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  • Reform Launches Groundbreaking Campaign to Encourage Immigration to Israel

    Crowning an evolution decades in the making, the Reform movement has formed a groundbreaking partnership with a quasi-governmental Israeli agency to encourage immigration to the Jewish state. On Monday, the movement launched a three-city U.S. tour to encourage Reform Jews to move to Modi’in, a modern Israeli city of 70,000 with a sizable Anglo-immigrant community…. More ▸

  • From Challah Sales to Jewtube, Young Innovators Cook Up Fresh Ideas

    When Eli Winkelman first had the idea of transforming her weekly challah sale at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., into a charity benefiting Sudanese refugees, she thought it would be a cool way to sell a few extra peanut-butter loaves. Winkelman never thought the idea would galvanize hundreds of students to write letters to their… More ▸

  • Children of Intermarriages Fight for Right to Be ‘half-jews’

    The Jewish world has a problem with the way Renee Kaplan defines herself: half-Jewish. Kaplan, a television producer in her mid-30s, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother who was raised Jewish. “I ve had endlessly to defend my half-Jewishness resist rabbis who wanted to convert me, resent Jewish men who… More ▸

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    Hosni Mubarak denied that a retired Egyptian intelligence officer who fell to his death in Britain had spied for Israel. The Egyptian president came out Monday against claims by former Israeli intelligence chiefs that the late Ashraf Marwan had warned Jerusalem ahead of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. “I have no doubts whatsoever about the… More ▸

  • JTA Series on Unrwa Wins Top Jewish Journalism Award

    JTA earned six journalism awards at last week’s gathering of the American Jewish Press Association in San Francisco. The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, established in 1980, recognizes outstanding journalism in 14 categories. For the fourth year in a row, JTA took top honors in the investigative reporting category with a five-part… More ▸

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    Britain’s new prime minister appointed Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger to his Cabinet. Neuberger will advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues relating to the voluntary sector, especially in the arena of public health services, the area on which she speaks for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. The appointment was announced over the… More ▸

  • Israeli Fashion Designers Draw Attention to the Plight of ‘chained’ Wives

    Some “agunot” recently saw their plights modeled up and down a fashion runway. Twenty of Israel’s top fashion designers paired with these “chained women” those refused a Jewish divorce, or get, by their husbands in accordance with Jewish law to design dresses embodying their private struggles. Pop singers, models, actresses and other high-profile Israeli celebrities… More ▸

  • Second Bush Veto of Stem Cell Funding Leaves Proponents Grasping for Strategy

    In the wake of President Bush’s second veto of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, Jewish groups are struggling for a new strategy to advance the issue. “We have to regroup and rethink the strategy; we’ve done everything we can do,” said June Walker, the president of Hadassah, which led lobbying for the funding…. More ▸

  • News Brief

    An online poll conducted by progressive Jewish Web sites showed health care to be the top domestic political priority. The poll, coordinated by Jewish Funds for Justice, listed 10 issues and asked respondents to pick the five most important. The top five were, in order: health care, the environment, education, civil rights, and wages. The… More ▸