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  • Pope packs 2000 years of baggage

    Pope John Paul II’s upcoming historic pilgrimage to Jerusalem carries different symbols for different people. Some 100,000 Catholic followers will arrive to join the pope’s spiritual journey, the Palestinians will watch for political signals and Diaspora

  • Israelis learn there’s another way to tie the knot

    JERUSALEM, March 1 (JTA) — Israel’s Conservative and Reform movements have launched an advertising campaign aimed at attracting more Israeli couples to marry through a non-Orthodox rabbi. The campaign will include ads in major newspapers and radio commercials, appealing to young Israelis to choose an egalitarian wedding service. A campaign poster shows a photo of…

  • Holocaust survivors say Israel kept their assets

    Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and their heirs have been coming forward in the past few weeks, claiming Israel has robbed them. They say the Jewish state has waited too long to investigate what happened to assets that Holocaust victims deposited in pre-s

  • Holocaust survivors say Israel kept their assets

    Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and their heirs have been coming forward in the past few weeks, claiming Israel has robbed them. They say the Jewish state has waited too long to investigate what happened to assets that Holocaust victims deposited in pre-s

  • Barak says he has a plan

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 21 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he will try to formulate a package that could break weeks of deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Barak’s comments came during a speech Monday to a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which was on its annual mission…

  • Bureaucratic battles kept money from survivors

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israeli survivor groups and the government are close to sealing a deal for the long-overdue disbursement of $59 million from a Swiss humanitarian fund for needy Holocaust survivors. But even though Israeli survivors may soon receive the money, many months of infighting between Israeli bureaucrats and survivors groups have slowed…

  • Sharansky on ‘quickie’ conversions abroad

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 15 (JTA) — Israel’s minister of interior has weighed in with the Israeli Supreme Court on an issue that could set a precedent on Israel’s policy toward conversions performed abroad. Natan Sharansky said he would only approve converts for citizenship if he has proof that the person who converted abroad had some significant…

  • Israeli cyber-security firms may be in demand

    A string of recent sabotage attacks on Web sites could mean a business boom in Israel, where some of the world’s most successful Internet security companies are located. The world may seek solutions from Israeli experts who have learned, through the army

  • Israeli cyber-security firms may be in demand

    A string of recent sabotage attacks on Web sites could mean a business boom in Israel, where some of the world’s most successful Internet security companies are located. The world may seek solutions from Israeli experts who have learned, through the army

  • Azerbaijan’s Jews revive community

    More than 1,000 Azerbaijani Jews are leaving for Israel every year. At the same time, Jewish organizations are contributing to a resurgence of Jewish life in the former Soviet nation. Though all agree that the primary goal is to encourage immigration to I