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  • Financial Concerns Underscore the G.A.

    When the United Jewish Communities began planning last year for its 2008 General Assembly in Israel, the goal was to highlight and strengthen the federation system’s support for philanthropic efforts in the Jewish state. But as more than 3,000 federation lay and professional leaders from North America gathered this week at the Binyanei HaUma international… More ▸

  • Travel Increases Between Israel and Russia

    Air travel between Moscow and Tel Aviv increased more than threefold since the two countries began a visa-free regime, Russia’s ambassador to Israel said. The visa-free flow of Russians to Israel has caused few problems since it began in September. The Israeli government expects the number of Russian visitors to increase fivefold next year. But… More ▸

  • Israeli Circumcision Experience Helps Fights Aids in Africa

    In a clinic in the hills of Swaziland’s capital, Israeli doctors have been training their counterparts in male circumcision, hoping expertise in the ancient technique will help in the battle against the modern scourge of AIDS. The United Nations announced last year that the procedure could reduce the rate of HIV transmission by up to… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸

  • Rough Campaign Takes Toll on Mccain’s Image

    When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy — but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on policy than the character of the presidential candidate… More ▸

  • Polls Show Obama Making Big Gains with Jewish Voters

    Barack Obama is making significant gains among Jewish voters, according to two new polls. The polls suggest that after months of hovering around 60 percent, Obama appears to be within striking distance of the 75-80 percent of the Jewish vote won by the three previous Democratic nominees for president. A Gallup tracking poll of 564… More ▸

  • Amid Political Turmoil, Emigration from South Africa is Again on Rise

    The euphoria that permeated all sectors of the South African population with its first democratic election in 1994 has degenerated into widespread pessimism with the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki, who enjoyed a good relationship with the Jewish community and presided over a once-flourishing economy, was pushed out by his own party in… More ▸

  • For Nonprofits in a Tough Economy, Marketing Pitch Must Be Perfect

    Harriet Mouchly-Weiss has a 2-foot tall stack of abject letters from nonprofit organizations telling her of their dire financial straits because of the economic meltdown. It was probably an ineffective approach — at least for Mouchly-Weiss. “If I get one more pathetic letter I am going to croak,” the New Yorker told JTA. In the… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Danny Ayalon resigned as co-chairman of the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah organization. Nefesh B’Nefesh announced the resignation of the former Israeli ambassador to the United States on Sunday. Ayalon, who served in the position for nearly two years, says he is leaving to pursue “an independent political career opportunity.” Ayalon was instrumental in enhancing the aliyah… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Growing religious freedom makes Russia a better place to be Jewish than Israel, a Russian chief rabbi said. The head Chabad rabbi in Russia, Berel Lazar, says he advises Jews to stay in Russia and not to immigrate to Israel. In an interview with the European publication Naaseh V’Nishma, he cited growing religious freedom under… More ▸