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  • Israeli court orders government to resolve Women of the Wall case

    JERUSALEM, March 4 (JTA) — In an apparent bid to resolve the Women of the Wall issue once and for all, Israel’s Supreme Court has granted the government 90 days to show “just cause” why women who wish to pray at the Western Wall cannot do so as a group. The court ruling Tuesday denied…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jerusalem AIDS conference marks Israeli-Arab cooperation

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 9 (JTA) — More than 40 Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians convened this week in Jerusalem to establish a regional task force aimed at preventing the spread of AIDS. During the four-day conference, which was organized by the Jerusalem AIDS Project, participants discussed obstacles facing public health professionals in the Middle East, where religion…

  • 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…