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  • 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 ▸

  • Russian Immigrants Explore Their Jewishness at Limmud Event in Israel

    In the 1840s, Shmeylin Valentin’s great-great-great-grandfather was a student of the Vilna Gaon. But Valentin, the son of a staunch communist, says he grew up in Lithuania with “no Yiddish and no religion” at home, even though his grandfather had been a rabbi. Now living in Israel, Valentin is curious to know more. Last week… More ▸

  • In 5768, Establishment Groups Faced Challenges by Upstarts

    In the weeks leading up to last Rosh Hashana, the Anti-Defamation League, bowing to mounting pressure and a mini-revolt by its New England board, reversed its longstanding refusal to recognize the Armenian genocide. Wary of offending Turkey — a close ally of both Israel and the United States — the ADL had refused to say… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel will allow additional Ethiopians to petition for aliyah under the special circumstances afforded the Falash Mura. Without specifying a number, Israel’s Cabinet decided Sunday that the petitioners must meet three key criteria: They must be listed on a 1999 census of the Falash Mura in Ethiopia; have been living for at least a year… More ▸

  • Eckstein Denies Report That Group Gave Money to Missionize Jews

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who has raised tens of millions of dollars for Israel from American evangelicals, is denying a report suggesting that some of the money was used by Christians to missionize Jews. The Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported Monday that Eckstein’s organization, the Chicago-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, gave $10,000 in 2007 to… More ▸

  • Outgoing Ujc Head Faces Tough Task with Overseas Partners

    Don’t expect Howard Rieger to spend his last year on the job quacking. Rieger, the president and CEO of the United Jewish Communities, told JTA this summer that he plans to play the heavy during the next dozen months as he works hard to make sure that the relationship between the UJC and the network… More ▸