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  • Russian Jewish children narrowly miss bomb blast

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — A Lubavitch synagogue in Moscow has been severely damaged by a bomb. No one was injured in the attack, which occurred at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York. But the explosion occurred just minutes after some 70 children and their…

  • U.S. to deport Lithuanian

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — The United States is one step closer to deporting an 80-year-old man who served in a Lithuanian mobile killing squad during World War II. A federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously affirmed last Friday a 1995 court decision to strip Kazys Ciurinskas of his U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Justice…

  • Mordechai Strigler, editor of Yiddish Forward, is dead

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — Mordechai Strigler, a prolific Yiddish writer who was editor of the Yiddish Forward, has died at age 76. Born in 1921 in Zamosc, Poland, Strigler was sent to study in a yeshiva at age 11. In 1937 he began work as a rabbi and teacher in Warsaw. When the…

  • Israeli shot in West Bank dies

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (JTA) — An Israeli woman who was shot last week in the West Bank has died. Yael Mebar, 25, was shot Jan. 1 while riding in a car near an Arab village in an area under Israeli security control. The gunmen, who opened fire from a parked car, were believed to have…

  • Ethiopian exodus: A timeline

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — Following is a timeline of the major developments in the exodus of Jews from Ethiopia. 1979: The first few hundred Jews manage to leave Ethiopia and get to Israel. 1980-83: A few thousand more Ethiopian Jews come out quietly through the Sudan. 1984: Huge numbers of Ethiopian Jews go…

  • Appeal for calm on Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 28 (JTA) — A group of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis and educators has issued an appeal for calm at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Shavuot. Fearful of a repeat of last year, when men and women participating in a non- Orthodox prayer service were attacked by fervently Orthodox Jews, the…

  • Israel to join in world study of cell phone’s health impact

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (JTA) — A recent visitor to Israel observed the following scenario: He was at a restaurant when he noticed two people sitting across from each other at a nearby table. Each was talking into a cradled cellular telephone against his ear. Since they were speaking at the same time, the visitor concluded…

  • Technion satellite launch delayed

    NEW YORK, June 24 (JTA) — The launch of an Israeli university’s satellite has been delayed for two weeks to allow time to complete the inspection of the launcher rocket. The satellite, designed and built at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, was scheduled to be launched Tuesday from a Russian military facility in…

  • Israel sets extradition hearing for teen-age murder suspect

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (JTA) — Israel has scheduled an extradition hearing for next month of the U.S. teen-ager who fled to Israel after allegedly committing murder. Samuel Sheinbein will face eight days of hearings, beginning Feb. 22, before a three-judge panel. A Montgomery County, Md. state’s attorney is expected to attend the hearing as a…

  • Germany agrees to expand compensation for survivors

    NEW YORK, June 30 (JTA) — Some 7,500 Holocaust survivors will receive compensation from Germany as a result of a new agreement. The agreement signed this month between Germany and the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany expands the eligibility criteria to two groups of survivors who until now have not received…