Short Takes

Nursing A Budget Deficit

11/01/2002
Staff Writer
City-funded nurses have been quietly pulled from dozens of parochial schools by the Bloomberg administration, and members of the City Council are trying to ratchet up the pressure to get them back. “It’s a question of equity,” said Councilman Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, sponsor of a bill introduced last week that would require the city to make full-time registered nurses available at all private schools with more than 100 students. “It’s a question of making sure the health of all children in the city is protected.”

Midwood Mideast Flap

10/18/2002
Staff Writer
A high school newspaper in Brooklyn was improperly supervised when it allowed unfounded charges against Israel to be published as an op-ed, said the city’s Department of Education. The article in The Argus, the student weekly at Midwood High School, likens the fear experienced by Americans after Sept. 11 to the daily experience of Palestinians under Israeli rule.

Israeli Give And Take

10/18/2002
Staff Writer
One group came to be briefed. Another came to do the briefing. Separate delegations of Israeli experts came here recently to strengthen ties and build cooperation between the terror-plagued Jewish state and New York.

High Court Paves Way

10/11/2002
Staff Writer
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the Crown Heights murder case, the family of riot victim Yankel Rosenbaum fears that federal prosecutors will renew talks for a plea deal in the racially explosive case.

Pollard Contrite, Says Hikind After Meeting

08/07/2007
Staff Writer
After meeting with Jonathan Pollard at a North Carolina prison, Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the former Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel 22 years ago is contrite about his crimes and still hopeful that he’ll be freed. “One of the things he said was that he has never asked for a pardon because he knew what he did was wrong,” said Hikind. “He is asking for a commutation of his [life] sentence.”

Pols: Close CUNY On Shavuot

02/19/2007
Staff Writer
Some 70 state and city legislators have called on CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to change the spring calendar so that final exams won’t be given on Shavuot. This is the first year the City University’s 22 institutions have operated on a centralized calendar set by the chancellor’s office rather than on individual schedules. That means thousands of Jewish students across the city may be called upon to take exams on the evening of May 22 or the following two days, when Shavuot is observed.

Is Baraka’s Poem Libelous?

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Amiri Baraka, New Jersey’s controversial poet laureate who some New Jersey lawmakers are seeking to strip of his title, now faces a libel suit by five Israelis mentioned in his poem, “Who Blew Up America.”

Giving Blood Made Easier For Israel Visitors

11/01/2002
Staff Writer
Saying there cannot be a greater expression of solidarity with the people of Israel, Jewish leaders here announced that arrangements have been made for visitors to Israel to donate blood at their hotels or other convenient locations. Some 25 mobile units will be made available to accommodate visiting groups of Jews and non-Jews who wish to donate blood, which will be used to meet regular medical services as well as the demands of terror victims and soldiers.

Green Light For Green Line Giving

11/01/2002
Staff Writer
First, Jewish federations in the U.S. crossed the line — the Green Line — in allowing charitable dollars to help Jews in the West Bank and Gaza. Now, it’s Canada’s turn.

Israel Evens Aid Package For Immigrants

10/24/2002
Staff Writer
New immigrants from the United States, Canada and Great Britain will receive the same financial aid package as those from other countries under a proposal that won the support this week of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The cabinet must approve the plan before it takes effect Dec. 1. “It means that there are no more rich Jewish communities and communities in distress,” said Yuli Edelstein, deputy absorption minister and a proponent of the change.
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