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  • Op-Ed: Couple behind Ground Zero mosque a model of tolerance

    Since beginning to work with the couple behind the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero, Walter Ruby of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding says he found them to be unequivocally opposed to violence and terrorism and deeply committed to the American values of democracy and pluralism.

  • Russian Israelis: Glass half-empty or half-full?

    Israelis born in the former Soviet Union feel discriminated against and unappreciated. That’s the sentiment expressed by many of the leaders of the Russian community in Israel at a recent conference.

  • Ukrainian rabbi sees decline in power

    Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky might have backed the losing side in the Ukrainian elections, but the Brooklyn-bred Chabad representative may still be the most influential Jew in the country.

  • Russian Jews favor Bush

    American-born Jews and Russian-speaking Jews in New York remain far apart politically, with a poll showing American Jews favoring Sen. John Kerry in presidential elections and Russian Jews preferring President Bush.

  • Jews face conundrum in Ukranian elections

    The choice for Ukrainian Jews in elections slated for next month basically boils down to two men — a protege of the authoritarian current president and an opponent of corruption: Jews seem to favor the former.

  • Balkan leaders pledge to respect minorities

    In response to an appeal from a New York rabbi, the presidents of eight Balkan republics have agreed to eliminate racist references from textbooks in their respective countries.