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The Little Shul That Could—Highland Park’s Temple Beth Israel

By Jane Ulman

September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

Torah reading at a recent Saturday morning minyan. From left to right, secretary/treasurer Ken Ofgang, visitor Eric Golub, Cantor Ken Rothstein, president Bill Fishman, visitor Oded Zuker.

Walk up the steep pathway and into the sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock on any Shabbat morning. Congregants will jump up out of their wooden pews to greet you... read full article

  • Russian Singer Goes From Defector to Cantor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I was born in the 1960s into a typical Soviet Jewish family," says Svetlana Portnyansky. "We never went to synagogue, never were religious. At family events at home, we sang Jewish songs sometimes, but we'd close all the doors to make sure no one heard us."

    Given Portnyansky's...

  • Illegal Israelis Lured to Mall Kiosks

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Keren," an Israeli in her mid-20s, worked last year at what has become a seasonal high-paying job for thousands of young Israelis: selling body lotions, face creams and other such products at shopping mall kiosks throughout the United States in the months leading up to Christmas....

  • Social Action Groups Fight for Cleaning Ladies’ Rights

    By Alice Alexiou

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in a Brooklyn diner, having breakfast with Marlene Champion, 61, a tall, striking woman from Barbados. Champion makes her living as a domestic worker, and right now she works as a nanny caring for a 4-year-old girl in Brooklyn Heights.

    Champion is also an active...

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  • An Open Letter to Harvard’s Stephen Walt

    By Jack Weiss

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At an Aug. 28 Washington forum hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Stephen Walt of Harvard University's Kennedy Center and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago expanded on their paper "The Israel Lobby," first published as a faculty working research paper...
  • More Information on Getting That Visa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Visa Violations

    The U.S. government estimates that about 40 percent of people who are in this country illegally arrived on a legal visa but lost their legal status either by overstaying or otherwise violating the terms of their visa. These are sometimes referred to as "nonimmigrant...

  • Ex-Iran President’s U.S. Visit Is Slap in the Face

    By Pooya Dayanim

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The issuance of a U.S. visa to Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran until he was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Khatami's presence this week on U.S. soil, is an insult to the American people, a slap in the face to Iran's pro-democracy movement, a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Baron

    Interesting that Rabbi David Baron said his invitation to Mel Gibson to speak at his temple on Yom Kippur was not a publicity stunt ("Three Groups Respond to Gibson's Request for Meeting," Aug. 11). Why then did I receive a form letter within two hours of sending the...

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