At a time when U.S. authorities are warning Americans about the potential danger for Y2K terrorism, Jewish leaders said there was no indication that Jews are being singled out for attack.
“Sources in law enforcement have not indicated to us that there are any credible threats against Jewish targets in New York,” said Michael Miller, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in New York.
Atlanta — Citing figures showing that more than half of those who arrived in Israel this year from the former Soviet Union under the Law of Return are non-Jews, Orthodox Jews are demanding a change in the law. But Absorption Minister Yuli Tamir said that what is needed is a new approach to Judaism.
“What the Law of Return tells us is that to share the Jewish faith one need not be halachically [according to Jewish law] Jewish,” she said in an interview here while attending the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities.
When he was a senior at Byram Hills High School in Westchester in 1970, Doug Berman was asked by a state senatorial candidate to arrange a small gathering of friends for him to meet. To help attract an audience, the candidate arranged for a guest speaker — Bill Bradley, the Hall of Fame forward of the New York Knicks.
“Because it was Bradley, I said yes, absolutely,” recalls Berman, a 6-footer who was captain of his basketball team. “He was my boyhood hero.”
In the wake of the presidential clemency awarded 11 Puerto Rican activists, imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is asking President Bill Clinton to apply the “same standards in my case” and release him.
“I can only hope that the president will see that by commuting my sentence, he would be underscoring his administration’s commitment to due process and fair play,” Pollard told The Jewish Week in a phone interview from the federal prison in Butner, N.C.
Facing up to a dark moment in its history, the United States in a landmark decision this week agreed for the first time to pay restitution to a group of Holocaust survivors.
But for Manhattanite and Hungarian Jewish leader David Moskovits, the preliminary settlement of the so-called Gold Train suit should have come long ago.
The tiny coastal town of Calais, Maine (pop. 3,963), just across the St. Croix River from New Brunswick and abutting the rugged Atlantic Provinces of Canada, has little in common, geographically or spiritually, with Kibbutz Sde Elyahu in Israel’s Beit Shean Valley, hard by the Jordan River about 90 miles north of Jerusalem. Little, that is, save for a gun and camping equipment salesman named Harold Silverman.
And a Torah.
Gene Lesserson rushed to his synagogue in Hauppauge, L.I., at 7:30 Sunday morning after learning that an arsonist had torched the building during the night, destroying a ground floor office.
“It’s a sickening feeling to see our little shul damaged by an arson fire,” he said later. “I walked in there and had the feeling that my own house was destroyed. You could still smell the smoke from even outside the building. It was everywhere — in the carpets and the talleisim. … Everything is going to have to be cleaned.”
Faith Abramowitz lives with her husband and two teenagers in Port Jefferson Station, on Long Island. While they used to feel like they were middle class and managing, because of illness coupled with rising expenses, they are now struggling — and really not making it at all, Abramowitz says.
Should a tube that provides food and water to a person unable to swallow be considered medicine that may be withdrawn at any time, or is it a basic necessity of life whose withdrawal would be tantamount to murder? Must a feeding tube be inserted if the surgery would be so dangerous it might kill the patient?
Those are some of the questions experts in Jewish law and ethics pondered this week as the case of Terri Schiavo moved from Florida’s state courts to the federal courts following the intervention of Congress and President George W. Bush.
Delray Beach, Fla. — The full-page ad for Winn-Dixie Stores in a leading metropolitan daily here last week trumpeted the headline, “New kosher deli and bakery ... plus better kosher selection.”
Another full-page ad in the same newspaper, the Sun-Sentinel, called on Jewish readers to “stop by Publix and let us provide dinner for you. We’re offering two different Passover meals arranged by Gourmet Kosher and guaranteed kosher under personal Orthodox rabbinical supervision.”