February 5, 2004

Gaza Withdrawal a Risk for Sharon

In announcing a plan to evacuate nearly all of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is signaling that he\’s serious about creating large blocs of Palestinian territory free of Israelis — and that he is willing to gamble with his political future.

French Jews

French Jewish leader Roger Cukierman has moderated his tone during the past 12 months — but his message appears largely unaltered.

Jews in France are living \”in a time of malaise,\” Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jews, told more than 800 guests at the group\’s annual dinner Saturday.

Where Will Backers of Lieberman Go?

The withdrawal of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has left many Jewish fundraisers and donors without a candidate and has sparked a new round of fundraising calls and solicitations.

What Went

Four years ago, he was the toast of the Jewish world, the favorite son who became a symbol of opportunity for American Jews in the United States.

But when he went out on his own this time around, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) failed to catch on as a top-tier candidate.

Lessons From Life’s Second Chance

\”I heard the rabbi is dying of brain cancer.\”

That was the word flying around the shul. I should have expected it. Rumors were rife, and they were uncomfortably close to the truth.

Last Oct. 23, I was speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, to inaugurate the new Hillel building on campus. At dinner, I sat beside my parents.

As I spoke, I felt a little strange, nervous and hot. I had trouble keeping to my train of thought. It occurred to me that I was coming down with a cold.

As I sat down after my speech, my father asked, \”Is there anything wrong?\”

\”No,\” I said, and that is the last thing I remember.

Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish athletes from 19 countries for the eight-day competition in Santiago, Chile.

Community Briefs

Hier: Gibson Is Insensitive\nRabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has asked Mel Gibson to \”speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism\” and to \”condemn the false charges of deicide leveled against the Jewish people.

My Father, My Hero

There\’s a framed glass poster that hangs on the wall of Assaf Ramon\’s Houston bedroom wall. While the image of the smiling astronaut in the orange jumpsuit is famous, the Hebrew words inscribed at the bottom of the poster are not

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