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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…

  • Agudat Yisrael leader blames Reform Jewry for Hitler’s rise

    JERUSALEM, Dec.3 (JTA) — A leader of the fervently religious Agudat Yisrael Party this week stated that the secularized stance of Reform Jewry led to the Holocaust. Pinchas Horowitz, the party’s deputy chairman, made the controversial remark Sunday during a Tel Aviv news conference. The party had called the briefing to announce a rally against…

  • Israelis jarred by mention of crash scene in Scripture

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Was last week’s tragic helicopter crash that killed 73 Israeli servicemen foretold in Scripture? That is the question on the minds of many Israelis, who were more than a bit unnerved to find a reference to the name Sha’ar Yishuv — the northern farming settlement over which the Feb. 4…

  • Israel to hold identity contest

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 22 (JTA) — The Israeli Ministry of Education and Bar-Ilan University have announced an international study competition on Jewish identity, to be held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first Zionist Congress. The competition, which will be open to Jewish youths age 11 to 16, in both Israel and the Diaspora,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israelis living abroad wooed to return by government, firms

    JERUSALEM, March 2 (JTA) — When Dalia Oud and her husband moved to the United States in 1989, they did not expect to stay forever. Even so, their decision to return to Israel did not come easily. “We went to the States seven years ago because my husband, a physician, needed to study critical care…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Writing enables child survivors to confront tragic experiences

    JERUSALEM, May 6 (JTA) — Chana Cohen Aronoff was 3 years old when, during the darkest days of the Holocaust, her parents entrusted her to the care of a Christian family. Fifty-two years after the end of World War II, Aronoff is still trying to come to terms with her experiences as a child Holocaust…