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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Key players in religious pluralism step back from brink, avert crisis

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (JTA) — Like two sides threatened by a debilitating labor strike, the key players in the religious pluralism morass have stepped back from the brink. As a result, the committee seeking a way out now has three more months to find a solution to the crisis that has created a deep rift…

  • Religious pluralism morass heads back to courts, Knesset

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (JTA) — It’s back to the courts and the Knesset — the very venues those seeking a way out of the religious pluralism morass had hoped to avoid. Despite months of efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis, Orthodox political parties were expected to introduce a bill this week that would bar non-Orthodox…

  • Israel implicated in attempt to kill Hamas leader in Jordan

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (JTA) — Israel has implied that it was behind a botched assassination attempt on a Hamas leader in Jordan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused Sunday to confirm or deny whether Israel played a role in the failed Sept. 25 attempt. But Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, in an apparent effort to explain the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Questions over a conversion lead a U.S. Jew to Reform wedding

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 2 (JTA) — The latest recruit in the battle over Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox converts hails from the most unlikely place — Louisiana. An American man who underwent an Orthodox conversion in Metairie, La., was denied an official marriage in Israel last week on the grounds that his conversion may not have been…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Druse bent on participating in Zionism educational programs

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (JTA) — How do you teach “100 Years of Zionism” to non-Jewish Israeli students? That was the challenge facing Saleh Alsheich, the Ministry of Education’s director of education for the country’s Druse community. Instead of shying away from the ministry’s most recent “theme of the year,” marking the 100th anniversary of the…

  • Conversion panel to reconvene in new effort to break deadlock

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (JTA) — A committee charged with finding a way to resolve a crisis over conversions in Israel will make another bid to break its deadlock. The committee failed to come up with a recommended solution by last Friday’s deadline. But, instead of disbanding, the committee was planning to convene again Thursday to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Victims of suicide bombings: More than just names on a list

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (JTA) — The victims of last week’s twin suicide bombing at the Mahane Yehuda market were more than names on a list. A survivor of Auschwitz, two new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and an Israeli Arab were among the 13 victims to lose their lives when two men blasted themselves…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Twin suicide bombing shatters hope of reviving peace process

    JERUSALEM, July 30 (JTA) — A week that began with promise ended in bloodshed. The twin suicide bombs that shook Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda on Wednesday struck not only the heart of the nation’s capital but also any immediate hope of reviving the moribund peace process. The colorful open-air market, with its maze of stalls filled…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Around the world, relatives seek Swiss bank account claims

    JERUSALEM, July 28 (JTA) — When the Swiss Bankers Association published its long-awaited list of dormant World War II-era bank accounts here last week, 82-year-old Dov Haber found what he was looking for. Buried in the tiny print was the name of Haber”s uncle, Hermann Roth, who lived in Vienna before the war. As soon…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Petition on religious councils not affecting conversion issue

    JERUSALEM, July 22 (JTA) — One month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established a committee to find a compromise on Jewish conversions, the question of how to register those who have undergone a non-Orthodox conversion in Israel remains unresolved, according to those close to the negotiations. Faced with an August 15 deadline, the seven-member…