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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jews distance themselves from ‘messianic’ jubilee event

    NEW YORK, March 2 (JTA) — It looks, at first glance, like one more celebration of Israel’s 50th birthday. A closer look, however, reveals that “Israel’s Jubilee: 50 Years in the Land!” is being run by leaders of the “messianic Jewish” movement, which cloaks Christian theology in Jewish terminology and practice. The conference, slated to…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • PEOPLE OF THE BYTE First Jewish Web Week celebrates Jewish life online

    NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (JTA) — The people of the book are becoming the people of the byte — the computer byte, that is. To celebrate and promote the proliferation of Jewish activity on the World Wide Web and the Internet, the first Jewish Web/Net Week has been slated for Feb. 22-27. Jewish Web/Net Week…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Heschel and King: Two visionaries are linked again

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — One was a black Baptist preacher, the other a white-bearded rabbi born to lead a Chasidic dynasty. In life they stood arm in arm as men committed to righting their nation”s moral wrongs, as religious leaders unparalleled in influence and stature — and as personal friends. Slavery and the…

  • ANALYSIS Response to Vatican paper: Open the Holocaust archives

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — A long-awaited Vatican document addressing its role in the Holocaust is being greeted with nearly universal dismay and anger by Jewish experts on Catholic-Jewish relations. And it is prompting a renewed call from national Jewish organizations for the Vatican to open its Holocaust-era archives so that the truth of…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Proposal on gay marriage dividing Reform rabbinate

    NEW YORK, March 29 (JTA) — The Reform movement”s rabbinical organization is gearing up for a controversial vote on whether to sanction religious marriage ceremonies for lesbians and gay men. The issue is already creating deep and painful divisions within the Reform rabbinate, and some fear it could further alienate the Reform movement from other,…