National Public Radio has no trouble seeing right and wrong in dozens of other issues, but when it comes to Israel, NPR gave both Palestinian and Israeli historians ìan opportunity to explain how they see it differently.î
For its series last fall on ìMorning Edition,î ìThe Mideast: A Century of Conflict,î researched and reported by veteran NPR News correspondent Mike Shuster, that approach earned the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Khaled J., leaning against a wall in the gloomy light of the Bronx County Courthouse, says he has nothing against Jews.
ìI used to work for Jews, at Main Event,î a kosher pizza place in Riverdale. ìI made your falafel, your kosher pizza. We never had trouble. That was before.î Before this war started in the fall of 2000. ìMy nephew, heís on trial for who he is.î
Last yearís Salute to Israel Parade sparked a furor when The New York Times ran a photograph of an anti-Israel placard amid the thousands of Israel supporters ó a posed shot for which the Times later clarified as a mischaracterization of the rally.
For this yearís salute, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the parade committee is trying to ensure the focus stays on Israel support rather than a pocket of protesters.
It was an incident that made headlines around the world: a cinderblock was thrown through the bedroom window of 5-year-old Isaac Schnitzer in Billings, Mont., in December, 1993, to protest the family's window display of a menorah and other Jewish symbols.
More than 400 people participated in a recent walk-a-thon at the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights, home of the new Sunrise Day Camp for youngsters with cancer and their siblings.
Believed to be the only day camp of its kind in the United States, this six-week day camp is free of charge to participants and has already raised $1.3 million. It expects to open July 10 with between 60 and 100 children ages 31/2 to 16.
The concept of klal Yisrael (that all Jews are one) will begin to come alive under a proposal now being developed to bring together young people from Jewish community centers in Buenos Aires and Jerusalem with those in Commack and Cedarhurst.
"Klal Yisrael is a concept that is written in our prayers but is not one that people can feel," said Smadar Bar-Adiva, executive director of the World Confederation of Jewish Community Centers.
In his farewell address, the outgoing chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary delivered a scathing attack on his students for craving "instant gratification" rather than "dense and demanding discourse," and on his own Conservative movement for too easily permitting "fundamental changes."
Seeds of Change, an award-winning cross-cultural program for Jewish and Hispanic youth, will be a model for the newly created Latino Jewish Council of Long Island as it seeks to strengthen Jewish-Latino relations in at least three Long Island communities, the group announced last week.
The organized Jewish community sent out a "security briefing update" Tuesday amid reports that the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorist organization has sleeper cells in New York and other major American cities that may be activated in the event of an American-Iranian confrontation over Iran's nuclear efforts.
"There is no specific threat or credible information regarding a threat to the Jewish community," stressed Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.