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  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Israelis boost Jewish presence at southern tip of United States

    KEY WEST, Fla., May 1 (JTA) — Strolling through the bustling streets of this historic town, once home to Ernest Hemingway, the last thing one expects to hear from the shopkeepers is fluent Hebrew. Yet that is the language spoken by the tanned young men and women who own many of the stores around this…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli teen-ages agonize as military service beckons

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (JTA) — Abigail Hoffman, a student at Jerusalem’s High School of the Arts, is feeling a lot of pressure these days. By the end of the school year, Hoffman, a high school senior with dreams of becoming a professional dancer, will be drafted into the Israel Defense Force. Hoffman admits that she…

  • Jewish Agency leaders press Sharansky on conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (JTA) — A delegation of American Jewish leaders has expressed “deep concern” over pending conversion legislation to 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 of the Ministerial Committee on Diaspora Affairs. The…

  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli teen-agers agonize as military service beckons

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (JTA) — Abigail Hoffman, a student at Jerusalem’s High School of the Arts, is feeling a lot of pressure these days. By the end of the school year, Hoffman, a high school senior with dreams of becoming a professional dancer, will be drafted into the Israel Defense Force. Hoffman admits that she…

  • Jewish groups grow impatient with Swiss over missing assets

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 5 (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…

  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES North American college students value Israeli university programs

    JERUSALEM, May 15 (JTA) — It is easy to spot them — lounging on the lawn or sitting in loose circles, laughing and joking in exuberant voices. Even from a distance, before one can hear the English, it is obvious that these tanned, smiling young adults, gathered at the Hebrew University to attend a daylong…

  • International teen contest promotes study of Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (JTA) — Who divided the Old City of Jerusalem into four distinct quarters, and why? Which Jerusalem street is named after a British monarch? According to the latest Israeli census, how many Jews, Muslims and Christians reside in the nation’s capital? Those who do not have this information at their fingertips —…