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  • 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…

  • Jewish groups pitch in to aid Mexican victims of hurricane

    NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (JTA) — Relief is on its way to the hundreds of Mexican residents devastated by Hurricane Pauline, thanks in part, to several Jewish groups. “It is incumbent upon us as Jews,” especially during the High Holiday season “to reach out to those in need,” B’nai B’rith International President Tommy Baer said…

  • 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…

  • O.U. seminar: Teaching kosher to the gatekeepers of kashrut

    NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (JTA) — It’s so popular that more than 170 people have been turned away since its inception last year. No, it’s not a concert or a popular tourist attraction. It’s the Advanced Seminars on Kashruth, a program sponsored by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher food certification agency. The seminar…

  • 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…

  • Jewish family in Alabama sues, claiming religious discrimination

    NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (JTA) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Jewish family in rural Alabama claiming that local school officials have violated their children’s right to freedom of religion. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of church-state issues that have plagued the state….

  • Lifelong employee of JDC, Herbert Katzki, 89, is dead

    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (JTA) — Herbert Katzki, a man who devoted his life to helping Jews around the world, has died. He was 89. A former associate executive vice president at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Katzki began working at the JDC in 1936 after a brief career in banking. He immediately decided…

  • Are Brooklyn bomb suspects linked to Israel suicide attacks?

    NEW YORK, July 31 (JTA) — New York City police are investigating whether a bomb factory found in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday is connected to the twin suicide bombings a day earlier at a market in Jerusalem. Three suspects, all of whom are of “Middle Eastern origin,” according to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,…

  • Florida Jewish man gets 10 years for planting bomb aimed at Peres

    NEW YORK, June 25 (JTA) — An Orthodox man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for planting a bomb at a Florida synagogue where Shimon Peres was scheduled to speak. Harry Shapiro, 31, planted a pipe bomb in the Jacksonville Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue, in February in the hopes of preventing a…

  • Graduation off-limits to students who snuck Nazi references in poem

    NEW YORK, June 17 (JTA) — Two Georgia high school students have been barred from graduation ceremonies after school officials learned that a poem they wrote for a school magazine contained hidden references to Hitler and Nazis. A student who was reading Pegasus, the literary magazine of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga, east of…