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  • Avraham Burg stepping down — and back into Israeli political fray

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Avraham Burg announced this week that he is jumping from the Jewish Agency for Israel back into the Israeli political arena. His return to politics cuts short his term as chairman of the Jewish Agency, a post he has held for four years. Burg, a former Knesset member for…

  • Virtual Purim brings insight but no substitute for Megillah

    NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (JTA) — This Purim, the Internet is putting a new twist on the Scroll of Esther. Revelers preparing to celebrate the springtime holiday can use the World Wide Web for a deeper understanding of the Megillah, or scroll, which tells the story of the fourth-century-B.C.E. redemption of the Jews of Persia….

  • Artists find inspiration in JDC’s historic archives

    NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (JTA) — When Alan Berliner arrived at the archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1997, his instructions were simple: “Go in there and come out inspired.” Searching for inspiration among the file cabinets and boxes filled with 50,000 photographs and documents, the New York-based artist said recently, was…

  • PROFILE Bronfman relishes chance to be pioneer chair of new partnership

    NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (JTA) — When it comes to risky start-ups, Charles Bronfman has an all-star record. In 1968, the distillery fortune heir helped bring baseball’s National League to Montreal by providing financial backing for the Expos when a major partner pulled out of an already foundering franchise at the last minute. A baseball…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Russians survey U.S. memorials as they plan Holocaust museum

    NEW YORK, June 29 (JTA) — For more than a week, Tankred Golenpolsky, together with six other Russian Jewish leaders and museum professionals, visited American Holocaust institutions to experience “the climate” of a Holocaust museum. In Los Angeles, Houston and New York, he saw films, photographs, relics and documents — including a report card from…

  • Suit against Yeshiva University marks latest battle for gay rights

    NEW YORK, June 30 (JTA) — A discrimination lawsuit against Yeshiva University is shaping up to become the latest battle for gay and lesbian rights at the school. Filed last week in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of two students at the school’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and behalf of the Einstein…

  • Decision on new entity head nears as federations debate name change

    NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (JTA) — They’re calling it “Newco,” but not for long. Over the next few weeks, federations are being asked to review four potential names for the entity born of the merger of the Council of Jewish Federations, the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal. In the meantime, the search…

  • Lubavitch hopes to score kosher goal at World Cup

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — The Lubavitch movement hopes to score its own goal at this year’s World Cup — reaching Jewish soccer fans, one kosher meal at a time. The group’s European Bureau has set up the only kosher food stand at the newly constructed Stade de France, the 80,000-seat stadium outside Paris…

  • Survey: Powerful link exists between Jewish camp and identity

    NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (JTA) — The Silicon Valley, a hotbed of high technology, is cutting edge in more ways than one, boasts the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose. Two years ago, the federation started a summer camp scholarship program to provide financial aid “to every child who wanted to…

  • Israel vowing to boycott Geneva Convention meeting

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Israel has criticized a United Nations decision to call for an international conference on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The U.N. General Assembly’s decision Tuesday evening “was passed out of narrow political motives and not because of humanitarian considerations,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. Israel said…