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‘He Was A Real Mensch’

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
In death, 14-year-old Jacob Greenberg of Merrick, L.I., may save lives. The ninth-grader at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway and some friends were tossing around a football last week on the school’s front lawn when he collapsed. The school nurse administered CPR, and a nearby Hatzalah ambulance crew arrived within minutes and tried to revive him using a defibrillator.

Empire Heirs Strike Back

03/18/2005
Staff Writer
A German court decision within the next several months could bring millions of dollars to a New Jersey great-grandmother who is a principal heir to the Wertheim department store empire confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s. The court will rule on an appeal of a German Administrative Court decision issued March 4 that awarded about 5 acres of land to the Wertheim heirs, including Barbara Principe of the South Jersey town of Newfield.

Split Ruling On Lanner Appeal

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
In a split decision, a New Jersey appeals court dismissed one of two child endangerment charges against Baruch Lanner, the rabbi who was convicted of sexually abusing two girls at Hillel, the Ocean Township, N.J., yeshiva high school where he was principal from 1982 to 1997, but upheld the rest of the conviction. Barring successful appeals, Rabbi Lanner must still serve a seven-year sentence and be registered as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Slow Go In Jericho

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
As both sides sought to resolve differences this week over how far Israelis troops would withdraw when they hand back control of Jericho to the Palestinian Authority, it was clear that whatever agreement is reached about Jericho would set a precedent for Israeli withdrawals from four other major Palestinian West Bank cities in coming weeks. Although Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in principle to the handover, the Jericho withdrawal was delayed by Israel’s refusal to dismantle its roadblock at the entrance to the city.

‘Step Forward’ For UN

01/21/2005
Staff Writer
The United Nations, which has been called “the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism,” on Monday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. Yad Vashem, the Israeli museum and memorial, has erected an exhibit in the UN lobby featuring pictures of the death camp at Auschwitz. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and survivor, will address a special session of the General Assembly.“

Questions Arise Over Demographic Presentation

01/21/2005
Staff Writer
Despite a presentation to Jewish leaders here last week that sought to refute statistics that indicate the soaring Palestinian birthrate will threaten the character of the Jewish state unless the Palestinians get their own state, not everyone is convinced. “It was an incredibly detailed presentation,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “On our mission [next month to Israel] we’ll have a presentation by those who have a different viewpoint.”

Jews To Catholic Church: Delay Sainthood For Pius XII

01/14/2005
Staff Writer
In 1941, when Abraham Foxman was a year old, his parents and a nursemaid carried him east from his Polish homeland to Vilna in an effort to outrun the Nazis. But they failed, and the Nazis ordered his parents and the other Jews of Vilna into a ghetto.

Long Wait For Justice

01/14/2005
Staff Writer
The America of today is not the America of 40 years ago, but young people still need role models and Carolyn Goodman of Manhattan said her slain son should be among them. “I think Andrew was the model of a steadfast person who believed that it’s important to reach out to people no matter what their color or ethnicity or race,” she said. “That is what he meant to people 40 years ago and it’s even more important today because we are living in precarious times.”

Allegations Against Survivors’ Lawyer

01/07/2005
Staff Writer
Edward Fagan, the first lawyer to sue Swiss banks for hoarding the money of Holocaust victims and who championed survivors’ rights in insurance and art cases, has been charged by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics with looting more than $400,000 from the trust accounts of two survivors he represented. Disciplinary action ranges from an admonition to disbarment.“The knowing misappropriation [of funds] is a disbarable offense,” said John McGill III, the deputy ethics counsel who is overseeing the case.

Answering The Call

02/15/2002
Staff Writer
After making calls last year for Super Sunday, UJA-Federation’s annual phone solicitation drive, Rhonda Buckley of Dix Hills, L.I., returned this year with two of her daughters. “Years ago, UJA-Federation helped me out with a subsidy for the kids’ summer camp ... and I thought it would be nice to give back,” she said at the organization’s Syosset office.
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