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  • Artist’s work reflects personal quest toward embracing Judaism

    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (JTA) — Max Ferguson spent the first 30 years of his life as what he calls “the world’s worst self-hating, self- denying Jew.” Now, nine years after he embarked on a personal journey to rediscover his roots, he considers himself a Jewish artist. The transformation happened during trips abroad, when he…

  • Attachment to Israel is passed down by teen-agers’ parents, new survey says

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — Jewish teens follow their parents’ lead when it comes to developing a connection to Israel, according to a new survey. The “most effective policy” in instilling teen-agers’ connection to Israel is “family education at home,” according to Barry Kosmin, whose Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London recently surveyed…

  • Agency seeks families to adopt babies

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — An adoption agency based in Silver Spring, Md., is looking for Jewish families to adopt Russian children of Jewish ancestry. Although Cradle of Hope is not a specifically Jewish adoption agency, the director of the agency, Linda Perilstein is Jewish and is “committed to preserving Jewish heritage.” Due to…

  • Troupe brings Jewish culture and history to traditional ballet

    NEW YORK, July 7 (JTA) — As a professional dancer performing in classics such as “Giselle,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” Julian Fisher felt cultural pluralism was missing from traditional ballet. After a visit to Israel, Fisher became actively interested in combining his love of dance with his Jewish heritage. The pursuit of his…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Chilean student heads campaign against Nazi meeting in year 2000

    NEW YORK, JULY 6 (JTA) — When Yoram Rovner, a Jewish Chilean engineering student, heard last year that an international Nazi congress was scheduled to take place in his country, he decided he could not let it happen — at least not without a protest. A member of Jewish youth groups, Rovner, 20, has often…

  • American Jewish Press Association honors the best in Jewish journalism

    NEW YORK, June 22 (JTA) — The American Jewish Press Association has honored the publisher and editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency with the 1999 Joseph Polakoff Award for Distinguished Service to Jewish Journalism. Mark Joffe, executive editor and publisher, and Lisa Hostein, editor, were recognized for their careers in American Jewish journalism at the…

  • Jewish artists and scholars recognized in annual awards

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — To highlight Jewish achievement in art and scholarship, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture honored the best and brightest last week during two ceremonies here. For 10 years, the arts awards have crystalized the importance of the arts for the Jewish community and also have demonstrated the immense contribution…

  • Hot-selling Chai Bond attempts to connect young people to Israel

    NEW YORK, June 10 (JTA) — Since its release in early April, the new Chai Bond has been selling “like wildfire,” according to the State of Israel Bonds. The bond aims to foster the connection between younger Jews and Israel through endeavors such as the B’nai Mitzvah Bonding Program, which promotes the bond in synagogues…