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  • Concern over pluralism in Israel spreads to Jews across the globe

    JERUSALEM, March 14 (JTA) — After Friday night services conclude at Congregation Israelita Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and some 1,000 members of the Reform temple mill about and socialize, conversation often turns to the latest news about the pluralism conflict in Israel. “There is a lot of talk about the issues in Israel, especially…

  • World Reform leaders heckle Sharansky, and cheer Amoz Oz

    JERUSALEM, March 11 (JTA) — Natan Sharansky, Israel’s minister of industry and trade, encountered hostility this week at a meeting of world leaders of the Reform movement. Sharansky initially was greeted warmly when he arrived to address the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s 29th annual convention in Jerusalem. But seconds after taking the podium, a…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Largest acquisition of Israeli firm spurs debate over high-tech’s future

    JERUSALEM, March 11 (JTA) — With the announcement of the largest-ever foreign acquisition of an Israeli firm, Israel’s high-tech sector is once again basking under the international spotlight. But although there is a consensus in Israel that the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions is a vote of confidence in Israel’s technological prowess, not everyone…

  • Breaking with tradition, group delves into debate on pluralism

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Every year, a mission of leaders of American Jewish organizations travels to Israel to survey the situation. Every year, they meet with leading political figures and various segments of the Israeli population. But this year, something was different. For the first time, delegates from the Conference of Presidents of Major…

  • Palestinian asks U.S. Jews to press Netanyahu on peace

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 21 (JTA) — Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator, urged visiting American Jewish leaders on Sunday to help revive the stalled peace talks by passing a message on to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Send him this message on my behalf,” Erekat said in an impassioned speech to the Conference of Presidents…

  • American Jews convene group in Israel to advocate for pluralism

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 21 (JTA) — Nearly 20 religiously liberal and secular American Jewish organizations have joined forces and formed a new group to fight for religious freedom in Israel. The North American Coalition for the Advancement of Religious Freedom in Israel gave itself a name and drafted its first mission statement in a meeting Saturday…

  • Netanyahu looks right to bolster his coalition

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thinking of adding a far-right party to his governing coalition. The premier confirmed during a press briefing Tuesday that he is engaged in talks with the Moledet Party with that goal in mind. The party, which holds two Knesset seats, opposes the Oslo accords….

  • Conservative Jews claim win in wake of protection at wall

    JERUSALEM, June 2 (JTA) — Conservative Jewish leaders in Israel are declaring victory after a group of 250 worshipers completed prayers on Shavuot morning at the Western Wall under police protection — despite attempts by hundreds of fervently Orthodox Jews to stop the service. Last year, non-Orthodox Jews who prayed near the Western Wall plaza…

  • Israel may register black family seeking citizenship, lawyer says

    JERUSALEM, June 25 (JTA) — Israel’s Interior Ministry may soon register a black, Jewish American family as immigrants after refusing to recognize their right to Israeli citizenship when they arrived in the country last month, according to the lawyer representing the family. Dan Evron, a lawyer for the Conservative movement in Israel, said he has…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 High-tech companies drive Israel’s fast-growing economy

    TEL AVIV, April 6 (JTA) — Israeli start-up companies showed off their wares from behind sleek, futuristic booths adorned with state-of-the-art multimedia presentations. Magicians and scantily clad young women promoted the latest in high-tech products. Representatives of some of the world’s leading technology giants talked business behind closed doors — indeed, 3Com, a manufacturer of…