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  • Wisconsin shul hosts Lieberman

    NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (JTA) — It’s not easy working for a Jewish vice-presidential candidate. Early last week, Joseph Lieberman’s campaign scheduler was already scratching his head: How could he find a synagogue in the rural Midwest where the vice presidential candidate could pray on Shabbat and still make it to Tipper Gore’s birthday party…

  • Lieberman’s Judaism the news flavor of the day

    NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (JTA) — Jews aren’t always comfortable with their faith being splashed across the nation’s headlines. But with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, running for vice president, U.S. Jews better get used to it. Discussions of Lieberman’s Judaism formed much of the coverage of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore’s choice of…

  • A Jewish veep? Most voters say no problem

    NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (JTA) — When Al Smith campaigned for U.S. president — and lost — in 1928, his Roman Catholicism was used against him. When John F. Kennedy successfully ran for president in 1960, he felt the need to make speeches that distanced himself from the pope. But Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Orthodox Judaism…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Syrian Jewish immigrants on road to U.S. citizenship

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — After three years at New York’s Yeshiva University, Marko Alsaygh received a letter explaining that he would lose $4,000 annually in financial aid because he didn’t have a green card. Now Alsaygh, a 22-year-old Syrian immigrant living in Brooklyn, is one step closer to obtaining his residence and work…

  • School helps haredim join high-tech boom

    JERUSALEM, July 9 (JTA) —When the dean of the Haredi Center for Technological Studies first attempted to find jobs for his school’s graduates, he met some reluctance. The attitude was, “We’ll take one of your students or two as an experiment,” Rabbi Zvi Weinberger recalls of his attempts in 1996 to find jobs for his…

  • Tower of Yiddish world dies at 81

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Joseph Mlotek, a Yiddish educator, folklorist and writer, died Sunday at the age of 81. A longtime director of the Workmen’s Circle Yiddish school system, he published several collections of Yiddish songs with his wife, Chana. The most recent collection was titled, “Songs of Generations.” He was also an editor of…