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  • Some Arab American groups issue call for boycott of everything Disney

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (JTA) – Arab American and American Muslim groups, objecting to the portrayal of Jerusalem in a special upcoming exhibit at Disney World, are calling for a boycott against the Walt Disney Company. Referring to plans for the Israeli pavilion at the planned “Millennium Village” as “propaganda disguised as entertainment,” American Muslims…

  • Search for UJC president narrows to five candidates

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (JTA) – “Newly redesigned social service and fund-raising organization that provides hundreds of millions of dollars annually for Jewish needs in North America and around the world seeks a visionary leader who can articulate its mission to a broad-based constituency and collaborate with a national board of directors and high-powered volunteer…

  • Longtime JNF official Samuel Cohen dies at age 66 following brief illness

    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (JTA) – A longtime Jewish professional leader, Rabbi Samuel Cohen of Lawrence, N.Y., died Sept.10 following a brief illness. Those who knew and worked with Cohen during his four decades of communal service were saddened by his untimely death at 66. Cohen held executive positions with many prominent Jewish organizations, but…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES New Israeli ambassador to U.N. hopes to accentuate the positive

    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (JTA) – The Israelis plan to accentuate the positive this year at the United Nations when the General Assembly”s 54th session begins next week. The Sept. 20 opening comes two weeks after Israel and the Palestinians signed the latest peace accord, following nearly a year of stalled negotiations. Israel”s incoming U.N….

  • Latest battle over Jerusalem surfaces in Mickey’s backyard

    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (JTA) – The latest round in the battle for Jerusalem is being waged, not in the Middle East, but in the Magic Kingdom. The Arab League and Arab American groups are planning to meet with representatives of Walt Disney World to discuss their concerns that a special exhibit at Disney’s EPCOT…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Rejuvenated Hillel more active in Jewish college life nationwide

    NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (JTA) –Fraternities and Hillels once stood in diametric opposition on the scale of what”s considered cool in college life: frats brought to mind “Animal House,” while Hillels were known as the “synagogue on campus.” Students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti won”t find such a strong distinction this year at the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Birthright project’s challenge is getting more Jews to Israel

    NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (JTA) – Charles Bronfman unwrapped plans last week for “a gift from the Jewish people” that has given a major boost to those in the business of sending young Jews to Israel. The Birthright Israel initiative, announced during the UJA Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Jerusalem, would create a…

  • Anti-Semitism in U.S. drops, but stays high among blacks

    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (JTA) – Americans’ attitudes toward Jews are improving overall, but African Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to hold anti-Jewish beliefs, a new survey has found. A survey released Monday by the Anti-Defamation League indicates that the number of American adults with strongly anti-Jewish views has dropped from…

  • Israelis, North Americans sign covenant on unity, shared values

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (JTA) – Representatives of North American Jewry and Israel have concluded several days of dialogue aimed at improving Israel- Diaspora relations by signing a document proclaiming worldwide Jewish unity. Knesset members joined thousands of American and Canadian Jewish leaders on Thursday in signing a covenant of rededication to “enduring ties that bind…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD UJA young leaders deliver Torah to Prague’s egalitarian synagogue

    PRAGUE, Nov. 17 (JTA) – A group of young American Jewish leaders has provided a valuable gift to a progressive Jewish group in the Czech capital. Members of UJA Federations of North America’s Young Leadership Division delivered a refurbished Torah scroll to Beit Praha, the only organization in Prague that holds mixed-gender services, during a…