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  • 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…

  • 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…