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

    NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — Israel runs a risk of dividing world Jewry if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. American Jewish leaders sounded this alarm in a flurry of meetings last week with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, the Americans believe that unless something dramatic develops, the legislation…

  • And the winner is … Conference nominates new chair

    NEW YORK, March 18 (JTA) — After months of anticipation and speculation, the nomination is in for the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. It is Melvin Salberg, a prominent attorney and former chairman of the Anti-Defamation League. Several members of the umbrella organization expressed surprise at the news,…

  • 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…

  • PROFILE Zeal of JNF’s new president inspired by Jewish awakening

    NEW YORK, March 6 (JTA) — Ronald Lauder is a man driven to reclaim his Jewish legacy. The cosmetics heir and philanthropist grew up as a self-described assimilated or “three-day-a-year” Jew. “I didn’t think twice about being Jewish,” he says during an interview in his 42nd-floor suite in the towering General Motors Building on Fifth…

  • 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….

  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Elections to Zionist Congress hinge on success of deal-making

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — The registration forms have been printed for the U.S. election of delegates to the next Zionist Congress. But whether they will be mailed out is anybody”s guess. Reform and Conservative Zionists believe that they have the most to gain by an election and that the fight for religious pluralism…

  • 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…

  • 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…