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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Health and human services represent 40 percent of the Nassau County budget but have been an “afterthought” when it comes to getting the attention of county government, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi told representatives of UJA-Federation’s social service network on Long Island.
“Everyone knows how important these services are,” said Suozzi, Nassau’s first Democratic county executive in nearly 40 years, last week at UJA-Federation’s annual Long Island Legislative Breakfast at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview.
With no fanfare and little debate, the Claims Conference has overturned its controversial 17-year policy of setting aside 20 percent of its allocations for Holocaust education.
As a result, the group has decided to pump another $112 million into social-service programs for survivors over the next four years while freezing funds for educational, documentation and research projects at $18 million annually.
A leader of the Jewish community in Argentina said here last week that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent state visit to Buenos Aires has placed the Jewish community on alert.
“We’ll be observing to see if relations between Iran and Venezuela bring problems to Jews in Argentina and other Latin American countries,” said Angel Schindel, first vice president of the DAIA, Argentina’s Jewish political umbrella group representing 140 institutions.
The water from the torrential rain that flooded the basement of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad in Mineola, L.I., last month may have done significant damage to the shul, but its rabbi is looking ahead — even as he laid to rest an irreparably damaged Torah.
The water from a fierce storm that hit Mineola in mid-July was pumped out ahead of any mold damage and nearly 6,000 irreparably damaged prayer books and sacred works were placed in a repository.
The New York Jewish community opened its pocketbook after Israel was attacked by Hezbollah last summer, contributing $45 million to a special UJA-Federation Israel Emergency Campaign, the group announced last week. That money — added to $151 million from its annual campaign, $44 million from planned giving and endowments and $51.5 million in capital gifts — helped the organization raise a record $290 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That was a whopping $80 million more than the previous record set just last year.