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  • Jewish Agency seeking $60 million emergency aid

    WASHINGTON, March 24 (JTA) — Reeling under a mountain of debt, the Jewish Agency for Israel has turned to North American Jewry for emergency assistance. At a closed-door meeting in Washington this week, Jewish Agency leaders implored top officials of about a dozen large federations to send an emergency advance of $60 million to the…

  • Religious pluralism gets airing despite efforts to stay away

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Despite concerted efforts to keep the religious pluralism debate off the agenda of the annual gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, it just couldn’t be done. A seemingly innocuous resolution marking Israel’s 50th anniversary led to bitter debate on the issue among delegates to the umbrella organization,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Arafat issues charter details, but will the Israelis buy them?

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has delivered a document on the explosive issue of the Palestinian Covenant that U.S. officials hope will remove a major stumbling block in the peace process. But while the Clinton administration is putting a positive spin on Arafat’s first detailed outline of how the Palestinians…

  • Palestinians press their case to upgrade status at the U.N.

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (JTA) — The Palestinians appear determined to press their claim to statehood at the United Nations. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright this week failed to convince the Palestinians to halt their effort to upgrade their status at the world body from observer to what is called “near state.” Instead, Palestinian Authority…

  • Albright speaks of ‘trouble;’ Ross heads back to capital

    WASHINGTON, March 30 (JTA) — Just what did Madeleine Albright say to American Jewish organizational officials when she prevailed upon them to help convince Israel to take concrete steps forward? “Ladies and gentlemen, we are in trouble here on this process. We need your support,” the U.S. secretary of state said in a conference call…

  • Republican abortion proposal worries Jewish GOP activists

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — For years, the Republican Party has reached out to Jewish voters by touting its big-tent approach. Just as the party is beginning to reap the rewards of its efforts at the ballot box, the latest anti-abortion battle is threatening the GOP’s success in the Jewish community. At its winter meetings…

  • Israeli finance minister moves to phase out U.S. economic aid

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — For years, Israel has talked about ending its dependence on American foreign aid. Now the Jewish state is doing something about it. Israeli Finance Minister Ya’acov Ne’eman came to Capitol Hill and the White House this week to respond to Republican congressional proposals aimed at phasing out $1.2 billion in…

  • Jewish activist charges ADL head, Jewish journalist with defamation

    WASHINGTON, June 30 (JTA) — Jewish activist Morton Klein is charging the head of the Anti-Defamation League and a Jewish journalist with defamation, but appears to be backing away from the perceived threat of legal action. In letters from his attorney, Klein demanded apologies from Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, and J.J. Goldberg,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES American Jews squeezed by Washington, Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON, March 31 (JTA) — Are Washington and Jerusalem on a course that will force the American Jewish community to choose between Bill and Bibi? U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s plea for Jewish support has placed the community squarely between Washington and Jerusalem as they tussle over the next step in the Israeli-Palestinian peace…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish war veterans dead but not forgotten at Arlington

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — For decades, Christmas wreaths have decorated many of the Jewish graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Well-intentioned volunteers lean thousands of donated wreaths on headstones throughout the nation’s premier cemetery for veterans. And each year for the past few years, a couple of days before Christmas, Ken Poch removes the wreaths…