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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Senior U.S. chaplain envisions role for clergy in helping rebuild Kosovo

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — Now that the Kosovo war is over, a senior chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces — a rabbi with 27 years of active duty — hopes to be part of the rebuilding effort. “The goal has to go beyond stabilization, to reconciliation” in order “to overcome the hatreds and…

  • Poland’s removal of crosses at Auschwitz earns goodwill

    NEW YORK, June 1 (JTA) — A move by the Polish government to remove some 300 crosses near the Auschwitz death camp appears to have earned Poland some goodwill with the international Jewish community. Polish police removed the crosses last Friday from outside Auschwitz, sending them to a nearby church. The police action occurred only…

  • Groups from the left and right fly Israelis back home to vote

    NEW YORK, May 3 (JTA) — Yael Cohen went home to Israel a few months ago — and she was dismayed by what she saw. “People were so depressed,” she says. “People are so noisy usually and they’re not now.” So when Cohen, a 24-year-old Tel Aviv native who has been living in New York…

  • Jewish groups take testimony, collect funds for Kosovo refugees

    NEW YORK, April 21 (JTA) — As soon as the crisis in Kosovo began, representatives from the New York-based ORT met with Albanian non- governmental organizations to help them begin documenting Serb human rights violations that could become the basis of war crimes trials. The monitoring of atrocities was the NGO’s “conscious decision as to…

  • Jewish groups mobilize to aid Kosovar refugees

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — Jewish groups are taking an active role in aiding the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn province of Kosovo. The Albanian ambassador to the United Nations, Agim Nesho, met this week with officials from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to thank them for the efforts of…

  • Jewish groups mobilize to aid Kosovar refugees

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — Jewish groups are taking an active role in aiding the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn province of Kosovo. The Albanian ambassador to the United Nations, Agim Nesho, met this week with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to thank them for the efforts of the American…

  • Jewish groups mobilize to aid Kosovar refugees

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — Jewish groups are taking an active role in aiding the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn province of Kosovo. The Albanian ambassador to the United Nations, Agim Nesho, met this week with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to thank them for the efforts of the American…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Crafting a legacy in Morocco: Jews, officials share same goal

    CASABLANCA, Morocco, March 25 (JTA) — On a recent sunny day outside the Jewish elementary school here, Boris Azran watches as his two oldest children join hundreds of others colorfully celebrating Purim festivities. After a group of younger students perform a few Hebrew songs, older students, decked out in costumes ranging from Superman to Cleopatra,…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Crafting a legacy in Morocco: Jews, officials share same goal

    CASABLANCA, Morocco, March 24 (JTA) — On a recent sunny day outside the Jewish elementary school here, Boris Azran watches as his two oldest children join hundreds of others colorfully celebrating Purim festivities. After a group of younger students perform a few Hebrew songs, older students, decked out in costumes ranging from Superman to Cleopatra,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Under glare of media spotlight, yeshiva star pursues hoop dreams

    NEW YORK, March 22 (JTA) —It’s unlikely that the annual high school basketball tournament at Yeshiva University has ever experienced anything like the kind of media attention it got this year. Reporters from The Wall Street Journal, “60 Minutes II” and the New York tabloids flocked to Y.U.’s campus in Manhattan over the weekend to…