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  • High Holiday Feature (9): Embracing the Arts As a Path Toward Spiritual Fulfillment

    Worshipers at High Holiday services might find something new this year: the arts. Poetry, storytelling, musical performances and dance will play a significant role in ushering in the Jewish new year. Indeed, a growing number of religious leaders across the country are finding that artistic expression heightens the religious experience. “It’s an emerging phenomenon,” says… More ▸

  • New Russian Jewish Groups Will Get Government Funding

    Russian Jewish groups are taking advantage of a new law to obtain government funding for communal activities. As a result of legislation passed by the Russian Parliament in May, minority groups across the country have won the right to form bodies known as local autonomies. The two Jewish autonomies formed here last week will deal… More ▸

  • King Seeks More Support for Normalizing Israeli Ties

    Jordan’s King Hussein has gone on the offensive against Hardline Jordanian groups opposed to normalizing ties with Israel. Hussein, in an effort to bolster support for the peace treaty he signed with Israel in October, this week invited members of the opposition from both houses of the Jordanian Parliament to meet with him. Hussein told… More ▸

  • Israeli Ballet to Perform in USSR

    The thaw in Soviet-Israel cultural relations continued with the announcement Monday that Israel’s Bat Dor ballet company will soon tour three cities in the Soviet Union. The dance group will give 13 performances in Moscow, Leningrad and Vilna beginning late in November, at the invitation of the Soyuz Union of Soviet Theaters. Bat Dor will… More ▸

  • Polish Defector Seeks Asylum

    Sygmond Ereneusz, the Polish dancer who defected at a folk dance festival in Haifa last week, has applied for political asylum in Israel. Ereneusz gave himself up to well-known prisoners’-rights activist Herut Lapid of Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar. Appearing with Lapid at a press conference in Tiberias Wednesday, Ereneusz denied that he defected to be with… More ▸

  • Polish Dancer Defects to Israel

    A non-Jewish member of a Polish dance troupe that performed in Israel has defected to the Jewish state. Zigmund Iriniash, 27, a member of the Slovianki folk dancers, who participated in an international folk-dance festival in Haifa this week, defected and remained in Israel when the troupe returned home Tuesday. Iriniash is believed to have… More ▸

  • JNF Responds to Worldwide Arab Propaganda Offensive

    The Jewish National Fund says it has become the target of a worldwide propaganda war against Israel. Moshe Rivlin, JNF chairman, himself encountered a raucous pro-Palestinian demonstration in Basel, Switzerland, he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Tuesday. He said Arab propagandists in the United States and Europe increasingly are focusing on JNF’s long history of… More ▸

  • Reservations over Israeli Policies Won’t Stop Ballet Troupe’s Performance

    Maurice Bejart and his world famous ballet company of Lausanne will be coming to perform in Israel this summer, despite strong reservations over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians in the administered territories. The 59-member dance group will present Bejart’s new ballet, “The Dybbuk,” at the Israel Festival. Bejart stated in large advertisements in Israeli newspapers… More ▸