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  • Champion of synagogue renewal dies at 65

    NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (JTA) — Charles Schusterman, a Jewish philanthropist who spearheaded a synagogue renewal effort, died Saturday of complications from leukemia at the age of 65. Schusterman directed a foundation that gives generously to Jewish causes, including those promoting Jewish education and culture. Schusterman, who made his money in the oil business, had…

  • Hail Sid Caesar

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (JTA) – When the dean of Jewish comedy took the stage Monday night, he spoke French, German, Italian, Japanese and Yiddish. The problem is, Sid Caesar doesn’t really speak any of these languages. He just imitates their sounds perfectly. That comic genius Monday earned Caesar the Third Annual Alan King Award…

  • Chanukah kids’ books are everywhere

    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (JTA) — Judy Brookover has seen the world of Jewish children’s books go from famine to feast. “When I was a child, the only Jewish books that were read to me were the stories of the people of Chelm,” says Brookover, 53, referring to the legendary town populated by fools. “There…

  • Author writes about Lubavitch in Iowa

    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (JTA) – Stephen Bloom admits that the first draft of his book about a Lubavitch enclave in rural Iowa lacked something: his own personal story. In this early account, he wrote about the culture clash between members of the Chasidic group, who settled in Iowa beginning in the mid-1980s around a…

  • Strong peace advocate loses House race

    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (JTA) – No stranger to political cliffhangers, longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Gejdenson finally fell in Tuesday’s elections. Gejdenson (D-Conn.) was the ranking Democratic member on the House International Relations Committee, which like all other committees in the Republican-dominated House, will be headed by a GOP representative in the 107th Congress. But…

  • Lieberman not a major factor as Jews cast their votes

    NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (JTA) — Yair Nadiv, a Republican from the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods, Mich., had just done something he’d never done before: He voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. The dual citizen of Israel and the United States believes that with the Middle East in turmoil, U.S. policy should not be…

  • Strong peace advocate loses House race

    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (JTA) – No stranger to political cliffhangers, longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Gejdenson finally fell in Tuesday’s elections. Gejdenson (D-Conn.) was the ranking Democratic member on the House International Relations Committee, which like all other committees in the Republican-dominated House, will be headed by a GOP representative in the 107th Congress. But…

  • Lieberman not a major factor as Jews cast their votes

    In interviews across the country, Jewish voters mostly expressed their support for the Gore-Lieberman ticket, although some did back Republicans George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. And while many voters expressed their pride that Joseph Lieberman, one of thei

  • Questions remain about Vatican’s role in Shoah

    After 11 months of work investigating the Vatican’s role during the Holocaust, a panel of scholars is pressing the Holy See to open up more archives. A new report raises 47 questions about the papacy’s wartime record, but does not leave much hope that que

  • Questions remain about Vatican’s role in Shoah

    After 11 months of work investigating the Vatican’s role during the Holocaust, a panel of scholars is pressing the Holy See to open up more archives. A new report raises 47 questions about the papacy’s wartime record, but does not leave much hope that que