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  • HOLIDAY FEATURE 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….

  • Committee makes little progress in effort to curb terror incitement

    NEW YORK March 1 (JTA) — After seven meetings, Israel sees little progress in working together with the Palestinians to end incitement to violence and terror. Israel is “very disappointed with the amount of progress made” in the committee that was created by the Wye peace accords in October, said Daniel Taub, one of five…

  • Jewish leader again in spotlight, this time over deal with Serbians

    NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (JTA) — A top Jewish organizational leader is back in the glare of the media spotlight after news reports said one of his business deals may have violated U.S. sanctions against Serbia. Ronald Lauder’s plans to provide long-distance telephone service to and from Yugoslavia are under review by the Clinton administration,…

  • 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…

  • N.Y. rabbis aid bombed Moscow shul

    NEW YORK, June 29 (JTA) — The New York Board of Rabbis came to the aid of a firebombed Moscow synagogue last week during a stateside visit by that city’s chief rabbi. Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the group, which represents the four major Jewish denominations, presented Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt with $3,600 on June 25…

  • 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…