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  • 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….

  • Pluralism poll on Israeli views results in unintended findings

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — The results of a new survey of Israeli attitudes about religious pluralism are not having the effects intended by the Orthodox group that commissioned it. In fact, the results are being welcomed by leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements, who are hailing the findings as a vindication of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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,…