Jewish-born Terrorist Pleads Guilty

11/03/2013 - 19:00

A Jewish convert to Islam pleaded guilty to inciting violence, including a call to leave Chabad headquarters in New York “a message from Islam.”

Brad Ausmus To Manage Detroit Tigers

Connecticut native gained experience managing Israel's national ballclub.
11/03/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Retired major league baseball player Brad Ausmus, who managed the Israeli national team’s bid for the World Baseball Classic last year, was named the manager of the American League Detroit Tigers. The Tigers announced the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only current Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams, including the Tigers, in his playing days.

Brad Ausmus dons a Tigers jersey Sunday with CEO and president David Dombrowski. Photo via Tigers/

UN Envoy: We Won't Accept Bad Deal On Iran

'Mistrust of past is deep,' Samantha Power, top U.S. diplomat, tells ADL at centennial gathering; vows to stand up for Israel in world body.
10/30/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

America's top envoy to the world community, Samantha Power, told leaders of the Anti-Defamation League Thursday that the Obama administration stands firm against Iran's nuclear program and isn't weakening its position, despite emerging dialogue between the two countries.

"No deal is better than a bad deal" on nuclear disarmament, said Power, who succeeded Susan Rice as United Nations Ambassador in August. "We will not accept a bad deal."

Power talk: "On my watch we will push ceaselessly for further inclusion of Israel in regional groups." David Karp for ADL

ADL Sees Slight Decline In U.S. Anti-Semitism

At centennial conference, survey cites sharp decline in hateful attitudes among blacks and Hispanics.
10/30/2013 - 20:00

Twelve percent of Americans harbor deeply anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League timed for release at the centennial meeting of its national commission in Manhattan this week.

This year's percentage of anti-Semites represents a steep drop from the first survey in 1964. ADL Media

Chasidic Rabbi, Accused Sex Abuser, Arrested In L.A.

10/29/2013 - 20:00

Police in Beverly Hills yesterday arrested Rabbi Mendel Tevel, a member of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic community who is accused of committing acts of sexual abuse on minors in New York over a 20-year-period beginning in the mid-1990s, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported.

Fresh Outrage Over Plan To Honor Allianz Chief

Some survivors cry foul as Jewish Foundation for the Righteous defends move.
10/29/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When the German insurance company Allianz bid for the naming rights to the Meadowlands stadium in 2008, there was such an outcry over the company’s past complicity with the Nazis that the talks were called off.

Peter Lefkin, Allianz’s senior vice president, to receive Recognition of Goodness Award. Photo via

Schumer Still Pressing On Iraqi Jewish Archive

Rebuffed by State Department, which says it will return trove.
10/28/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The State Department has rebuffed the request of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) not to return to Iraq the treasure trove of Jewish artifacts found by American troops in Baghdad in 2003 that Schumer said were “stolen” from the Iraqi Jewish community.

Poll: Jews Have Mixed Views On Power Of Diplomacy

New AJC survey shows less support for Iran strike, but pessimism on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite resumed talks.
10/28/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

American Jews are less supportive of a military strike against Iran, in case diplomacy fails to curtail the country’s suspected nuclear weapons program, than they were last year. Yet, barely one in 10 is more optimistic this year about the Middle East peace process — despite the fact that Israelis and Palestinians are back at the negotiating table for the first time in three years.

Whom do U.S. Jews favor as their next president? Democrats dominate. Graphic courtesy American Jewish Committe

Lou Reed: The Wise Child

Downtown Seder impresario Michael Dorf remembers the iconoclastic rock legend and his role at alternative Passover celebrations.
10/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Lou participated in one of my first Downtown Seders at the Knitting Factory in 1994. In our version of this ancient ritual, we take the Haggadah and allocate the sections among musicians, thinkers, poets, political figures, etc. Each of the Four Children are represented, and I recall thinking if I should ask Lou to be the “bad” child or the “wise” child. I think that year John Zorn ended up being the bad child and Lou was the Wise Child and read one of his poems.

Rock legend Lou Reed loved Michael Dorf’s Downtown Seders. Getty Images

Mass. Transit Authority To Restore Dozens Of Ads Critical Of Israel

10/27/2013 - 20:00

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it was restoring dozens of ads critical of Israel to its transit system that had been taken down following public complaints.

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