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  • 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…

  • 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…