U.S. report

NEW YORK (JTA) — A man was arrested in upstate New York for his alleged torching of a synagogue in 2000.

Ramses Uthman faces charges that could land him up to 25 years in prison for torching Temple Beth El in October 2000.

Uthman is a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent.

Rabbi's son may run against Rep. Moran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The son of a rabbi is considering running against Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).

Jeremy Bash, who served as a legal adviser for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and whose father is rabbi emeritus of the Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation in Virginia, is considering challenging Moran in the 2004 Democratic primary, along with several other candidates, according to media reports.

Moran faces an uncertain future after telling constituents earlier this month that the Jewish community is responsible for the Bush administration's push for war with Iraq. He was subsequently forced to resign from his Democratic Party position in Congress.

'Irish' John Kerry goes Borscht Belt

BOSTON (JTA) — Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry poked fun at his Jewish heritage at a St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Boston.

"So who said I didn't have the matzah balls to be here?" said Kerry (D-Mass.), who surprised the crowd at Monday's event by attending despite recent prostate cancer surgery.

He then sang a parody of an Irish song that he titled "If You're Yiddish Come Into the Parlor." Kerry recently learned that his grandparents on his father's side were Jewish.