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Simplifying The Message

09/22/2000
Editor & Publisher
Heading into the home stretch of his three-year presidency of UJA-Federation of New York, James Tisch remains committed to increasing donors and dollars by simplifying the goal of the complex organization.“We help Jews in need — in New York, Israel and around the world,” he asserted during an interview at his office at the Loews Corp., where he is president and CEO. He has tried to keep the charity focused, rejecting proposals that it make a priority of religious or political initiatives such as revitalizing synagogues or supporting tuition vouchers for day schools.

State Buys $5 Million In Israel Bonds

09/25/1998
Staff Writer
For the first time, New York State has bought State of Israel Bonds directly from the Israeli government. The state recently purchased $5 million in Bonds from the Development Corporation for Israel. State Comptroller H. Carl McCall said the action was prompted in part by his trip to Israel in April for a celebration of the nation’s 50th anniversary. “Seeing what was happening with the economy and what they were doing with the money was reassuring,” said McCall.

Off And Running

09/18/1998
Staff Writer
The second time, it turns out, was the charm for Eliot Spitzer. After finishing last in a four-way primary for attorney general four years ago, the Manhattan millionaire lawyer handily defeated his three opponents in the Democratic primary for the same seat Tuesday and immediately set his sights on unseating incumbent Republican Dennis Vacco.

UN Showdown Seen On Palestinian State

09/18/1998
Staff Writer
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat is planning to use the debates in the 53rd session of the General Assembly that begin here Monday as a platform from which to reaffirm his intention to declare a Palestinian state next year, according to a Palestinian official at the United Nations. Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to address the General Assembly next Thursday — four days ahead of Arafat — Israeli officials expect him to warn that such a move would “destabilize the whole Middle East.”

Generali Balks At Probe

09/18/1998
Staff Writer
Despite signing an agreement Monday allowing an international commission to determine its liability in Holocaust-era life insurance policies, the major Italian insurance company Assicurazioni Generali insists it will pay no more than $100 million. A company spokesman, Dan Leonard, told The Jewish Week that Generali was still committed to honoring a $100 million settlement it reached last month with lawyers for survivors and their heirs who hold unpaid policies.

Israel Goes To The Hill For Pollard

09/18/1998
Staff Writer
Saying the case of Jonathan Pollard is “like a bone in the throat” of relations between Israel and the United States, an Israeli cabinet member asked Capitol Hill lawmakers not to criticize President Bill Clinton should he order the convicted spy’s release after 13 years in prison. “I met with senators and congressmen and everyone said the meetings went well,” said Yuli Edelstein, the minister of immigrant absorption.

In Her Own Right

09/11/1998
Staff Writer
Twenty-five years ago, Carole Solomon flew to Israel for a trip that would forever change her life. “We flew in at night and Lod Airport [now Ben-Gurion] was completely blacked out,” recalled Solomon, the new national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. “We arrived immediately after the cease-fire [in the Yom Kippur War].”

Buying Israeli, First Hand

05/17/2002
Editor & Publisher
Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda mall came to Manhattan for a day last Sunday and the results were profitable, and inspiring. More than 5,000 people streamed into Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side to show their support for Israel by buying virtually everything on sale, and then some, from at least seven Israeli vendors who were flown over for the occasion by the congregation.

OU Standing By Lanner Report

05/31/2002
Editor & Publisher
Whether or not Rabbi Baruch Lanner is convicted of sexually assaulting two former female students, leaders of the Orthodox Union — his employer for three decades — assert the rabbi has a long history as an abuser of teens and is not qualified to work with young people. His trial is set to start this week in Monmouth County, N.J., and could last several weeks. Rabbi Lanner faces up to 33 years in jail if convicted on all six counts — two each for aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

Angel From Montgomery

04/07/2000
Staff Writer

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