools slated to open next month are fueling a new debate over the boundaries of culture and religion and whether public educators can separate them in a curriculum that does not violate the Constitution. The debate comes at a time when the government is increasingly chipping away at the wall between church and state.

Adviser Sees Rudy As Tough On Saudis

07/27/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
Rudolph Giuliani’s most prominent foreign policy adviser hinted this week that the Republican presidential hopeful would break from the Bush administration’s policy of close ties with terrorist-linked and oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

Hikind: No Future For European Jews

06/22/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
After a whirlwind tour of Jewish communities in four European countries, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind says local leaders are convinced they have no future there. “It’s scary,” said Hikind, a Democrat whose district includes Borough Park and part of Flatbush. “Is it 1938 again? No, it’s not, but there sure is a very dangerous situation that exists there for Jews. One of the universal things we heard was there is no future, it’s only a question of time.”

Group Against Arab Home Demolitions Seeks Support Here

06/08/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
On the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, a human rights organization founded 10 years ago by Israelis is raising its profile and seeking more support from Americans. But the organization’s name might be misleading. The Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is not just focused on preventing the Israeli army’s destruction of Palestinian property — a cause that gained international notice in 2003 when American activist Rachel Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer while protesting such actions on the West Bank.

How Mainstream Are American Muslims?

06/01/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
A comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims released last week, apparently the first of its kind, offered a mostly mainstream picture of a community that has fallen under a microscope since 9/11.

Arabic Public School Sparks Debate

05/18/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
The announcement of a planned public school in Brooklyn focusing on Arab culture has taken the city’s education department into uncharted waters, fielding concerns over fundamentalism and the propriety of singling out cultures. Local Jewish groups either favor the creation of the Khalil Gibran International Academy — to open next year for 81 sixth to 12th grade students of all ethnic backgrounds — or have taken no position against it, even as some commentators sound alarms.

Hands-Off Approach

05/18/1997
Assistant Managing Editor
With the blessing of rabbinic authorities, the Orthodox Union’s youth group has launched a Web site promoting abstinence and warning of the impact of premarital sex on the body, mind and spirit. While declaring that they are “deeply disturbed” by teens “increasingly engaged in sexual experimentation,” officials of the National Council of Synagogue Youth insisted there was no particular catalyst within the organization’s membership.
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