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  • Israel rejects U.N. request to pay compensation for Kana

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — Israel has rejected as “fundamentally flawed” a U.N. General Assembly resolution asking Israel to pay more than $1.7 million in compensation for damages sustained by a U.N. compound in southern Lebanon. Israel maintains it is “bound by no legal or moral obligation” to assume responsibility for the reimbursement. Israeli…

  • 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…

  • Jewish groups hail verdict in Crown Heights civil trial

    NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Jewish groups are hailing the federal jury conviction of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the killing of a Chasidic scholar during the Crown Heights riots in 1991. They also called for greater racial tolerance. Nelson, 21, had earlier been acquitted in state court of killing Yankel Rosenbaum, prompting demands for…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Mix of relief, disappointment pervades U.S. Jewish community

    NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (JTA) — Relief, resignation and disappointment rippled through the American Jewish landscape in the wake of this week”s signing of the long-delayed agreement on the Israeli redeployment in Hebron. But despite the range of reaction, there was little fear that the accord would sow the kind of deep divisions here that…

  • U.N. General Assembly next in line to debate Jerusalem neighborhood

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — Not satisfied with the action of the U.N. Security Council on Israeli plans for Jewish housing in eastern Jerusalem, the Arabs have taken their case all the way to the General Assembly. The U.N. General Assembly debate, slated to begin Wednesday, follows the U.S. veto last Friday of a…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Compromises are sought after conversion measure is approved

    NEW YORK, March 25 (JTA) — The Israeli Cabinet received the news of last week”s Tel Aviv suicide bombing as it was debating an issue divisive to the Jewish world. At that meeting, the Cabinet approved an amendment that would bar the legal recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel. Whether the amendment…

  • Israel to pursue extradition as Hamas issues threat to U.S.

    NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (JTA) — Israeli officials say they intend to pursue the extradition of a Hamas leader from the United States after he withdrew his appeal of the initiative. Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook could be sent back to Israel within 60 days to stand trial, despite warnings that it would provoke Hamas violence….

  • Major philanthropist is eyed as possible new JNF president

    NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (JTA) — It may be too soon to call, but Ronald Lauder — cosmetics heir, philanthropist and former U.S. ambassador to Austria — apparently is being eyed as the next president of the Jewish National Fund of America. Some believe he and his high profile could be just the prescription for…

  • Modified partnership plan sails through critical phase

    NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Leaders of the two major institutions of American Jewish philanthropy have agreed on a partnership plan to consolidate operations and raise more money. The blueprint, which stops short of earlier proposals for a formal merger, was crafted by leaders of the Council of Jewish Federations and the United Jewish…

  • Regional presidents of JNF overcome dissent in the ranks

    NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Leaders of the Jewish National Fund of America from across the country have given their blessing for now to the reform process pledged by the charity. In doing so, they appear to have overridden dissent from at least one regional chapter, which had threatened to disband in protest. The…