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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israel, Palestinians plan for massive tourism in 2000

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 10 (JTA) — Christmas is less than two weeks away, but both Israel and the Palestinian Authority already are looking ahead four years. Travel experts estimate that anywhere from 3.5 million to 5 million visitors will descend on the region during the year 2000. Last year, a record 2.5 million tourists came to…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli programs help families overcome scourge of child abuse

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (JTA) — For years, Maya Cohen was seized with sudden, uncontrollable fits of rage when one of her children, who are hyperactive, spilled a glass of milk or refused to turn in at bedtime. “I was under pressure, so much pressure, and sometimes I beat them,”” admits Cohen, whose name has been…

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

    JERUSALEM, March 6 (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…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD 50 years after secret struggle, volunteers recall their voyages

    ATLIT, Israel, May 26 (JTA) — For as long as they can remember, Max and Leah Meltzer have been hearing their grandfather recount stories of how he helped smuggle Jewish Holocaust victims into pre-state Israel. But this week, during the 50th anniversary reunion of the North Americans who participated in Aliyah Bet — the Hebrew…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israelis nonplused by debate over pending conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, April 14 (JTA) — Reform and Conservative Jews in the United States have been up in arms over Israel”s pending conversion bill. But many Israelis are essentially indifferent to both the legislation and to the Reform and Conservative movements in general. The bill “really isn”t important to me or to most of the people…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli advertisers target fervently Orthodox market

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 18 (JTA) — When Pisga, an Israeli manufacturer of laundry products, wanted to expand its customer base, it turned to one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. Researching the market, the advertising firm, Gitam/BBDO, learned that Pisga was not a household name among some of Israel’s largest households — those of haredim, or…

  • Jewish groups grow impatient with Swiss over missing assets

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (JTA) — Angered by what it termed “remarks bordering on anti-Semitism” by the outgoing president of Switzerland, the World Jewish Restitution Organization has announced a series of retaliatory measures that would include a boycott of Swiss banks. Two top officials of the WJRO held a news conference here Sunday to unveil their…

  • SIX-DAY WAR ANNIVERSARY North American olim who came after 1967 war maintain idealism

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — It was in June 1967, during the Six- Day War, that Mildred Devor and her husband decided to make aliyah. “We were here for a sabbatical year in ‘66-‘67, but weren’t seriously considering aliyah,” says the Toronto native. “Then the war broke out and everything changed,” she says. “My husband…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES 50 U.S. Reform rabbis press Netanyahu on conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 (JTA) — Although it is too early to tell whether a whirlwind visit to Israel will have an impact on the outcome of pending conversion legislation, a delegation of Reform rabbis in America say the visit was not in vain. The 50 rabbis came to Israel this week to lobby against a…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Gripped by grief, Israel mourns loss of `so many boys’

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 5 (JTA) — The parents of Assaf Rothenberg long had the eerie feeling that their son would not return from Lebanon alive. Voicing the day-in-day-out sense of foreboding felt by many parents of soldiers serving in Lebanon, the father of the 20-year-old paratrooper said, “For a few months already, whenever Assaf went into…