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Rachel Pomerance

  • A ‘Promise’ to Help Jews Overseas

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A 100-year-old Jewish woman, whose closest relatives are dead, lives in a one-room walk-up apartment in the former Soviet republic of Moldova that she hasn't walked out of in four years.

    The thought of Klara Kogan, who exists on a paltry government pension, haunts Steven Schwager,...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • Can Jewish Groups Get Back on Track?

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish conference focused on a looming crisis might strike some as more of the same.

    But a wave of recent gatherings has tackled the existential questions facing world Jewry, and many are aimed at or driven by new actors.

    The slew of new forums focusing on the future of the Jewish...

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  • Israel Has Wish List for U.N.‘s 60th

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As the United Nations prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding in San Francisco, the occasion is bittersweet for Jewish observers.

    It was the United Nations that sanctioned the State of Israel's birth in 1948, but it gave the Jewish state the status of an ugly...

  • Jewish-Black Ties Loosen Over Years

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The storied tale of Jewish Northerners heading South in the 1960s to fight for blacks' voting rights has taken its place as one of the most distinctive cross-cultural relationships in U.S. history.

    Until now, the 1964 murders of three civil rights campaigners has been unresolved....

  • Tikkun Olam

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it comes to helping victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is taking the adage, "teach a man how to fish," quite literally.

    As part of its long-term relief efforts for victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy, the group is working with its...

  • News Service Shows Israel’s Other Side

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Bemoaning the way Israel is portrayed in the news is something of a favorite pastime for many American Jews. But rather than complain that Israel is depicted unfairly in its conflict with the Palestinians, two Silicon Valley executives are taking a different approach.

    Eric...

  • Charity List Shows Fundraising Stability

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Who's up and who's down in Jewish charities? While a recent snapshot of some of the largest Jewish charities reveals that Jewish fundraising generally is stable, nuances in the numbers reveal the viccissitudes -- and why.

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy last week released its...

  • Duke Hillel Fights Pro-Palestinian Forum

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian issue is intensifying the fall-semester buzz at Duke University this year.

    In advance of the fourth annual Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, chatter on the limits of free speech and the contours of the Israel-Palestinian conflict have filled...

  • Europe Held Key in U.N. Fence Ruling

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to action at the United Nations, Europe -- considered by many observers to be the organization's moral bellwether -- often decides the course.

    That was the case again this week as the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution demanding that Israel comply...

  • A Thaw in Relations

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Who says that Israelis and Palestinians can't work together? On New Year's Day, a group of Israelis and Palestinians embarked on a 35-day expedition to Antarctica that culminated in the scaling and naming of an unexplored mountain.

    The group, Breaking the Ice, was honored this month...

  • This Year in Jerusalem

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For the past decade, members of Shaare Shalom, a Persian synagogue in Great Neck, N.Y., have traveled en masse to Miami each Passover.

    This year, however, many synagogue members are passing up the Fontainebleau Hilton for the Jewish state -- where they'll combine the springtime...

  • Study of Federations Finds Job Sexism

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While a new report says that sexism pervades the North American Jewish federation system, in Los Angeles, the facts paint a much more positive picture of gender equality.

    An old-boys' network and an attitude that rejects women's leadership skills have kept women from reaching the...

  • Campus Advocates Spring Ready

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After 12 days of advocacy training in the Jewish state, Jonathan Goldberg is returning to the University of Michigan with concrete plans for promoting Israel's cause on campus.

    "The trick is to translate [passion for Israel] into something that somebody else would care about," said...

  • Young, Hip, Heeb

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It could have been a scene from New York's beatnik past: A group of young hipsters gathered at a Greenwich Village apartment for an artistic venture they hoped would change history -- or at least rock the establishment. But these beats call themselves Heebs, and their universe is the...

  • Jews Aid in Quake Despite Iran Rebuff

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Beggars apparently can be choosers -- or so the Iranian government seems to believe.

    The Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is struggling to recover from the Dec. 26 earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and damaged an entire region, has announced that it will not...

  • Funding Our Jewish Future

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine a world in which every newborn child receives a voucher toward early childhood Jewish education and a free trip to Israel.

    That's what philanthropist Michael Steinhardt asked 4,000 delegates to the North American Jewish federation system's General Assembly to consider...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • Will Not Let You Go!

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Bianca Brichkov was all set to go to Israel's three-year Elite Academy high school with four other American students. This week, she's back as one of the few Jews at her all-girls Catholic school in the Bronx -- all because of her father.

    The New York parent filed a...

  • Communities Find Light in Darkness

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Thursday afternoon, three days before 1,800 Jewish kids were to arrive for the final week of the JCC Maccabi games, and 40 delegation leaders were ironing out the logistics at a New Jersey hotel.

    That's when the lights and the air conditioning went dead, and the room quickly...

  • McDonald’s to Fund Kosher Ed

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    McDonald's and kashrut? Only in Israel, one might think. But an Illinois court ruled May 20 that the world's most ubiquitous burger joint must sink $1 million into education about Judaism's kosher laws.

    The money is part of $10 million that McDonald's must divide among a variety of...

  • Berkeley Donors Linked to Terrorists

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Funders of UC Berkeley's Center for Middle Eastern Studies have links to Al-Qaeda, according to a campus Jewish newspaper.

    Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who funds the center's Sultan Endowment for Arab studies, is a primary defendant in the $100 trillion lawsuit filed in U.S....

  • U.S. Jews Differ on Israel Attachment

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Delight shot through the classroom of eighth-graders like a pogo stick gone wild.

    The 35 students at the Heschel School on Manhattan's Upper West Side erupted Monday afternoon with giddy comments and questions about the two-week trip to Israel they were about to begin the next...

  • Women Suffer Blow on Praying at Wall

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with an Israeli Supreme Court decision banning a women's group from reading the Torah at the Western Wall, feminists and advocates of religious pluralism are weighing their options.

    "I'm angrier than I am demoralized," said Phyllis Chesler, co-founder of Women of the Wall.

    In...

  • Anti-Semitic Acts Climb On Campuses

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rick Dorfman may be the human face of the latest findings in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual report of anti-Semitic incidents across the country.

    Though the incident had not yet been confirmed by police as anti-Semitic by press time, the University of Michigan junior was...

  • Jews Vulnerable in Muslim Lands

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the U.S. military pounds Iraq, Jewish communities in Muslim countries may become increasingly vulnerable.

    Jews not only are tiny minorities in the Muslim world, but to some of their surrounding public, they represent the perceived twin threats of Israel and America.

    As...

  • War Talk Stirs Up Mixed Views in U.S.

    March 20, 2003 | 7:01 pm

    Costumed Purim partygoers masked the general anxiety of impending war Monday night as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security upped its terror gauge to high alert and President Bush laid down his 48-hour ultimatum.

    "I don't feel nervous being Jewish. I feel nervous being a New...

  • Ramon Memorialized Across America

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The groundswell of emotion in response to Ilan Ramon's death has not only been a great inspiration for American Jews, it also has helped strengthen the bond Americans feel for Israel.

    "It's a state of mourning for the whole nation. Our school is no different," said Joseph "J.P."...

  • Palestinian Supporters Gift-Wrap Message

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United States is considered Israel's last remaining key ally. Aiming to change that, the anti-Israel movement on college campuses has adopted a message rooted in bedrock American ideals.

    The second National Student Conference on the...

  • Jewish Groups Help Sept. 11 Victims

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The stench in New York after Sept. 11 reminded Julia Millman of Europe.

    "I have seen it. I know what it's all about," said the 76-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.

    In addition to losing her 40-year-old son, Ben, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade...

  • Pain in the Pocketbook

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after September 11, when the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA) renewed its insurance policy, it found that rates nearly doubled.

    This year, it will be even worse, according to Jack Klein, the Federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

    ...

  • Americans Fight Terror With Aliyah

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Howard and Dora Green were inside Jerusalem's packed Sbarro pizzeria last August when a suicide bomber blew himself up and killed more than a dozen others.

    The Greens suffered personally from the terrorist attack -- their niece still lies in a coma in Tel Aviv -- but it prompted the...

  • Federations Send Aid to Argentina

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The United Jewish Communities has pledged more than $40 million this year for the rescue and relief of the Jews of Argentina.

    Most U.S. federations say they are committed to meeting the goal that the umbrella organization has set to aid Argentine Jews, whose country has been hit by a...

  • Mating Call or Terrorist Revenge?

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A new weapon may have emerged in the Palestinians' battle against Israel -- the "siren call."

    In several ads in New York's Village Voice newspaper, Palestinians -- or people posing as Palestinians -- solicit romantically available Jews or Israelis to take them "home" to Israel.

    "You...

  • Indirect Victims

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An alarming number of at-risk children are among the Jewish victims of Argentina's economic collapse.

    Even in the most stable families, children have been hit by the fallout from the collapse. For unstable parents, desperate conditions like those in crisis-ridden Argentina only make...

  • Another of ‘Iran 10’ Released

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The second of 10 Iranian Jews jailed on charges of spying for Israel has been freed, but Jewish leaders don't see it as a shift in Iranian policy.

    "We take no delight in an innocent man serving more than 1,000 days in a prison for exercising his religion," said Pooya Dayanim,...

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