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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…

  • CJF leaders move on pluralism CJF leaders move on pluralism, back partnership plan with UJA

    WASHINGTON, April 15 (JTA) — Responding to what they described as “tremendous”” grass-roots pressure, federation leaders across North America have backed a plan to double campaign allocations to the Reform, Conservative and modern Orthodox movements in Israel. The move, an important gesture designed to demonstrate the Diaspora fund-raising establishment”s commitment to religious pluralism in Israel,…

  • Ronald Lauder is nominated to take over helm of the JNF

    NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (JTA) — Cosmetics heir and philanthropist Ronald Lauder has been nominated to be the next president of the Jewish National Fund of America. JNF’s nominating committee chose Lauder on Monday. The board is slated to weigh in with its vote on Feb. 10. Questions have arisen, however, as to whether the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish purchase of Arab lands could trigger IRS investigation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (JTA) — U.S.-based charities raising money to purchase Arab-owned land in Israel”s disputed areas could be scrutinized for possible violations of U.S. tax laws. Critics of these purchases charge that they are a political and provocative act by those who seek to change the facts on the ground and sabotage the…

  • Alarm sounds over conversion, but passage of measure probable

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — Israel runs a risk of dividing world Jewry if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. American Jewish leaders were bent on sounding this alarm in a flurry of meetings late last month with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, most of the Americans left Israel…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES U.S. policy toward Har Homa draws mixed Jewish reaction

    NEW YORK, March 18 (JTA) — The international political uproar over Israeli construction of Jewish housing in eastern Jerusalem initially found American Jews circling the wagons. Some criticized the timing of Israel’s decision, saying that it would endanger the peace process. But most defended Israel’s sovereign right to build anywhere in the city of Jerusalem….

  • 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…