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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • CHANUKAH FEATURE (4) Challenge of buying gifts for Chanukah is no miracle

    NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (JTA) — Chanukah, a holiday of miracles, hope, latkes, doughnuts — and presents. The thought of gifts alone strikes fear in the hearts of people. But fear not, there are books, toys, CD-Roms and many other items for Chanukah gifts for all ages. For kids, there are a variety of Chanukah-themed…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Teaching tolerance on T.V.: Spate of shows have purpose

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (JTA) — The Holocaust and anti-Semitism continue to be choice themes among television executives. While these programs are produced primarily for entertainment, say television executives and observers, they also serve a greater purpose – – teaching tolerance. “Anti-Semitism and racism [are] still vibrant in 1997,” and movies about the Holocaust are…

  • ROSH HASHANAH FEATURE (6) Wide choice of holiday cards available on Jewish new year

    NEW YORK, Aug 27 (JTA) — “L’shanah tovah,” literally, “To a good new year,” is the greeting extended throughout the Jewish world on Rosh Hashanah. The greeting, a tradition as old as the holiday itself, is unique among Jewish festivals. “Nowhere else in the calendar do you have a greeting” written in a Machzor, or…