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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…

  • Rabbis, government officials reach accord on burial issue

    JERUSALEM, April 16 (JTA) — Israel’s chief rabbis and Ministry of Absorption have agreed on a way to resolve the controversy over burials for some immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Many of the immigrants are not considered Jewish by the Orthodox rabbinate and burial societies. The agreement, which went into effect Wednesday, allows those…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Gripped by grief, Israel mourns loss of `so many boys’

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 5 (JTA) — The parents of Assaf Rothenberg long had the eerie feeling that their son would not return from Lebanon alive. Voicing the day-in-day-out sense of foreboding felt by many parents of soldiers serving in Lebanon, the father of the 20-year-old paratrooper said, “For a few months already, whenever Assaf went into…

  • 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…

  • Israel marks Arab culture month

    JERUSALEM, May 20 (JTA) — A large book fair and heritage exhibition are two of the events taking place during Arab Culture Month, which kicked off on Sunday. The annual event, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Committee of Local Arab Councils and others interested in promoting Israeli Arab culture, is being held at…

  • Reform asks court to recognize conversions of adopted infants

    JERUSALEM, May 6 (JTA) — The Reform movement’s decision to petition the High Court this week to recognize the Jewishness of two infants who were adopted and converted abroad could further strain Israeli-Diaspora relations, according to a senior aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “In our recent meetings with leaders of the Reform and Conservative…