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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Religious pluralism crisis not felt on college campus

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 2 (JTA) — The religious pluralism issue that is so divisive elsewhere does not seem to be much of a factor on the American college campus. “There’s a strong sense of the Jewish community being a pluralistic community,” said Aaron Benson, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign….

  • ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. decline for third year

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the United States has declined for a third consecutive year, according to the Anti-Defamation League. In 1997, 1,571 incidents were reported by 43 states and the District of Columbia — 151 fewer than in 1996, or nearly a 9 percent decline, the…

  • Israeli researcher finds gene causing deafness

    NEW YORK, March 19 (JTA) — An Israeli geneticist has discovered a defective gene that causes progressive hearing loss. Karen Avraham of Tel Aviv University led an international team of researchers who found that the autosomal dominant gene, DFNA15, caused moderate to severe deafness by age 40 in one large Israeli family. “This is really…

  • Boston JCRC program links U.S., Ukrainian Jewish youth

    NEW YORK, March 25 (JTA) — A few years ago, the thought of Jewish teen- agers spending their mid-winter vacation in the former Soviet Union would have been impossible. This year, nine teen-agers from Boston and five from the Israeli town of Haifa traveled to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine to lead a weeklong day camp for Jewish…

  • Barbara Hochberg, first female to head Chicago federation, dies

    NEW YORK, March 31 (JTA) — Barbara Hochberg, chairwoman of of the Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, has died. She was 58. A longtime leader in the Chicago Jewish community, Hochberg, who died of cancer, was the first woman to lead the Chicago Jewish federation in its 98-year history. “We have lost a…

  • How Americans celebrate Israel’s jubilee ISRAEL AT 50 American support for Israel seen in

    NEW YORK, May 4 (JTA) — Americans have enthusiastically embraced Israel as the Jewish state celebrated its 50th year as an independent nation. From cultural events featuring some of Israel’s performing artists — to public celebrations in cities across the country, to extensive media coverage — Israel this year has received the kind of attention…

  • Narcotics officers raid Jewish youth convention

    NEW YORK, April 8 (JTA) — Orthodox youth attending a national convention got a big surprise when narcotics officers raided the event and arrested two high school students on suspicion of selling cocaine. To show support for the two students, the 250 participants in the recent National Conference of Synagogue Youth Shabbaton in Pittsburgh were…

  • Group helps new immigrants to Israel with interest-free loans

    NEW YORK, May 7 (JTA) — Helping needy immigrants settle in Israel has become Eliezer Jaffe’s life work. “Life is simply one big loan,” said Jaffe, the chairman of the Israel Free Loan Association. “However, we have to pay interest on it. We have to give it back. The question is: What interest did we…

  • Jewish environmental group expanding with new chapters

    NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (JTA) — The Jewish environmental movement is expanding — locally. “We are stewards of the earth and of each other,” said Rebecca Wood, who is involved with the Jewish Community Relations Council in Albuquerque, N.M. For the last year and a half, Wood has worked on a project called Jump Land…

  • ISRAEL TURNS 50 American Jews launch year of festivities honoring Israel

    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (JTA) — While Israeli officials have yet to decide how to celebrate Israel’s jubilee, America launched its own festivities this week. The first night of Chanukah on Tuesday marked the official kick-off of Israel’s 50th anniversary, as leaders of some 40 countries lit a menorah in their respective capital cities. In…