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  • Legislators take oath of office as 15th Knesset holds first session

    JERUSALEM, June 7 (JTA) — With a record 15 parties in attendance and all but guaranteed to provide fireworks in the weeks and months to come, Israel’s 15th Knesset convened this week for its inaugural session. The incoming Knesset, whose members were sworn in Monday, is expected to operate on a limited basis until Prime…

  • Howard Lovy named managing editor of JTA

    NEW YORK, April 21 (JTA) — Howard Lovy, a journalist with 15 years of professional experience, has been named managing editor of JTA — the Global News Service of the Jewish People. Lovy, 33, who began work this week at JTA, succeeds Kenneth Bandler, who left the worldwide news agency in December. He comes to…

  • Yehudi Menuhin, musical genius and controversial figure, dead at 82

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the renowned violinist and conductor who passed away last Friday at the age of 82 in Berlin, will be remembered for his classic renditions of such pieces as the Elgar Violin Concerto. He will also be remembered as a controversial figure in the Jewish community. Menuhin…

  • Albright asks Jewish leaders for help in swaying Netanyahu

    WASHINGTON, March 29 (JTA) — In an extraordinary move, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has asked American Jewish organizational leaders to help push the peace process forward. In a conference call she initiated last Friday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Albright urged U.S. Jewish leaders to help her convince…

  • Heschel, King events slated around the world

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — Jewish communities around the world are gearing up for commemorations of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The 25th anniversary of Heschel’s yahrzeit is Friday, Jan. 16. Many of the events in the United States will also pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader for…

  • List of passengers whose fates are unknown

    The Survivors Registry of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is seeking documentation on the fate of passengers from the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. Anyone with information about a St. Louis passenger, particularly any of the passengers on this list, should contact: Scott Miller United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg…

  • Zionist Congress resolution on pluralism

    Text of Zionist Congress resolution: Whereas religious and secular pluralism in Israel is a subject of concern for Zionists in the Diaspora, the Congress calls on all the political parties in Israel to recognize the fact that: A. In a democratic society, the expression of Judaism must be pluralistic. B. Secular and religious Jews, of…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Reform leader leads call for a redefining of Zionism

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 24 (JTA) — The leader of Reform Judaism in America exhorted the Zionist movement this week to rethink its target audience and focus its energies on synagogue congregants, rather than continuing to rely on the Jewish fund-raising establishment in the United States. While Jewish federations are “elite organizations by definition,”” it is “the…

  • Irving Bernstein, key player in building UJA, is dead at 76

    NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (JTA) — Irving Bernstein, a former United Jewish Appeal leader who played a central role in world Jewish developments after World War II, has died at age 76. Bernstein, who served as executive vice chairman of UJA for 13 years, was instrumental in the creation of the fund-raising organization’s Young Leadership…

  • Government panel begins probe of failed Mossad affair in Jordan

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 13 (JTA) — The government committee investigating the failed Mossad attempt to assassinate a Hamas leader in Jordan has begun its probe. During the committee’s first day of hearings Sunday, the head of Mossad, Danny Yatom, was the first witness to appear. Yatom was reported to have presented evidence that Khaled Mashaal, the…