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Never Too Old To Laugh

Editor and Publisher
After hearing several clever ideas from the elderly woman in his comedy workshop last Sunday, comedian Tim Davis told her approvingly, “you should have a Web site.” “I don’t even have a television,” she snapped back. “Gave it to my super.”

Mr. Outside, Mr. Inside

Editor and Publisher
Nearly three decades ago, a number of Jewish student activists were planning to stage a public protest in front of the offices of the Jewish Federation of New York. They were seeking funding for Jewish education and an increased emphasis on Jewish values, but John Ruskay, then a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, decided not to participate with his friends.Not because he didn’t support their cause, but because he felt it was useless to try to change the federation system. Better, he argued, to create alternative organizations.

Delicate Dance Of Diaspora Relations

Editor and Publisher
Rabbi Michael Melchior is well aware that the odds are against him succeeding in his effort to improve Israel-diaspora relations. “Most issues that come across my desk will fail,” the Israeli minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community told The Jewish Week in an interview here on Monday.“We are at that delicate stage where our religious leaders recognize that issues are tearing us apart as a people, but they are not yet willing to compromise.

Spitzer, Clinton Lead Dem Victories

Staff Writer
In his overwhelming victory Tuesday, Eliot Spitzer made history as the first Jewish Democrat nominated for governor in more than 60 years. If he prevails over Republican John Faso in November’s general election, hewould be the state’s second Jewish governor and the first since HerbertLehman served from 1932 to 1948.

Orthodoxy Is Under His Microscope

Staff Writer
If you keep close tabs on the Orthodox in America, you probably know Samuel Heilman’s name. He’s been keeping tabs himself on the subject for years, having written numerous articles and two books about Judiasm’s most rigidly observant stream.

Israel Now Key Issue In Brooklyn House Races

Staff Writer
Activists in the large Orthodox community that lies in the center of two contested congressional districts in Tuesday’s Democratic primary have launched a massive campaign in support of one incumbent and an embattled candidate, citing Israel as a primary concern. The campaign consists of mailings, phone calls and posters and home visits in support of Rep. Edolphus Towns, the 12-term incumbent running in the 10th Congressional District, and David Yassky, the white city councilman who is running to succeed retiring Rep. Major Owens in a district intended to empower blacks.

Coalitions And The Clubhouse

Staff Writer
Stepping out the door of his Nostrand Avenue campaign office on Tuesday, state Sen. Carl Andrews took a minute to express pride in the diverse coalition backing his congressional bid. “Who else can bring together Eliot Spitzer on the left and Dov Hikind on the right, and Tom Duane on the left and Rhoda Jacobs on the right, and David Dinkins on the left and Carl Kruger on the right?” asked Andrews as he stepped out into a light drizzle.

Most Jews Backed Joe

Staff Writer
Heading to the polls as fighting between Israel and Hezbollah intensified last week, hundreds of undecided Jewish Democrats in Connecticut may have decided to back Sen. Joe Lieberman rather than his primary challenger, Ned Lamont. Although Lieberman narrowly lost by an overall margin of 52-48 percent in a race that saw a higher-than-usual turnout of 45 percent, an exit poll of 2,669 voters by CBS News and the New York Times showed him winning 61 percent of the Jewish vote.

Comptroller Seen Ready To Act On Iran Divestment

Assistant Managing Editor
William C. Thompson, who as city comptroller is custodian of five pension funds with nearly $95 billion in assets, is likely to soon announce a limited divestment from stocks in some companies that do business with Iran, The Jewish Week has learned.

Building A Future?

Associate Editor

If they build it, who will come?

That seems to be the high-stakes, $20 million roll of the dice Lincoln Square Synagogue is prepared to take as its membership will soon vote on a plan to tear down its famous ìshul in the roundî and erect what would be the first new synagogue building on the West Side since, well, Lincoln Square itself, in 1970.

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