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  • Groups upset at the slow progress in bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    NEW YORK, June 6 (JTA) — For the past year, the Israeli government has pledged that it would step up its efforts to bring a group of Jews remaining in Ethiopia to Israel. Disappointed with Israel”s progress on this front, and concerned about the welfare of emigrant hopefuls waiting in limbo, some American Jews, and…

  • Iranian Jews charged with spying amid stepped-up efforts for release

    NEW YORK, June 7 (JTA) — A group of Iranian Jews who were arrested in March have been charged with spying for Israel and the United States. Iran’s state-run radio broadcast the news Monday, according to a report by the Associated Press quoting the British Broadcasting Company. The 13 people from southern Iran “were accused…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Giving to religious institutions is oft-ignored area of Jewish charity

    NEW YORK, June 6 (JTA) — A recent report on American philanthropy shines a light on an area of giving that has long stood in the shadows in the American Jewish community. According to “Giving USA,” contributions to religious causes accounted for the largest share of American philanthropy in 1998. The report was released May…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Proposal to reach out to converts revives decades-old Jewish debate

    NEW YORK, May 24 (JTA) — Gary Tobin wants American Jews to put out the welcome mat to would-be converts. Reviving a decades-old debate over how to build a vibrant and populous Jewish community, the prominent demographer and frequent consultant to major Jewish organizations is proposing the creation of a conversion initiative aimed at, but…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Jews of all denominations come together to study, pray on Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 19 (JTA) — After the religious-secular tensions that marked Israel’s recent election campaign, the idea of all Jews standing together as a people to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai may seem a distant dream. But each spring, Jews celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, which begins at sundown Thursday. The festival commemorates…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Jews of all denominations come together to study, pray on Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 19 (JTA) — After the religious-secular tensions that marked Israel’s recent election campaign, the idea of all Jews standing together as a people to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai may seem a distant dream. But each spring, Jews celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, which begins at sundown Thursday. The festival commemorates…

  • THE VIEW FROM AMERICA U.S. Jews followed elections aided by sushi and the Internet

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) —The kosher sushi was gone by 10:00 p.m. Monday evening, but many guests at Fred Howard’s apartment overlooking the glittering lights of Manhattan stayed on, waiting to hear the latest results from Israel’s elections. About 100 supporters of the left-leaning Americans for Peace Now and Israel’s Meretz Party had gathered…

  • Israeli minister bears gift for U.N. in event marking a rocky 50 years

    UNITED NATIONS, May 13 (JTA) — Israel commemorated 50 years of rocky membership at the United Nations by giving the world body a symbolic gift. At a brief ceremony in the U.N.”s towering headquarters in New York, Israel”s foreign minister presented Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a stone from a fourth-century synagogue in the northern Galilee….

  • Israeli minister bears gift for U.N. in event marking a rocky 50 years

    UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (JTA) — Israel commemorated 50 years of rocky membership at the United Nations by giving the world body a symbolic gift. At a brief ceremony in the U.N.’s towering headquarters in New York, Israel’s foreign minister presented Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a stone from a fourth-century synagogue in the northern Galilee….

  • Israeli minister bears gift for U.N. in event marking a rocky 50 years

    UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (JTA) — Israel commemorated 50 years of rocky membership at the United Nations by giving the world body a symbolic gift. At a brief ceremony in the U.N.’s towering headquarters in New York, Israel’s foreign minister presented Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a stone from a fourth-century synagogue in the northern Galilee….