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  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Unique foundation subsidies boost attendance at day school

    SEATTLE, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Matt Peckarsky is a product of public schools and a Reform home and synagogue, yet at 14, he finds himself a freshman at the Orthodox Northwest Yeshiva High School in Seattle. The gaps in his Hebrew language background gave him a “shaky start,” says his father, David Peckarsky, but Matt…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Alarm sounds over conversion, but passage of measure probable

    NEW YORK, March 4 (JTA) — Israel runs a big risk if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. That was the alarm sounded by American Jewish leaders during a flurry of meetings with Israeli officials this month. Nonetheless, the Americans believe that unless something dramatic develops, the legislation is likely…

  • U.N. debate targets Israel as tensions mount in Jerusalem

    UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (JTA) — The international community stepped up pressure on Israel this week when the U.N. General Assembly called an urgent session to debate plans for construction in eastern Jerusalem. One speaker after another accused Israel of undermining the peace process by altering the “facts on the ground” and pre-empting final- status…

  • More for Reform, Conservative? Top fund-raisers search for a way

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — Top Jewish fund-raisers are meeting with representatives of the Reform and Conservative movements to find ways to raise more money for their programs in Israel. Talks were held in Chicago this week, where the United Jewish Appeal is holding board meetings. Under consideration is a plan to allocate $20…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NJCRAC delegates hear upbeat reports on U.S.-Israel relations

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington “more hopeful than ever” about achieving peace and security in the Middle East, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. In talks last with President Clinton, “all subjects were raised of common interest,” including the “peace process in all its aspects,” Ambassador…

  • Arafat says one thing to U.S. Jews, another to United Nations diplomats

    NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — An American Jewish group told Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat this week that it was counterproductive to call in third parties in the dispute over planned Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem. Arafat, in turn, conceded that it was “preferable” to engage directly with Israel in such disputes. But a…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.N. charges of Israeli torture spur debate over painful issues

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — Israel, more than many nations, has grappled to find a balance between its security needs and the protection of human rights and democratic principles. The state’s judicial and law-enforcement establishments believed they had more or less come to grips with that balance in a complex codification of rules governing…

  • 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…