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  • 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 —…

  • 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…