Frank Blaichman will never forget the day the tables were turned. It was December, 1942. His band of Jewish renegades was hiding in the forest of Bratnik, outside his birthplace of Lublin, Poland. They battled dual enemies: bitter cold and marauding Polish thugs eager to turn “dirty Jews” over to the Nazis.
As Sen. Joe Lieberman and his supporters baked in the afternoon sun and basked in the endorsement of a local congresswoman at a subsidized housing project here Monday, Dan Garrett stood across the street holding a “Joe’s Gotta Go” sign.
Despite opposition from the German government, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation on Tuesday requiring insurance companies doing business in the U.S. to disclose all Holocaust-era insurance policies and allow survivors and heirs to sue over unresolved claims.
“It is totally unacceptable that out of 870,000 life insurance policies covering Jews prior to the outbreak of World War II, only 17,000 of those
policies have been paid,” Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fl.) said in a statement.
In the face of criticism that contradictory rulings on gay ordination have left the Conservative movement ideologically adrift, a new approach suggested by a young Chicago rabbi edges toward a new middle ground in an attempt to anchor the movement.
Trying to bridge the traditional view that the Torah is infallible with the liberal one that stresses critical analysis of sacred texts, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove argues that there is sufficient common ground to meld the two positions into a theologically coherent message, one seen as crucial for the continuation of the movement.
Israel has long beckoned for a group of 20 primarily New York-area college students, all of whom have visited Israel often and experienced the powerful pull of the Jewish state. But the thought of making aliyah on their own seemed daunting.
“It’s very hard to move across the world and to leave your family and friends behind,” said Esti Schloss of Riverdale, a 22-year-old junior at Brandeis University.
It was as part of a 1993 senior citizens’ lobbying trip to the state capital in Albany that Dorothy Epstein realized there was more to effective lobbying than just showing up and handing out position papers.
“We had divided into groups and each was to visit the chairman of a legislative committee we were interested in,” she recalled. “Although we were in groups of five or seven, only one or two people spoke first.
It was while Judith Stern Peck was thinking of a birthday gift for her first grandchild that she came upon an idea that promises to give her and her granddaughter enjoyment for years to come. “This child didn’t need another dress or another toy,” said Peck. “And I think it is very important to teach the value of giving back. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating a Children’s Gift Fund.”
Despite a demonstration by hundreds of protesters, the Polish government Tuesday supported a proposal to establish a 100-yard no-development zone around nine former Nazi death camps, thereby thwarting plans to open a mini-mall adjacent to Auschwitz.