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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Jews welcome Falwell’s apology; ready to put the matter ‘behind us

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (JTA) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s apology for recently saying that the Antichrist is a Jewish man alive today is being welcomed by the Jewish community. On Tuesday the influential Pentacostal minister apologized not for the substance of his remarks, but for what he called “my lack of tact and judgment…

  • 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,…