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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Falwell’s effort to influence U.S. policy unlikely to succeed

    NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (JTA) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell is still trying to make his mark. But whether the once-powerful evangelical Christian leader will succeed in his latest effort to influence Middle East politics is far from certain. Falwell has announced that he intends to mobilize 200,000 evangelical Christian ministers to lobby Congress in…

  • 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….

  • Competing client interests embroil public relations firm

    NEW YORK, May 11 (JTA) — A prominent public relations firm is at the center of an international imbroglio because of the competing interests of two of its now-former clients — the Swiss government and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The controversy involving the New York-based Ruder Finn comes as a slew of parties are…

  • Leader of Agudath Israel, Moshe Sherer, dies at 76

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Sherer, president of Agudath Israel of America and an ardent defender of Orthodox interests, has died at 76. He passed away Sunday at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan after suffering a relapse of the leukemia that he thought he had beat. Sherer was in Israel…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES New population study prepares to take pulse of American Jewry

    NEW YORK, April 26 (JTA) — Nearly a decade ago, the news rocked the Jewish world: Slightly more than half of recently married Jews had wedded non- Jews. That finding from the first comprehensive study of American Jewry in two decades singlehandedly prompted a sea change in the course the Jewish community had long charted….

  • 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 28 (JTA) — Last 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….

  • Rabbis seek new dialogue at time of tension and divide

    NEW YORK, May 12 (JTA) — The creation of a national organization whose mission is to bring together rabbis of every denomination for dialogue is being met with a degree of skepticism — and a lot of hope. The new group — named the North American Board of Rabbis — is the idea of modern…

  • SHAVUOT FEATURE Reform Jews embrace tradition of Shavuot holiday Torah study

    NEW YORK, May 20 (JTA) — Shavuot will be about more than eating the traditional dairy foods — blintzes and cheesecake — for Jonathan Eisenthal this year. Eisenthal, the stay-at-home father of a 4-year-old daughter and newborn son in St. Paul, Minn., will for the first time be devoting the night of the Shavuot festival…

  • 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…