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  • 300 American Zionists Attending World Congress

    Three hundred American Zionists are attending the 30th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem which began tonight and will conclude December 16, it was reported by the American Zionist Federation (AZF). The delegation officially represents 1.1 million registered Zionists from 13 parties, all of which are constituent members of the AZF, the body designated by the… More ▸

  • Libby Klaperman, Dead at 60

    Libby Klaperman, author, writer and educator on Jewish history and religion, died Friday, after a long illness. She was 60 years old. The author of a number of children’s books, including novels and books on religious subjects, Klaperman wrote a four volume history, “The Story of the Jewish People,” published in collaboration with her husband,… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders, Shocked by Assassination Try, Back Israel

    Shocked by the attempted assassination last Thursday of Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, representatives of leading Jewish organizations rallied support behind Israel’s military operation in south Lebanon designed to push Palestinian terrorist forces beyond artillery and rocket range of Israel’s northern settlements. Maxwell Greenberg, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, said… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Applaud Begin’s Attack on Reagan Administration

    Prominent Jewish leaders today applauded Israeli Premier Menachem Begin’s sharp statement Sunday in which he excoriated the Reagan Administration for its suspension of the recently signed memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. In a telegram to Begin, Howard Squadron, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,… More ▸

  • Reagan Praises Sadat As a Man Who Was Not Afraid to Make Peace

    President Regan, praising the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as a “humanitarian unafraid to make peace,” said that the American people were “horrified” by the “cowardly” murder of the Egyptian President. “America has lost a close friend, the world has lost a great statesman, mankind has lost a champion of peace,” Reagan declared as he… More ▸

  • Awacs Sale Evokes Criticism

    The Reagan Administration’s formal notification yesterday to Congress of the proposal to sell Saudi Arabia five AWACS reconnaissance planes and other sophisticated weaponry evoked criticism from Congressional leaders, the Israel Embassy and American Jewish leaders. “The position of Israel is well known,” a spokesman for the Israel Embassy said yesterday following the announcement by Undersecretary… More ▸

  • Jewish Religious and Lay Leaders Condemn Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul Ii

    American Jewish religious and lay leaders spoke with one voice today in condemning the assassination attempt yesterday on Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. In statements released here they deplored violence and terrorism rampant in the world and wished the Pontiff a swift and full recovery from the wounds he suffered. The would-be killer,… More ▸

  • U.S. Air Force Official Says U.S. Permanently Committed to Israel

    U.S. Air Force Undersecretary Antonia Handler Chayes declared here that the construction by the United States of Israel Air Force bases in the Negev to replace the bases Israel gave up in the Sinai as part of the Camp David accords is a “tangible sign of the permanence of the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.”… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Disappointed and Disillusioned with the U.S. Abstention on UN Jerusalem Measure

    Leaders of American Jewish organizations today expressed their disappointment and disillusionment with the United States for obtaining rather than vetoing the United Nations Security Council resolution on Jerusalem. Some noted that while the resolution stopped short of calling for an economic boycott of Israel, it was the first to embody some form of punishment against… More ▸

  • Tillie Mehler Dead at 83

    A funeral service was held today for Tillie Mehler who died yesterday at her home in Manhattan at the age of 83. Born Tillie Greenbaum on the Lower East Side she was a founder of the Passover Relief fund that for more than 25 years distributed tons of holiday food for poor New York Jews…. More ▸