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How The UN Was ‘Hijacked’ By Anti-Western Countries

04/24/2009
Editor and Publisher
 Richard Schifter is not a gifted orator.  The former U.S. representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, who served during the 1980s, delivered the keynote address of what was billed as the Durban II Counter-Conference Program at Fordham University Law School here on Monday, and his presentation was lengthy, dry and delivered in a near monotone.  

Taking On The Crooks, But First, The DA

02/25/2009
Staff Writer
Leslie Crocker Snyder, 66, has announced that she is again seeking to defeat Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 89, in the Democratic primary in September. When she lost in 2005, she won 41.9 percent of the vote and now declares herself to be the “frontrunner” in the primary race. At least three other lawyers have expressed interest in the job but have said they would only run if Morgenthau did not.

Taking On The Crooks, But First, The DA

02/25/2009
Staff Writer
Leslie Crocker Snyder, 66, has announced that she is again seeking to defeat Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 89, in the Democratic primary in September. When she lost in 2005, she won 41.9 percent of the vote and now declares herself to be the “frontrunner” in the primary race. At least three other lawyers have expressed interest in the job but have said they would only run if Morgenthau did not.

NEW: Talansky Rejects Partial Immunity

02/04/2009
Staff Writer
Long Island businessman Morris Talansky will not accept a U.S. Justice Department offer of partial immunity in return for his testimony in the bribe-receiving probe of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to his Manhattan lawyer. "The offer doesn't protect Mr. Talansky because they could still use what he says in order to get leads [against him]," said Brad Simon, Talansky's lawyer.

Seminaries, 92nd St. Y Face Painful Cuts

01/28/2009
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In further signs that the deepening recession is having a major impact on Jewish universities and institutions, two major seminaries here announced tuition freezes and budget cuts, the city’s largest Jewish cultural institution laid off nearly 10 percent of its staff and Brandeis University is taking  the highly unusual step of selling off its prized contemporary art collection.

‘In The Name Of Our Common Humanity’

01/28/2009
Staff Writer
Joseph Nsengimana, the Rwandan ambassador to the United Nations, was among 21 diplomats Saturday morning at Park East Synagogue’s Holocaust remembrance program. Three days later, he found himself sitting in for the president of the UN General Assembly to open the UN’s fourth annual Holocaust commemoration. “I felt comfortable doing it because I am really committed to the commemoration of the Holocaust, because we at the UN also commemorate the genocide in Rwanda,” he said.

Judge Versus Rabbis

01/21/2009
Staff Writer
As more and more “black-hat” Jews flocked into the Five Towns in recent years, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence found itself at a crossroads. The highly regarded Modern Orthodox day school, with a middle-of-the-road philosophy that mixes tradition with modernity, was now a fish out of water, so to speak — a left-leaning institution in an area quickly moving to the right religiously.

Hadassah Reveals $130 Million Windfall From Madoff

01/14/2009
Staff Writer
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, may have lost $90 million invested with Bernard Madoff, but over the last 20 years it withdrew $130 million from that account, The Jewish Week has learned. “We had no idea how much we had pulled out until a few days ago,” said a source close to the organization. The source said Hadassah “went back through its books, year by year, to check all the records” to learn how much was withdrawn after receiving many calls from members upset with the $90 million loss.

Rally Organizers See A More ‘Energized’ Community

01/14/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
They came this time in twos and threes, with spouses, children and grandchildren, with small groups of friends — all in the hope of sending a message that American Jews stand with Israel in its battle with Hamas, the faction of Islamic militants that rules Gaza.

The U.S. Front

01/07/2009
Staff Writer
As American Jewish leaders and politicians flew to Israel to bring back eyewitness accounts of the war with Hamas, Jewish groups here arranged for Israeli leaders to brief their members by phone and fundraising efforts were launched to help Israelis under attack. On Tuesday afternoon, several thousand people turned out on little notice for a pro-Israel rally held across from the Israeli Consulate, sponsored by AMCHA (Coalition for Jewish Concerns), Fuel For Truth, the National Council of Young Israel and about 20 other organizations.
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