Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, estimates that two years ago he received between 30 and 40 requests from around the country to participate in interfaith dialogues between Jews and Muslims.
Last year he received one.
“They just vanished,” he said during an interview last week. “Such invitations are a barometer of the level of dialogue, though my experience may not be representative because of my own idiosyncrasies.”
Rabbi Moshe Hauer of Baltimore, one of three rabbis who met in Brooklyn last week to hear testimony from alleged victims of a noted Jerusalem Torah scholar, said the information gathered will be sent on to a bet din in Israel to deal with the matter.
At least six men testified here on May 1 that they were abused by Rabbi Matis Weinberg, scion of a prominent Baltimore rabbinic family and himself a widely known and admired rebbe, lecturer and author who lives in the Old City.
On the eve of the release of the long-awaited and delayed National Jewish Population Study 2000, sources close to the review of the data worry that the study is too flawed to be effectively salvaged.
And they warn that making the NJPS public could prove harmful, setting off a range of communal analysis, planning and spending based on inaccurate information.
A chief concern of the sources is that the response rate was too low to reflect the numbers and attitudes of American Jewry.
Louis Kahn, one of the most celebrated architects of the 20th century, died of a heart attack, alone and without ID, in the men’s room at Penn Station in 1974 at the age of 73. Ever since then his son, Nathaniel, who was 11 at the time, has sought to better understand the highly talented and deeply complex man who hardly acknowledged his illegitimate offspring.
Cleveland — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did not attend the General Assembly, the annual convention of the United Jewish Communities here this week, as originally planned. In his stead he sent his foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, a respected but low-key politician whose speech to the delegates at a plenary Sunday night drew applause for his portrayal of the strong bonds between Israel and American Jewry but tugged at few heartstrings.
Anger, disbelief and astonishment are among the reactions of a group of Holocaust survivors who recently screened “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” the documentary about Eva Kor’s decision to forgive the Nazis.
“I can’t forgive and forget,” says Celia Feldman, who was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. “And I thank God I’m not a twin.”
Although the U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to set aside a $116 million judgment against the Palestine Liberation Organization for its role in the murder of a Jewish couple near the West Bank in 1996, the lawyer representing the couple's children said the PLO continues to ignore the order.
The arrest Tuesday of Ben-Ami Kadish, an 84-year-old retired New Jersey mechanical engineer, on charges of passing nuclear secrets to Israel in the 1980s raises several tantalizing and puzzling questions:
What could have led a federal grand jury sitting in Manhattan investigating espionage activities against the United States to issue a subpoena for Kadish, who lives in Monroe Township, N.J.? It is alleged that he shared with Israel classified documents from the Army facility in Dover, N.J., where he worked.
Almost two months after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, prompting an outpouring of financial aid from the Jewish community, a fuller picture is first emerging about how the United Jewish Communities has spent about one-fourth of the $21.5 million it has raised.
That picture reveals the difficulties the organization has had in determining where the money would best be used, the thinking behind the allocation process, and the complexity of working with the federal government and other relief organizations.
A Boston study being touted this week by some as proof that outreach to intermarried couples results in an increased number of their children being raised as Jews is being questioned by others who suggest that such a conclusion might be fallacious or premature.