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  • Netanyahu appeals for peace among Jews on religious issues

    JERUSALEM, June 29 (JTA) — Before Israel can make peace with its Arab neighbors, the Jewish people must make peace with one another. That was the message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed Sunday to the Jewish Agency for Israel Assembly. “For there to be peace between Jews and Arabs, between Israelis and Palestinians, first…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Solution to conversion crisis still faces significant hurdles

    JERUSALEM, June 23 (JTA) — Now that the Israeli government has reached agreement with the Conservative and Reform movements on a process to resolve the conversion controversy, is a solution really attainable? Reform and Conservative leaders appear confident that last week”s widely touted accord establishing an interdenominational committee will lead to a compromise in the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Russian community on sidelines of passionate conversion debate

    JERUSALEM, June 17 (JTA) — Despite the roiling controversy about a pending conversion bill that is certain to affect many of their lives, immigrants from the former Soviet Union remain curiously low-key about the issue. While American Jewish leaders speak passionately about the plight of Israel’s 150,000 to 200,000 non-Jewish Russian olim, many of whom…

  • JDC assesses role in meeting social service needs in Israel

    JERUSALEM, June 17 (JTA) — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun to assess how effectively the organization’s Israel-based programs are meeting the country’s needs. Aware that social and financial priorities within Israel and in the Diaspora have changed significantly in recent years, the JDC’s Israel Committee convened earlier this month in Israel to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Forces opposing conversion bill split over negotiating strategy

    JERUSALEM, June 5 (JTA) — A split has emerged between the Reform and Conservative movements over how to resolve the crisis swirling around impending conversion legislation. The Reform movement said this week that it would freeze all of its legal motions seeking recognition of its Israeli conversions, provided the government stops its efforts to pass…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Decision to not indict premier boosts holiday mood in Israel

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) — The political cloud that has hung over the country for the past three months appeared to be dissipating with the start of Passover. The decision by Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein not to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in connection with the Bar-On affair — along with reports that the government…

  • Labor legislator’s bill backs Orthodox religious councils

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 8 (JTA) — Labor Knesset member Avi Yehezkel has introduced a bill that would require all members of the country’s religious councils to declare that they are Orthodox. The bill, which last week passed its first of three required Knesset readings in a vote of 22-5, apparently came as a shock to many…

  • Jewish Agency leaders press Sharansky on conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (JTA) — A delegation of American Jewish leaders representing all streams of Judaism expressed their “deep concern” over pending conversion legislation in a meeting with Industry and Trade Minister Natan Sharansky. Sharansky met Sunday with the leaders, members of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors, in his capacity as chairman…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Sarajevo Jewish community rebuilding after Bosnia war

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia, Jan. 27 (JTA) — It is a bitterly cold day, but the Jewish Community Center of Sarajevo exudes a warm glow. Little more than a year after the U.S.-brokered Dayton agreement led to a cease-fire between Serbs and Muslims in this war-ravaged country, the community center and the people who run it still…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Up close and personal: Visitors witness conflict over Har Homa

    JERUSALEM, March 5 (JTA) — A delegation of American Jewish leaders this week ran headlong into the conflict over Israeli plans for Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem. Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, here on their annual mission, stopped to visit Har Homa and to hear Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert…