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  • A new Orthodox dilemma: What to call a female ‘rabbi

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Rabbanit. Morateinu. Poseket. Congregational intern. Torahnot. There’s a whole new vocabulary evolving in the Orthodox world. It’s springing up around the increasing number of Orthodox women who are serving in positions — as teachers of men and women and as interpreters of Jewish law — that even a few…

  • Reform rabbis to re-examine controversial ‘patrilineal’ policy

    NEW YORK, June 16 (JTA) — Fifteen years after adopting one of its most controversial policies, the Reform movement is taking another look at “patrilineal descent.” But rescinding the policy is not on the agenda. Instead, a task force of Reform rabbis mandated to investigate the ramifications of the 1983 policy has recommended that the…

  • 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…

  • Rabbi pledges Christian funds to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (JTA) — Up to $2 million donated by evangelical Christians will redeem the Jews of Kwara, Ethiopia, and bring them to Israel. The sum has been promised by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. His offer has been accepted by the government of…

  • Rabbi pledges Christian funds to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (JTA) — Up to $2 million donated by evangelical Christians will redeem the Jews of Kwara, Ethiopia, and bring them to Israel. The sum has been promised by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. His offer has been accepted by the government of…

  • Two Jewish humanitarian groups provide food, medicine in Ethiopia

    NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (JTA) — As the Kwara Jews wait in Ethiopia for permission from the government of Israel to make aliyah, two Jewish humanitarian aid groups have been helping them and others with food and medicine. The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, a grass-roots organization based in New York, has, since November,…

  • Orthodox Jews number 7 percent of U.S. Jewry

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — How many Orthodox Jews are there in America today? No one knows for sure, since it has been nearly a decade since the 1990 National Jewish Population Study and the 1990 United States Census were conducted. When the National Jewish Population Study, sponsored by the Council of Jewish Federations,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Modern Orthodox Jews engage in public search for new identity

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — Modern Orthodoxy is determined to put its house in order — or at least to figure out what the house looks like. It has always been a movement open to a broad range of influences from both the traditional Jewish and secular worlds. And the value conflicts that occasionally…

  • Falwell’s remark on Antichrist sparks charges of anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (JTA) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s recent statement that the Antichrist is probably a Jewish man alive today is anti-Semitic and could potentially ignite widespread anti-Semitism, according to officials at Jewish organizations. It has also done serious damage to the dialogue between Jews and evangelical Christians, they say. Falwell’s statement “borders…