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Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/26/2014
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Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust.

Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/25/2014
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Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust-era issues.

Director, Writer And 'Ghostbuster' Harold Ramis Dead At 69

02/24/2014
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Harold Ramis, an actor, writer and director who had a hand in such iconic comedies as “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died.

Ramis died early Monday morning in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Ramis’ wife, Erica. He was 69.

Evangelicals At The Crossroads

A younger generation is pushing a more nuanced analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; should Jews be worried?

02/19/2014
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Last December, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent Christmas greetings recalling the ancient birth of a holy child, a Palestinian child: Jesus, the “Palestinian messenger” of hope. Some in the West surely thought Abbas’ words as meaningless as a popular Arab song referring to Tel Aviv as a Palestinian city, or claims that a Jewish Temple was never on the Temple Mount. But in the little town of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Bible College, an Evangelical institution, is preparing for “Christ at the Checkpoint,” a four-day conference that begins on March 10.

Rev. Joel Hunter, a nonpartisan Evangelical. Northland Church

Winn-Dixie Betting Big On Kosher

The Southern supermarket giant is making a play for market share.

02/18/2014
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Boca Raton, Fla. — Stroll past the kosher section of most large supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted matzahs and Tam-Tam crackers.

The deli counter,  at the Winn-Dixie in Boca Raton, Fla. Uriel Heilman

‘A Little Laughter Is Good For The Soul’

Remembering the comic legend Sid Caesar.

02/18/2014
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Note: The following piece originally appeared in The Jewish Week on Nov. 6, 2003, on the occasion of the publication of Sid Caesar’s memoir, “Caesar’s Hours,” which had grown out of an article published in The Jewish Week several years earlier. We reprint it here as an appreciation for the legendary comic, who died last week in Beverly Hills, Calif., at 91.

Kissing comic cousins: Milton Berle, left, and Sid Caesar in photo from the 1998 Emmy Awards. Getty Images

Comedy Legend Sid Caesar Dead At 91

02/13/2014
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Sid Caesar, regarded as the founding father of American Jewish comedy and live original sketch comedy, has died.

Caesar, who reportedly has been in failing health for a year, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.

Sid Caesar and co-star Imogene Coca in "Your Show of Shows."

Tiger Mom Brings Jews Into The Fold

But sociologists say ‘Triple Package’ argument ignores real reasons for Jewish success.

02/12/2014
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Stuyvesant High School, that bastion of hyper-competitiveness that regularly sends students off to Harvard and Yale, is thought by many to be the best public high school in New York City. The most recent student-body figures show that nearly three out of four students there are Asian.

Jed Rubenfeld and Amy Chua. (L) Fadil Berisha, (R) Gianluca Battista

AIPAC Charts Roadmap

As confab nears, Israel lobby still trying to figure out its legislative agenda.

02/11/2014
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Washington — The highlight of AIPAC’s year is the final day of its annual policy conference, when thousands of activists ascend Capitol Hill to lobby for the passage of the organization’s legislative priorities.

 Senator Menendez: Hopes to avoid partisan process.  Getty Images

ADL's Foxman Sets Retirement Date; Obama Calls Him 'Irreplaceable'

Search underway for successor after 27 years; leader will serve as part-time consultant

02/11/2014
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Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and one of the longest-serving and highest-profile American Jewish organizational leaders, is retiring from his post.

Foxman will step down on July 20, 2015, according to an announcement Monday by the ADL.

Abraham Foxman: ADL was 'perfect vehicle.' David Karp/JTA
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