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  • 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…

  • Israeli rabbis demonstrate against conversion legislation

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 30 (JTA) — A dozen Israeli Reform and Conservative rabbis chained themselves to benches outside the Interior Ministry to protest a pending bill on conversions. The protest, which attracted a great deal of local media attention, passed peaceably Thursday. Einat Ramon, a rabbi and spokeswoman for the Masorti/Conservative movement in Israel, said the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…