It has no set agenda, an unclear number of participants and a history of inactivity, but the City Council’s Jewish caucus has no shortage of leadership.
When Brooklyn’s Michael Nelson called for a meeting of the Jewish Study Group following Wednesday’s meeting of the full Council, sources say David Weprin of Queens sprung into action, asking to co-chair the group.
As the senior Jewish Council member, some saw Nelson as a natural chairman.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s whirlwind Israel visit, which scored points with citizens of the besieged Jewish state and New York constituents, has drawn criticism from an unlikely source.
Americans for Peace Now, a group that closely supported the Oslo peace process championed by her husband, President Bill Clinton, rapped the senator and former first lady for not meeting with Palestinians.
Democratic state senators in two heavily Jewish districts in Brooklyn and Queens could find themselves duking it out this fall if proposed redistricting lines become law. But two of the senators insisted the proposals would be changed by Election Day.
“This is a proposal by a technician who doesn’t understand the consequences,” huffed Sen. Carl Kruger, whose heavily white south Brooklyn district has been carved up under new lines released by a legislative task force in Albany last week.
When Heshy Friedman saw a flier warning Borough Park Jews to steer clear of a Muslim-owned grocery on 13th Avenue, he reacted swiftly. But not how the printer of the flier intended.
“I went out of my way to shop there to show that this is not the way most people in Borough Park behave,” said Friedman, a 43-year resident of the heavily Orthodox neighborhood and director of the business program at Brooklyn College.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”