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  • Arab Americans begin political awakening

    DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20 (JTA) – Ali Baze, 29, a Lebanese American who immigrated to this country 12 years ago, worked behind the counter of Cafe Ananas on Election Day, preparing shwarmas and mango smoothies. The cafe is located in this Detroit suburb that is dominated by the shadow of a sprawling Ford auto plant…

  • Barak aims for the bleachers

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — Babe Ruth was also the strikeout king. To him, it was all or nothing. Ever since Ehud Barak took his turn at bat as Middle East peacemaker a little over a year ago, he, too, has been aiming for nothing short of the center field wall. To the Israeli…

  • Barak aims for the bleachers

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — Babe Ruth was also the strikeout king. To him, it was all or nothing. Ever since Ehud Barak took his turn at bat as Middle East peacemaker a little over a year ago, he, too, has been aiming for nothing short of the center field wall. To the Israeli…

  • Seeking a meaningful Judaism

    All right, already. Enough with the Kabbalah, klezmer and “Kosher Sex.” The trendy trappings of the new “cultural Judaism” are fun, but they cannot stand alone without another important element: connection. And it’s a search for connection that links youn

  • Seeking a meaningful Judaism

    All right, already. Enough with the Kabbalah, klezmer and “Kosher Sex.” The trendy trappings of the new “cultural Judaism” are fun, but they cannot stand alone without another important element: connection. And it’s a search for connection that links youn

  • Peace isn’t high on U.S. Jewry’s agenda

    WASHINGTON, March 20 (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are resuming peace talks here this week and President Clinton has set a meeting with Syria’s president, but don’t tell the details to Julianne Berkon, a campaign associate with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She’ll get too angry. It’s not that she doesn’t care about…

  • Gore issues warning to Palestinians

    NEW YORK, March 7 (JTA) — Vice President Al Gore appears destined to become the next Democratic presidential nominee, but he’s apparently not taking the Jewish vote for granted. The day before Super Tuesday, he was in New York stumping for the Jewish vote by declaring himself always and forever a friend to Israel and…

  • All eyes on Birthright follow-up

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (JTA) — The Jewish world is going to keep a very close watch on 6,000 young adults. A lot of money, hope and skepticism have been channeled toward them and their first-ever trips to Israel, which took place in December and January. Critics and supporters of Birthright Israel will watch what participants…

  • All eyes on Birthright follow-up

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (JTA) — The Jewish world is going to keep a very close watch on 6,000 young adults. A lot of money, hope and skepticism have been channeled toward them and their first-ever trips to Israel, which took place in December and January. Critics and supporters of Birthright Israel will watch what participants…

  • Searching for God in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (JTA) — On a recent Shabbat, Jerusalem’s Olive Tree Hotel was filled with sounds reminiscent of the Tower of Babel. If you stood in the middle of the street-level lobby, you heard a mishmash of young Reform and Conservative voices belting out their respective liturgical songs in different corners. While those involved…