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  • Rabbis from all streams to convene

    JERUSALEM, April 10 (JTA) — Rabbis from all streams of Judaism are expected to attend the Shalom Hartman Institute’s 11th annual Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar, to be held in Israel from June 30 to July 10. This year’s study themes are “The Attitude of Judaism Towards Christianity and Islam” and “Interpersonal Dynamics in the Judaic…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli teen-agers 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 Israeli Orthodox rabbis accused of taking bribes for conversions

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 18 (JTA) — An Israeli television investigative report has left many people here wondering just how kosher the country’s Orthodox conversions really are. The report, aired last week on a popular program that regularly exposes alleged corruption, showed an Orthodox rabbi demanding thousands of dollars to perform what the media has termed a…

  • U.S. Reform rabbis voice concerns on conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Fifty American Reform rabbis have voiced their “grave concerns” over Israel’s pending conversion law in a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During Sunday’s meeting, the rabbis told the prime minister that the so-called “Rabbinical Court Conversion Bill,” which the Cabinet is reportedly about to approve, will delegitimize millions of…

  • 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…