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  • Agudat Yisrael leader blames Reform Jewry for Hitler’s rise

    JERUSALEM, Dec.3 (JTA) — A leader of the fervently religious Agudat Yisrael Party this week stated that the secularized stance of Reform Jewry led to the Holocaust. Pinchas Horowitz, the party’s deputy chairman, made the controversial remark Sunday during a Tel Aviv news conference. The party had called the briefing to announce a rally against…

  • Israelis jarred by mention of crash scene in Scripture

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Was last week’s tragic helicopter crash that killed 73 Israeli servicemen foretold in Scripture? That is the question on the minds of many Israelis, who were more than a bit unnerved to find a reference to the name Sha’ar Yishuv — the northern farming settlement over which the Feb. 4…

  • Israel to hold identity contest

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 22 (JTA) — The Israeli Ministry of Education and Bar-Ilan University have announced an international study competition on Jewish identity, to be held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first Zionist Congress. The competition, which will be open to Jewish youths age 11 to 16, in both Israel and the Diaspora,…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES How Israelis deal with grief intensified by nation’s size

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Sixteen-year-old Shelley Ben-Yehuda did not know any of the 73 soldiers killed in last week’s helicopter crash, but that did not stop her from mourning. “I was affected by what happened, just like everyone else,” says the high school junior, who is looking toward her own induction into the army…

  • JDC program helps Bosnians develop business, build trust

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia, Jan. 27 (JTA) — An accountant for two decades, 40-year-old Sarajevo native Bosiljka Markovic would like to start her own accounting firm. While many might consider this a pipe dream, given the sorry state of Sarajevo’s war-ravaged economy, Markovic says she knows what she is getting into, thanks to a small-business program recently…

  • Business center coming to Gaza Strip

    JERUSALEM, March 3 (JTA) — A ground-breaking ceremony for the Gaza Strip’s first business center took place over the weekend north of Gaza City. The business center, which will include a luxury Marriott hotel and 150,000 square feet of office space, will be dedicated to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who was killed in…