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

    NEW YORK, July 8 (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…

  • New dialogue with chief rabbis touted as important, but limited

    NEW YORK, July 8 (JTA) — In yet another effort to defuse tensions sown by a controversial conversion bill in the Knesset, Diaspora Jewry and Israel’s Chief Rabbinate have launched a new dialogue. Given the minefield of Israeli religious politics, some are touting the talk between the Orthodox rabbis and the three major streams as…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Jewish Agency takes steps aimed at winning federations’ confidence

    JERUSALEM, July 1 (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel appears to have scored some important triumphs in its efforts to win the confidence of skeptical federations in North America. But the jury is still out over whether these triumphs will be enough to reverse the trend of declining allocations. The Jewish Agency”s annual assembly…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS UJA-CJF plan poised for takeoff as federations voice their support

    NEW YORK, June 26 (JTA) — The partnership between the Council of Jewish Federations and the United Jewish Appeal is poised for takeoff. Following a bid for support from the key players last month, the majority of federations across the country — either by phone or fax — have ratified the plan for a joint…

  • Reform rabbis urge aliyah; propose endorsing gay marriages

    NEW YORK, June 25 (JTA) — What a difference a century makes. Reform rabbis are marking the centennial of the first World Zionist Congress with an unprecedented platform dedicated solely to the link between Reform Judaism and Israel. The platform, which encourages aliyah, was adopted late Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Central Conference…

  • A century after rejecting Zionism, Reform rabbis publicly urge aliyah

    NEW YORK, June 24 (JTA) — What a difference a century makes. Reform rabbis are marking the centennial of the first World Zionist Congress with an unprecedented platform dedicated solely to the link between Reform Judaism and Israel. The platform, which encourages aliyah, was expected to be adopted late Tuesday at the annual meeting of…

  • JDC to federations: Help feed elderly in former Soviet Union

    NEW YORK, June 24 (JTA) — However oppressive communism was in the former Soviet Union, no one disputes it provided a safety net for its most vulnerable population. Its collapse ripped that safety net away, hitting the elderly hardest of all and prompting the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to step into the breach. Over…

  • Announcement on Ethiopians raises hopes for potential emigres

    NEW YORK, June 17 (JTA) — For the 3,500 Ethiopians desperate to resettle in Israel, new hopes have been sparked that the wait may soon be over. A decision by an Israeli ministerial committee last week could lead to the closure of the Falash Mura transit compound in Addis Ababa and the speeded-up immigration to…

  • New Israel Bonds president sees investment in Jewish state vital

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — To attract immigrants over the next decade, Israel will need to expand its infrastructure, argues Gideon Patt, the new president of the State of Israel Bonds. The capital provided by Israel Bonds will be vital to that endeavor, argues Patt, especially after U.S. loan guarantees come to an end….

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Donors demanding more say in how federations use gifts

    NEW YORK, June 9 (JTA) — A six-figure donor to the Jewish federation in Louisville, Ky., decided he did not want any of his money going to Israel because he was angry about conversion legislation pending in the Knesset. Like many other American Jews, he believed the controversial measure would delegitimize Reform and Conservative Judaism…