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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Holocaust denial group promotes Web site in ad

    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (JTA) — Holocaust denial ads are once again appearing in college newspapers. An ad from the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, headed by Bradley Smith — a well-known Holocaust denier — was published recently in at least 13 campus newspapers, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fairleigh Dickinson, Villanova,…

  • 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….

  • Hillel building planned for UCLA

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — The University of California at Los Angeles will soon get a Hillel building. Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life recently announced plans to build a $6 million building on the UCLA campus. The building will be called the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA —…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…