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  • Terrorism Grinch steals Bethlehem Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 27 (JTA) — After a great deal of pre- Christmas hype, Palestinian residents of Bethlehem gathered in Manger Square last Friday afternoon and wondered where all the tourists were. Palestinian officials say U.S. government warnings of the possibility of terrorism kept the expected unprecedented waves of pilgrims home. Thousands of tourists…

  • Critics say Israel unprepared for millennium

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 19 (JTA) — When Fonville Winans packed a small bottle of Salvation Hot Sauce in his bags while preparing for a trip to the Holy Land earlier this month, he had no idea it would label him as a security threat upon checking into El Al at Newark airport. Perhaps the alert was…

  • Multimedia revolution bypassing Jewish schools

    With the information technology revolution in full swing, the Jewish world is still struggling to integrate new technologies with ancient teaching traditions. While Jewish Web sites are already contributing to a Jewish renaissance, educators have been slo

  • Multimedia revolution bypassing Jewish schools

    With the information technology revolution in full swing, the Jewish world is still struggling to integrate new technologies with ancient teaching traditions. While Jewish Web sites are already contributing to a Jewish renaissance, educators have been slo

  • Multimedia revolution bypassing Jewish schools

    With the information technology revolution in full swing, the Jewish world is still struggling to integrate new technologies with ancient teaching traditions. While Jewish Web sites are already contributing to a Jewish renaissance, educators have been slo

  • Plan deals with conversion and immigrant questions

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Israel’s minister of Diaspora affairs is attempting to settle the country’s conversion controversy and the issue of non- Jewish immigrants in one comprehensive proposal. Conservative leaders in Israel are skeptical about Rabbi Michael Melchior’s proposal, which includes removing nationality clauses from identity cards, and attempting to convince non-Orthodox groups to…

  • Mixed feelings in the Golan about the price of peace

    KATZRIN, Israel, Dec. 9 (JTA) — Emotions ranging from hope to uncertainty to anger fill the 16,000 Golan Heights residents as their fate is again the topic of Israeli-Syrian peace talks. Negotiations resume next week in Washington, and residents here know that the price for peace with Syria is likely to be the return of…

  • Debate rages over non-Jewish immigrants

    Is Israel a Jewish state or a democratic state? It’s a question Zionists have grappled with for decades. Now it’s a question being asked by non-Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union who find themselves at the center of a raging debate over the ch

  • Debate rages over non-Jewish immigrants

    Is Israel a Jewish state or a democratic state? It’s a question Zionists have grappled with for decades. Now it’s a question being asked by non-Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union who find themselves at the center of a raging debate over the ch

  • Christian tourists say Israel misunderstands millennialists

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 15 (JTA) — Melodic harmonies echo through Dominus Flevit, a small-but-quaint church on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, as a group of 30 Christian Bible scholars and pastors sing “Hallelujah to the Lord,” first in English, then Hebrew. Built in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church, the teardrop-shaped structure…