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  • Jewish coalition joins effort to enhance Ethiopian absorption

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — One year ago in Jerusalem, a violent protest of Ethiopian Jews erupted after the discovery that Israeli health officials were disposing of their blood donations for fear of HIV contamination. Consensus was that health officials had bungled badly. But there was also a recognition that the Ethiopians were expressing…

  • 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…

  • Netanyahu aides to seek compromise on conversion

    NEW YORK (JTA) — At a private meeting Monday night with Reform and Conservative movement leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to buy some time in the conflict over pending conversion legislation. The controversial measure would give the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate exclusive control over conversions performed in Israel, in effect barring the recognition of…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Torah and pluralism spark passion for delegates to NJCRAC gathering

    NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (JTA) — Welfare cuts, campaign finance reform, the balanced budget amendment and federally funded school vouchers dominate the domestic Jewish public policy agenda these days. But when Jewish community activists from across the country gathered in Washington this week, some of the most stirring discussion focused on other matters. Delegates to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Clinton’s nominee for U.N. seen as a `friend of Israel’

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 17 (JTA) — President Clinton’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has a reputation as a committed internationalist, a friend of Israel and a consensus-builder. Indeed, Jewish constituents, organizational leaders and those who have worked or served with Bill Richardson on Capitol Hill respond with accolades at the mention of…

  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON 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 which are re- examining that role. Federations across the United States provide half the agency”s $400 million annual budget. In an…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Probe of possible spy aiding Israel spurs Jewish anxieties

    NEW YORK, May 7 (JTA) — A report that a top U.S. official may have passed highly sensitive information to Israel is sparking fears that it could damage relations between Washington and Jerusalem. Israel has denied the allegations, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s spokesman in Jerusalem calling them “totally baseless.”” Eliahu Ben-Elissar, Israel”s ambassador to…

  • Latest pluralism imbroglio focuses on new IDF directive

    NEW YORK, March 23 (JTA) — Reports of new threats of a Reform boycott of Diaspora fund-raising efforts for Israel are unfounded, said the leader of the Reform movement in the United States. The Israeli media widely reported last week that the head of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center, Rabbi Uri Regev, threatened…