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  • Conservatives’ Kosher Initiative Launches High Holidays Drive

    Leaders of the Conservative movement’s ethical kashrut certification program are taking their campaign to the next level. They are inviting Conservative rabbis to sign onto the Hekhsher Tzedek initiative, meeting with at least one Orthodox kosher certification agency and making initial overtures to selected kosher food producers that might seek the new certification. “We are… More ▸

  • Obama Camp to Raise Domestic Issues in Bid for Jewish Votes

    After months of playing up their candidate’s support for Israel, Obama advisers say the campaign is opening up a second front in the battle for Jewish voters. Obama Jewish outreach director Dan Shapiro told JTA the campaign will now be emphasizing that the presumptive Democratic candidate’s “values” are “in sync” with historic “Jewish values” on… More ▸

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    A Jewish Olympic sailor from New Zealand failed to medal after leading at the halfway point. Jo Aleh, 22, was ahead in the women’s laser radial competition over the weekend, but she finished ninth in the medal race Tuesday in Qingdao and seventh overall. Aleh was born in New Zealand after her Israeli father and… More ▸

  • Anatomy of an Aid Effort: Rescue and Relief in Georgia

    Some ran Friday when the bombs fell on Tskhinvali, some on Saturday when they fell on Gori and some on Sunday when the Russian tanks rolled into Georgia proper. The Jews of Georgia scattered, disappeared and resurfaced in refugee camps, relatives’ homes or at the doors of the synagogue. As Russia occupied Georgia, pushing ever… More ▸

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    Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants rallied in Jerusalem to demand that more Falash Mura be brought to Israel. An estimated 1,000 protestors gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday to call on the government to keep bringing in the Falash Mura — descendents of Ethiopian Jews who say they were forced, over the centuries, to… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The United Jewish Communities has launched an emergency appeal for the embattled citizens of Georgia. UJC has set up a mailbox to take donations, in addition to a blog addressing the crisis. The organization’s overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, have been assisting the local Jewish community,… More ▸

  • Relief Groups Assist Refugees Caught in Caucasus Conflict

    Vissarion Manasherov left his city as the bombs were falling. One day later, on Monday, with bombs still falling, he returned to Gori, a city at the edge of war, to convince the few Jewish families still in the area to leave. The Russians were at their doorstep, he told them. Manasherov, the community’s leader… More ▸

  • Jews Caught on Both Sides of Georgia-russia Fighting

    Russian and Georgian troops continued to fight a pitched battle Monday that has spilled beyond the borders of South Ossetia and toward the Georgian city of Gori, where Jewish relief organizations continued to make contact with local Jews. More than 200 Jewish residents fled the Russian bombardment over the weekend. More have decided to leave… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Israeli airline said radar failure at the Tbilisi airport would prevent it from evacuating Israelis from Georgia. Arkia Israel Airlines said Monday it could not fly out 100 Israeli nationals waiting to leave Georgia because the airport radar had been bombed beyond function, Ha’aretz reported. The airline is working to reroute passengers through Azerbaijan…. More ▸

  • In Ethiopia, We Must Fulfill Mitzvah of Redeeming Captives

    The world is filled with irony; some of it tragic. A good example is the case of the Ethiopians languishing in Gondar waiting to make aliyah to Israel. In 1989, when I visited Ethiopia for the first time, the North American Jewish community was contributing funds that provided food and health care, and educated the… More ▸