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  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli diplomatic appointments exacerbate foreign policy tensions

    NEW YORK, June 1 (JTA) — The Israeli prime minister”s pick of two American immigrants for top U.S. diplomatic postings is exacerbating tensions in Israel”s foreign policy arena. Both Dore Gold, Israel”s ambassador-designate to the United Nations, and Leonard Davis, slated to be No. 2 at the embassy in Washington, are veterans in U.S. policy…

  • ISSUES Jewish Agency seeks new form in bid to hold on to federations

    DEAD SEA, Israel, March 11 (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel is trying to transform itself in a way that finds favor with local federations, which are a lifeline for the organization but are re- examining that role. Federations across the United States provide half of the agency”s $400 million annual budget. In an…

  • Two Jewish groups merge amid alarm over flagging peace process

    NEW YORK, May 6 (JTA) — Two American Jewish organizations promoting the Middle East peace process have decided to merge amid their growing alarm that the process is unraveling. The Israel Policy Forum, based in New York, and Project Nishma, in Washington, D.C., will come together, beginning next month, under the IPF name. Together, their…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Non-Orthodox confront premier on conversion bill during U.S. visit

    NEW YORK, April 8 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week managed to exacerbate and then deflect the anger provoked here by the advance of divisive conversion legislation in the Knesset. First, he canceled a Monday appearance in Washington before a major Reform movement gathering, citing a scheduling conflict. But organizers from the…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli government scores mixed reviews on outreach

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (JTA) — Six months after the Israeli government changed hands, the diplomatic effort to reach out to Diaspora Jews and transmit Jerusalem”s new message is prompting mixed reviews. Some community and organizational leaders say the outreach is not as aggressive or cogent as it was under the previous government, in part…