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Israel Rapped On Sheinbein

03/05/1999
Washington Correspondent
The lead prosecutor in the strange case of Samuel Sheinbein — the man who would have prosecuted the Maryland teenager had he not fled to Israel after a horrific 1997 murder in an affluent Washington suburb — expressed frustration this week with what he termed a series of blunders by Israeli courts. Maryland States Attorney Douglas Gansler, who is Jewish, also exhibited concern about the impact of the case on Israel’s image in this country. Gansler spent several weeks on a kibbutz as a teenager, and said his concern is both professional and personal.

With Israel Elections Looming, U.S. Faces No-Win Choices

01/01/1999
Washington Correspondent
President Bill Clinton and his Mideast team may be getting what they want as Israel moves toward early elections that could prematurely end the reign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Squeeze Play For Jewish Leaders as Clinton Peace Efforts Accelerate

04/03/1998
Washington Correspondent
American Jewish leaders felt squeezed this week. They were caught between the Israeli government, which wants them to man the barricades against what is perceived to be a sweeping new American plan for breaking the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock, and the Clinton administration, which is seeking an amber light to pursue its “bridging proposals” in the moribund negotiations.

War of the Future is Here

Jewish leaders applauded last week’s dramatic shift in U.S. policy in the fight against international terrorism, but many worried that the Clinton administration lacks the stamina and political daring needed to lead the American people into what is certai

08/28/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — Jewish leaders applauded last week’s dramatic shift in U.S. policy in the fight against international terrorism, but many worried that the Clinton administration lacks the stamina and political daring needed to lead the American people into what is certain to be a long, ugly and costly war.

Russian Crisis Has Leaders Fearing Worst

American Jewish leaders, jarred by the accelerating economic and political chaos in Russia, are privately beginning to discuss contingency plans for coming to the aid of Russia’s vulnerable Jewish population.

09/04/1998
Washington Correspondent
American Jewish leaders, jarred by the accelerating economic and political chaos in Russia, are privately beginning to discuss contingency plans for coming to the aid of Russia’s vulnerable Jewish population. Their concern is being fueled by rising panic among Jews who fear a wave of anti-Semitism as rubles evaporate into thin air and communists crank up their efforts to unseat President Boris Yeltsin. But some wonder if Jewish communal institutions here are prepared for the consequences of a full-scale meltdown in Russia.

Israel At 50 EventFull Of Messianic Jews

02/27/1998
Washington Correspondent
What may turn out to be the largest official Israel at 50 celebration in America — perhaps with participation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — has a roster full of speakers and participants who are Messianic Jews, The Jewish Week has learned. The event, planned by the Christian Alliance for Israel, is scheduled to attract up to 18,000 people in Orlando, Fla., from April 29 to May 3.

The Fight Over Family Values

Capitol Hill's new favorite buzzword affecting Jewish politics

06/28/2000
Washington Correspondent
The Fight Over Family Values by James D. Besser Washington Correspondent When a major education authorization bill began working its way through Congress this year, conservative lawmakers introduced provisions making it easier for states to develop their own school voucher programs. Jewish groups quickly staked out competing positions. And both sides quickly played their trump card: families, Capitol Hill’s favorite buzzword.

Virtual Education: Jewish Education on the Web

02/01/2000
Washington Correspondent
Sometimes reality almost matches the hype. Case in point on the World Wide Web is the proliferation of sites intended to enhance Jewish education. Here’s a sampling. Parents and teachers should check out the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (www.caje.org). CAJE’s attractive site doesn’t offer much free content, but it provides a handy way to order a wealth of Jewish educational materials aimed at kids. But you have to join CAJE to order from the packed “curriculum bank.”

HaShem on the Hill

Abba Cohen, Washington representative of Agudath Israel of America, is part of a trend that is changing the character and content of Jewish politics.

12/21/1999
Washington Correspondent
It was a typical week in Washington: Congress and the administration were playing chicken over the budget, Republicans and Democrats were hurling accusations as fast as their fax machines could spew out press releases, and lobbyists were whispering seductive promises and dark threats. In short, it was business as usual in the nation’s capital. But Abba Cohen had something else in mind when he met with aides to Sen. Don Nichols (R-Okla.), the sponsor of a controversial bill barring assisted suicide.

The Greening Of Jewish America

In Boston, Jewish groups worried about the plight of the herring recently lobbied the state legislature to repair fish ladders along the Charles River.

12/21/1999
Washington Correspondent
In Boston, Jewish groups worried about the plight of the herring recently lobbied the state legislature to repair fish ladders along the Charles River. In California, kosher vintners are trying to convince consumers that reciting kiddush over wine made from organic grapes is more consistent with the spirit of Judaism than using wine made from grapes produced under modern agribusiness conditions.
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