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  • Reform Jews launch $50 million campaign

    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (JTA) — Reform Jewish officials plan to raise $50 million over the next decade to build synagogues and community centers throughout Israel as part of an aggressive and ambitious new strategy to boost the movement worldwide. Last week’s announcement by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, executive director of Reform’s Zionist and international arm…

  • Conservative rabbis avoid debate on contentious issues

    New York Jewish Week BALTIMORE, May 3 (JTA) — Nearly 500 Conservative rabbis gathered in Baltimore from around the world last week to discuss the future of their movement. But issues not found on the official agenda for the 99th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization representing 1,500 Conservative rabbis, were perhaps more…

  • Peace coalition launched at Rabin memorial ceremony

    New York Jewish Week NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (JTA) — It was shortly after 19-year-old Israeli soldier Arik Frankenthal was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists four years ago that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited with the victim’s father to express sympathy. Friends urged Yizchak Frankenthal, a religious Zionist, to abandon his pro-peace philosophy and…

  • Survivors sue insurance firms for failing to honor policies

    New York Jewish Week NEW YORK, April 9 (JTA) — Now it’s European insurance companies who are accused of cheating Holocaust survivors. A federal class-action lawsuit filed last week by nine Holocaust survivors alleges that seven European insurance companies failed to honor life and property insurance policies purchased before World War II by Jewish citizens…

  • New York to help Jerusalem build new basketball arena

    New York Jewish Week NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — Picture this: John Starks shakes free of his defender and sinks a three-pointer at the buzzer. Yitzhak Rabin Stadium erupts as the New York Knicks nip the Jerusalem Saints, 80-77. Rabin Stadium? Jerusalem Saints? Well, if all goes as planned, this scene could be reality…

  • Yeshiva University conference aims to rebuild black-Jewish ties

    New York Jewish Week NEW YORK, March 12 (JTA) — The four panelists were in agreement. They knew deep problems continued to exist between blacks and Jews. They just were not sure what to do about them. “We came here today to see how we might have lost our way, and how we might find…