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  • Explanations Differ for Gala Snafu: Was It Sharon, or Poor Ticket Sales?

    A gala concert for Israel’s 55th birthday has been postponed, just one week before it was to take place — and no one seems to agree why. Organizers maintain that the concert was delayed from May 19 until December because of a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office, not because of poor ticket… More ▸

  • One Week Before Curtain, Gala for Israel’s 55th Abruptly Canceled

    Just one week before it was to take place, a gala concert to mark Israel’s 55th birthday has been postponed until December, ostensibly because of a request from Ariel Sharon’s office. The May 19 event at Washington’s MCI Center, which had been in the works for months, was postponed Tuesday because of the sensitive nature… More ▸

  • Fingers Pointed in Schedule Snafu As Bush Will Pass on Israel 55 Gala

    Jewish leaders have been promoting an appearance by President Bush at a gala later this month honoring Israel’s 55th birthday. There’s just one catch: The White House says Bush was never invited — and doesn’t plan to attend. Organizers of the event are blaming the Israeli Embassy in Washington, saying Ambassador Daniel Ayalon told them… More ▸

  • Jewish Travel Where to Head in the Caribbean? Kashrut Lovers Choose Destinations

    Some Caribbean islands inspire awe at the wonder of God’s varied beauty. Even a peaceful Shabbat assumes new meaning when the day is spent at sea praying, reading or learning — or simply contemplating the ocean and sky. And Caribbean-bound tourists who adhere to high standards of kashrut now have expanded options. Among them is… More ▸

  • As Deadline for War Approaches, Israelis Play a Surreal Waiting Game

    Men clad in green-and-red rubber oxygen suits bore injured Israelis, their heads lolling off the sides of stretchers, to wailing ambulances. It was only a police training exercise to prepare for a possible “mega-terror attack” with non-conventional weapons at Ben-Gurion Airport. But as an anticipated U.S.-led war against Iraq approaches — and Israel braces for… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Ever Wonder Why the Stars Come out for Charity? Thank Celebrity Brokers

    When B’nai B’rith International needs a headliner to attract people to a fund- raising dinner, it knows where to turn. Celebrity Connection, founded 20 years ago by Barry Greenberg, is the exclusive coordinator for all of B’nai B’rith’s fund-raising dinners in the United States. Greenberg, 51, is a pioneer in the celebrity brokering business, which… More ▸

  • Jews Answer Age-old Query: What to Do at Christmastime?

    Sharon Glassman was just another nice Jewish girl who wanted to experience Christmas. Tipped off by a friend, she trekked to New York City’s main post office seeking Operation Santa Claus, the annual campaign drawing letters from needy kids and families hoping for a Christmas present. She took three letters, bought the requested toy castle,… More ▸

  • Nimoy’s Nudes Spark Debate over Line Between Art and Desecration

    Leonard Nimoy insists he isn’t morphing into the Jewish world’s Robert Mapplethorpe. Yet Nimoy, who won fame as the ultra-rational “Mr. Spock” in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” is stirring Jewish passions with his new book “Shekhina.” The book is a collection of Nimoy’s black-and-white photographs of women, many naked but for prayer shawls… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish comic Jackie Mason denied that he canceled a comedian slated to open for him this week because he is Palestinian.But Mason admitted that the fact that Ray Hanania advertised their different backgrounds made him “furious.” Hanania has admitted that he played up their different backgrounds to garner publicity. More ▸

  • News Brief

    Comic Jackie Mason canceled a Palestinian comedian who was scheduled to open for him. “It’s not exactly like he’s just an Arab American. This guy’s a Palestinian,” Mason’s manager, Jyll Rosenfeld, said of Tuesday night’s decision. More ▸