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  • Women Making Aliyah Among Mumbai Victims

    A woman scheduled to make aliyah was among those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad center. Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, a Mexican citizen, had plans to make aliyah Monday, joining two of her three children who had already immigrated to Israel. She was among five Israelis killed in the attack on the Nariman House…. More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Leaders Approve Major Cuts, Push Reform Plan

    Officials at the Jewish Agency for Israel are saying a $40.5 million budget cut and a radical restructuring ultimately will provide a major boost to its campaign to reorganize and expand its efforts beyond aliyah. The agency’s cuts from its $300 million core budget next year will include sweeping reductions in programs throughout the world… More ▸

  • Postville Jewish Community Struggles to Survive After Raid

    After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town’s Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial. All told, they were willing to put up the equivalent of about $2 million, according to the judge in… More ▸

  • New Indictments in Agriprocessors Case

    A federal grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Agriprocessors and its employees. The indictment, which was unsealed Nov. 21, included fresh charges against the kosher meat producer and named two former employees who had not been identified previously in connection with the case: Brent Beebe, a former operations manager, and Ze’ev Levi, who ran… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish Agency nixes Birthright funding cut The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel nixed a plan by its budget committee to cut its allocation to Birthright Israel by $1 million. The agency, which concluded its board meetings in Jerusalem on Thursday night, passed $45 million in cuts to its core budget for… More ▸

  • 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 ▸