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  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Hadassah opens up its doors to a younger, hipper generation

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (JTA) — Diva Barbra Streisand has lent her name to its new institute dedicated to research on Jewish women. And Donna Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, predicted at its national convention in Chicago in July that a U.S. president would emerge from its ranks. What…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Crisis of Jewish unity dominates annual assembly

    INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 18 (JTA) — North America”s Jewish federation world pulled out all the stops here this week to try to prevent the rifts over pluralism in Israel from widening into an unbridgeable divide. But it is far from certain how the current crisis, which threatens Jewish peoplehood, can or will be resolved. Israeli Prime…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Results of Zionist elections trigger historic shift in power

    NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (JTA) — The battle for religious rights in Israel has triggered a historic shift in the power balance in the World Zionist Organization, the entity which gave birth to modern Zionism 100 years ago. Using religious pluralism as its rallying cry, the Reform movement”s Zionist arm captured 47.7 percent of the…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES U.S. Zionist groups launch race over issues of Jerusalem, pluralism

    NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (JTA) — Like a piece of film stuck under a projector light, the face of Yasser Arafat burns through the image of the Western Wall, growing larger until it takes over the entire video frame. “Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine,” shouts the kaffiyeh-clad Palestinian Authority leader in…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Redefining Zionism in America: It’s not about aliyah anymore

    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (JTA) — For Louis Kestenbaum and his wife, Trudy, it felt only natural to make plans to fly from their Los Angeles- area home to Basel, Switzerland, to celebrate modern Zionism”s 100th birthday. Like most of the other members of the North American delegation attending the Swiss festivities this weekend, the…

  • Klinghoffer family finds closure after settling legal battle with PLO

    NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (JTA) — The family of Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled passenger killed by Palestinian terrorists aboard an Italian cruise ship 12 years ago, has closed a long and painful chapter of their lives by agreeing to settle a lawsuit with the Palestine Liberation Organization. The sum agreed upon was not disclosed, which…

  • Conversion committee faces deadline with lack of consensus

    NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (JTA) — The committee charged with staving off a crisis over conversions in Israel faces a deadline this week as media leaks cloud its conclusions and consensus appears elusive. The committee, headed by Finance Minister Ya’acov Ne’eman, was formed by the government to forge a path acceptable to the three major…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.N. session targets Israel, revives concern about bias

    NEW YORK, July 15 (JTA) — Long-held cynicism about the United Nations and its ability to be fair was reinvigorated this week as the General Assembly reconvened an emergency session targeted at Israel. “The U.N. is reverting to its Cold War role as an Israel-bashing forum,” Harris Schoenberg, director of U.N. affairs for B’nai B’rith…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.N. session targets Israel, revives concern about bias

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Long-held cynicism about the United Nations and its ability to be fair was reinvigorated this week as the General Assembly reconvened an emergency session targeted at Israel. “The U.N. is reverting to its Cold War role as an Israel-bashing forum,” Harris Schoenberg, director of U.N. affairs for B’nai B’rith International, offered…

  • Pursuing Har Homa, Arabs seek to curb Israel’s role in world body

    NEW YORK, July 9 (JTA) — Arab states are seeking to limit Israel’s participation in the United Nations’ General Assembly because of its failure to halt controversial construction in southeastern Jerusalem. A resolution, circulating this week in draft form, is expected to be introduced at an emergency session of the General Assembly called in the…