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  • Anti-missionary Web site sparks ire of Jews for Jesus

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (JTA) — A legal battle may be brewing between a messianic group and an anti-missionary activist over the use of a Web site address. The site — www.jewsforjesus.org — is not a site maintained by Jews for Jesus; rather, it is aimed at stopping the missionary group. The nearly 4-week-old site…

  • U.S. Orthodox to lobby Knesset on conversion

    NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (JTA) — A group of some 75 U.S. Orthodox leaders are traveling to Israel to lobby for the enactment of controversial legislation codifying into law the Orthodox monopoly over conversions in Israel. The trip is the latest effort by Am Echad, One Nation, to prevent legal recognition of Reform and Conservative…

  • Orthodox Union program combats teen-age drinking

    NEW YORK, March 4 (JTA) — Hoping to discourage Jewish alcoholism, the Orthodox Union has created a workbook that deals with drinking from a biblical standpoint. Originally conceived as part of the O.U.’s Pardes Project, an adult Torah education series, the workbook is being distributed to more than 100 Jewish high schools across the country…

  • Kosher supermarkets offer broad selection of products

    NEW YORK, March 31 (JTA) — First there were pushcarts laden with kosher food. Then came small kosher groceries and, later, aisles of kosher products in chain supermarkets. Now all-kosher supermarkets, stocked with thousands of kosher food products, are popping up across the country. And if a customer cannot get to one of those stores,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Battling hate on the Internet: Block it or educate against it

    NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (JTA) — The war against hate has a new battlefield — the Internet. The Internet is popular among hate groups because they find it easier to “market their products to millions of homes in a market that”s dominated and best used by young people,” according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean…

  • Anti-Semitic group blankets South Florida with hate fliers

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (JTA) — An obscure anti-Semitic group is causing a stir in South Florida. The World Church of the Creator scattered fliers on yards in Hollywood, Fla., last week, asking readers to join the “most positive influence on white society,” and directing them to the group’s anti-Semitic Web site. The flier is…

  • Orthodox ad campaign nixes pluralism, promotes education

    NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (JTA) — Frustrated by what they view as negative press as a result of the religious pluralism controversy in Israel, some Orthodox Jews have initiated an advertising campaign to “debunk the myths” of pluralism and encourage Jewish unity through “classical” Jewish education. An advertisement, which appeared in the New York Times…

  • Empire State gets Chanukah lights

    NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (JTA) — For Chanukah, a holiday of miracles, a young girl is getting her wish — and New Yorkers will be basking in its glow. On the first night of Chanukah, Dec. 23, the lights on the Empire State Building will shine blue and white, thanks to 9-year-old Mallory Blair Greitzer….

  • Proponents of peace hail withdrawal of U.N. resolution

    NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (JTA) — Proponents of the Middle East peace process are breathing a sigh of relief after the withdrawal of an Arab- sponsored U.N. resolution that would have elevated the status of the Palestinians at the international body. After a week of diplomatic haggling, the sponsors withdrew their resolution Tuesday when they…

  • U.N. delays controversial vote on Palestinian status

    NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly temporarily halted discussion this week on a controversial resolution that would grant the Palestinians member status without voting privileges. The decision to postpone the discussion was made Wednesday after the Arab-sponsored proposal caused days of behind-the-scenes wrangling and it became apparent that there wasn’t…