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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…

  • Conservative shul in Israel attacked during Yom Kippur

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — A Conservative synagogue in the Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Saba was vandalized on Yom Kippur, according to officials at the synagogue. Randy Tischler, a board member of the Hod Vettadar Congregation, said the incident occurred after about 500 worshipers attended Kol Nidre services last Friday night. When they returned…

  • Health Ministry’s test casts doubt on Yemeni family’s claim

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — After an Israeli woman from Yemen was reunited with her biological daughter in August, newly performed genetic tests have cast doubt over whether the two women are related. Tests performed this week by Israel’s Ministry of Health refute earlier DNA tests showing that Tzila Levine is the long-lost daughter of…

  • 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…

  • Mahane Yehuda attack toll up to 16

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (JTA) — An 84-year old Israeli has died of wounds sustained in the July 30 twin suicide bombing in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Baruch Ostrovsky, a resident of Jerusalem, was burned severely in the blast. Hospital officials said he never regained consciousness before dying last Friday. Ostrovsky, who immigrated from Russia…

  • Israeli Reform kindergarten severely damaged by firebomb

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 2 (JTA) — Firebombings of Jewish schools occasionally occur in Europe. But no one expected kindergarten children in Israel looking forward to their first day of school to be affected by such an attack. Sunday night a firebomb was thrown through the window of a kindergarten operated by the Reform movement in Mevasseret…

  • 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…

  • Israeli schoolchildren equip Rwandan orphans with supplies

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — Thanks to the efforts of 50,000 Israeli schoolchildren, 1,500 Rwandan orphans will be equipped with school supplies when classes begin next month. The supplies were purchased with funds raised by the schoolchildren, the Israel office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the U.S.-based Jewish Coalition for Rwanda. In…

  • Legislators join Jewish officials in a solidarity mission to Israel

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — A delegation of American congressmen and Jewish leaders traveled to Israel this week to demonstrate their support for the victims of last month’s terrorist attack at the Mahane Yehuda market here. During the two-day visit, which was organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, about a…