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  • G.A. helps bridge the division between Israelis and Diaspora Jews

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 17 (JTA) – Thousands of Diaspora Jews witnessed with their own eyes the gulf that divides them from their Israeli counterparts, but they also caught a glimpse of a bridging solution. North American Jews participating in the 67th General Assembly of the UJA Federations of North America found that meaningful discussion between Israeli…

  • North Americans, Israelis set to meet in Jewish Parliament

    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (JTA) – After forging a partnership this summer with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, the Council of Jewish Federations, North American Jewry’s main coordinating and service organization, is making similar overtures to the people of Israel. The CJF’s constituents from more than 200 autonomous local federations will…

  • Survivors returning home 60 years after Kristallnacht

    NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (JTA) –Next week, the newly built synagogue in Mannheim is scheduled to receive four visitors from America. But Karl Richter, Erwin Hirsch, Ernest Michel and Rudi Appel are no strangers to this western German city. The four were, respectively, the former rabbi of Mannheim’s main synagogue, the cantor there, a former…

  • Netanyahu warns world leaders of Palestinian statehood dangers

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a stern warning to the world. Palestinian plans to declare an independent state next May would “cause the complete collapse” of the peace process, Netanyahu said Thursday in his address to the United Nations General Assembly. Netanyahu strongly urged the Palestinian Authority…

  • Clinton calls on world leaders to join fights against terrorism

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JTA) – In a speech at the United Nations Monday, President Clinton put the fight against terrorism at the top of the U.S. agenda and suggested that the world follow suit. “We must show people they have everything to gain by embracing cooperation and renouncing violence,” he told the world leaders…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Philanthropists, educators join to make Israel integral for youth

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JTA) – A group of Jewish philanthropists, educators and Israel-program administrators wants to revolutionize the Israel experience – starting in America. A report soon to be issued by the Youth and Education Task Force of Israel Experience, Inc. is calling on North American Jews “to once and for [all] do what…

  • Israel, Palestinians prepare to face off at United Nations

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (JTA) – The Palestinians are bringing their campaign for statehood to the United Nations. A draft Palestinian resolution, which will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly during its current session, would recognize the Palestinians’ “right to establish an independent state.” The Palestinian representative at the U.N., Nasser al-Kidwa, said he…

  • REMEMBERING YOM KIPPUR WAR U.S. Jews mobilized for Israel with prayers, money and lobbying

    NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (JTA) – For many American Jews, news of the Yom Kippur War was delivered in a whisper. “In shul, a man very dramatically walked up to the front” and spoke quietly to the rabbi, who “made the solemn announcement that Israel had been invaded,” recalls Martin Raffel, the director for international…

  • Russian immigrant groups adapt to methods of organized U.S. Jewry

    NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (JTA) – Russian-speaking emigres in America want it known: They are not the same people who stepped off the boat at the turn of the century. While their population – some 400,000 – has grappled with the challenges of resettlement common to most newcomers to the United States, they also have…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Russians move from isolation to activism in U.S. Jewish life

    NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (JTA) – On a warm summer afternoon, guests gathered poolside at the country home of Semyon and Ludmila Kislin – sunglasses on and checkbooks out. That day the group of about 100 members of the Russian Division of UJA- Federation of Philanthropies of New York raised $15,000 for the federation”s annual…