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  • The challenge of training rabbis: Seminary leaders exchange ideas

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 11 (JTA) — In a quiet retreat center north of New York City, the leaders of non-Orthodox rabbinical seminaries around the world – – and one which calls itself modern Orthodox — met recently for an unprecedented seminar. A group of 19 presidents, deans and senior faculty from Traditional, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform,…

  • Crown Heights settlement provides measure of relief

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — The four days of rioting that tore Crown Heights apart seven years ago so frightened Michoel Chazan that he fled his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood for a week. Some friends, he recalls, were pulled from their cars and beaten by angry blacks while others had rocks and bricks hurled through…

  • Getting down to the nitty-gritty as population study 2000 shapes up

    NEW YORK, April 26 (JTA) — Just how does one go about taking the pulse of the American Jewish community? Organizers of the National Jewish Population Study 2000 are intensely involved in putting the pieces together as they seek to update the findings of a similar study from 1990 and also explore new areas. With…

  • New York rabbi to lead Reform synagogue in London

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (JTA) — Great Britain’s largest Reform congregation will soon have an American at its helm. Mark Winer, 55, will be taking over the 2,400-family pulpit of the West London Synagogue as senior rabbi later this month, though on a part-time basis until the synagogue officially approves his appointment in June. He…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Planned end to Ethiopian aliyah complicated by new developments

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — This week was supposed to mark the end of a glorious era in modern Jewish history. Fourteen years after Israel launched its first dramatic rescue operation of Jews from Ethiopia, those involved in the effort had planned to close up shop, bringing the last planeload of Jews to Israel….

  • Reform rabbis table vote on blessing gay marriage

    NEW YORK, May 5 (JTA) — Leaders of the Reform rabbinate have shelved a scheduled vote on the validity of Jewish same-sex marriages after more than two years of effort to come up with an official position on the matter. An open discussion and vote were planned for the upcoming annual meeting of the Reform…

  • Israeli officials thwart effort of family seeking to immigrate

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — The attempt of a black, Jewish American family to immigrate to Israel was interrupted last week when they were detained at Ben- Gurion Airport and told they had to leave the country. The family members had converted to Judaism under the auspices of the Conservative movement. Though it is…

  • Israeli officials thwart effort of family seeking to immigrate

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — The attempt of a black, Jewish American family to immigrate to Israel was interrupted this week when they were detained at Ben- Gurion Airport and told they had to leave the country. The family members had converted to Judaism under the auspices of the Conservative movement. Though it is…

  • Learning online provides ‘spiritual lifeline’ for adults

    NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (JTA) — Eleanor Gibson is a cranberry farmer in a rural part of Washington state where hers, she says with a laugh, is one of only two Jewish families in the area. Every day — usually for an hour, sometimes for two or three — she logs onto a new, online…

  • Tour of Satmar school provides rare glimpse of girls’ education

    NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (JTA) — The sweet sound of first-grade girls singing in Yiddish fades out as more than 50 small faces turn toward the door. They rise to greet Rabbi Hertz Frankel, their dean, who is accompanied by a rare visitor from outside the community. Frankel motions them to sit down and continue…