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Scaling the Language Barrier

Special To The Jewish Week
12/09/2009

Driven by Zionism, native New Yorkers-cum-Chicagoans Gershom and Bobbie Lichtenberg immigrated to Israel two years ago, leaving behind their adult children and their ability to speak the local language. Both joined ulpan programs at level Aleph — the lowest, for beginners — and, compounding their challenge, chose specifically to live in a mostly Russian neighborhood so that they’d have no choice but to learn conversational Hebrew.

Rebuilding Community In The West

JTA
12/09/2009

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Jean and Arnold Palestine are glad to be back home — an attached condo unit overlooking the craggy red mountains of the Arizona desert.

Having just returned from a winter visit to Florida, the octogenarian New Yorkers are pleased that they chose to retire to the arid Western desert in 1992 rather than move down south.

Settler Sponsor Target Of Probe

11/12/1999
Staff Writer
Spurred by a grass-roots alliance of local Jews, Latinos, labor unions and clergy, California’s state legislature is investigating the business dealings of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a controversial sponsor of Jewish settlements in Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.

Formal Charges Loom For Jailed Iranian Jews

08/20/1999
Staff Writer
After nearly seven months in jail, 13 Iranian Jews imprisoned by their government on suspicion of spying for Israel and the United States faced the prospect of formal charges Thursday. Iranian Jewish activists here said the government had completed its investigation of the 13 and was prepared to announce its results. They cited Manouchehr Eliassi, the Jewish community’s official representative in Iran’s parliament, as among their sources.

Alleged NPR Bias: A Matter For Congress?

04/09/1999
Staff Writer
Taking its complaints about biased reporting to a new level, a pro-Israel media monitoring group is urging Congress to investigate public radio’s Mideast coverage. In an April 2 ad on The New York Times opinion page, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, or CAMERA, skewered National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” news program for “distortion,” “error” and “endemic bias” against Israel.

Despite Progress, Showdown Looms

10/02/1998
Lawrence Cohler-Esses is a staff writer. James D. Besser is Washington correspondent.
Like Lucy holding out her football for Charlie Brown to kick again, President Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat once more raised the world’s expectations Monday for a breakthrough on their long-stalled peace agreement. But when the three faced an expectant White House press corps after their meeting, Clinton again voiced the phrases heard so often before.

Adelson-Backed Group Going Kaput?

Freedom's Watch faces internal dissent, results of economic meltdown

12/03/2008
Washington Correspondent

Remember Freedom’s Watch?

Early in the year, there were reports that the new, Sheldon Adelson-backed group — originally meant to generate support for the Bush administration policies in Iraq and then to support Republican congressional candidates in this year’s elections — would be a major player in this year’s political wars. Indeed, early on the well-financed group ran highly aggressive ads targeting Democratic congressional candidates on issues such as illegal immigration.

U.S. Gets Off Bibi’s Back

12/19/1997
Staff Writers
For Israel, the pressure has lifted — for now. After weeks of escalating criticism, the Clinton administration has suddenly taken a more benign tack in its dealings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s meetings with Netanyahu and with Palestinian Authority chief Yasir Arafat last week reset the clock for the two leaders to make some fateful decisions — decisions that so far they have studiously avoided.

Fresh Rift Emerges Over War Response

01/07/2009
Washington Correspondent

Beneath the surge of Jewish unity, as a broad spectrum of pro-Israel groups back Israel’s Gaza military surge, are differences over tactics, growing uncertainty over exactly how to express support for the embattled Jewish state and some of the sharpest skirmishes yet between “mainstream” Jewish organizations and the peace camp.

Leaders of Conservative Judaism: ‘This Is Our Time’

United Synagogue, at biennial in New Jersey, seeks ‘bold change’ amid serious challenges.

12/09/2009
Staff Writer

Cherry Hill, N.J. — The most often heard words here this week at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism were “transform,” “transition” and “revitalize.”

 

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