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  • 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….

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Selling coffee and spirituality

    NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (JTA) — How about some Jewish spirituality with that latte? This spring, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner’s book “Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary” will be one of a handful of volumes for sale at Starbucks Coffee stores. Some 400 of the close to 1,000 Starbucks outlets throughout the country…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Non-Orthodox in U.S. vow to press their case in Israel

    NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (JTA) — News that Israel’s Chief Rabbinate had rejected a key component of a proposed resolution to the conversion crisis came as no shock to representatives of the largest American Jewish movements. Leaders of the Conservative and Reform movements, which together represent about 85 percent of affiliated American Jews, said that…

  • 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…