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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…