Attorney General Elliott Spitzer’s investigation of the World Jewish Congress has focused of late on statements attributed to Israel Singer suggesting that the chairman of the group’s governing board had a personal $2 million “slush fund” provided to him each year by Edgar Bronfman, the WJC president.
The schism between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in this country is not only ideological (as to whether God or man wrote the Torah, for example) or increasingly political (whether President Bush’s support for Israel makes him worthy of our backing). Each group also has the perception that the other is not doing enough communally and philanthropically to bolster Jewish unity and survival.
Morris Offit, president of UJA-Federation, still seems upset about a public confrontation that took place last month at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities.
During a session on federations and foundations working together, he offered an impassioned response to charges from the so-called mega-philanthropist camp that the federation system was too stodgy and out of step with the times.
It’s easy to see why John Bolton, the controversial U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was the honoree at the annual Zionist Organization of America dinner Sunday night.In a straightforward speech to the 1,000 attendees — announced as the largest ZOA dinner ever — he pledged to “try for a new standard of honesty and truthfulness” at the United Nations regarding its treatment of Israel, and asserted that an underlying sense of anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and anti-U.S.
Last year, Bari Weiss was one of a small group of student activists on the Columbia University campus protesting the alleged anti-Israel bias of some Mideast studies professors, which became an international issue.This year, as a junior, she has channeled her energies into helping to found The Current, a campus journal at Columbia dealing with current politics, culture and Jewish affairs.“I’m an activist at heart,” Weiss said this week, “but I think that a journal of ideas may have a longer lasting impact than protests and rallies.”
Three years ago Mordechai Tendler, a controversial Modern Orthodox rabbi, met with nine leading haredi rabbis in his community of Monsey, N.Y., who challenged him on a number of his halachic rulings and on allegations that he had acted improperly with women.Since then, Rabbi Tendler has said publicly that he was exonerated by the rabbinical panel, which he has described as a bet din, or religious court.
Concluding her impassioned remarks at a panel Sunday on the future of the Conservative movement, Judith Hauptman, a rabbi and professor of Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary, issued “an open call to the next chancellor” — an issue of great interest since the announcement that Ismar Schorsch was stepping down from the post after two decades this June and with no successor chosen yet.
In a stinging report detailing a long history of fiscal improprieties and lack of accountability at the World Jewish Congress, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer concluded this week that the charity “lacked appropriate financial controls to safeguard charitable assets.”The 35-page report, issued as a signed agreement between the attorney general’s office and the WJC, barred Israel Singer, who ran the organization almost single-handedly for many years, from any position of “financial management or oversight.”It stipulated that he pay back “inapp
An investigation should be launched into charges of a so-called “phantom rule” favoring insurance companies being improperly used to decide Holocaust-era insurance claims, according to Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx).Engel was responding to a claim by Albert Lewis in The Jewish Week that he was pressured into applying this rule while he served as an arbitrator for the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC).