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  • Around the Jewish World Conservative Inroads in Polish City Spark Concerns of Orthodox Leaders

    The recent Bat Mitzvah ceremony for two girls here marked a watershed for the second largest Jewish community in Poland. But the Conservative ceremony came amid controversy surrounding the non-Orthodox conversion of a group of Wroclaw Jews just before Yom Kippur. The controversy was part of an increasingly open conflict between community members embracing non-Orthodox… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Two girls celebrated their Bat Mitzvah in the historic White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw, Poland. Sunday’s joint ceremony was believed to be the first Conservative Bat Mitzvah celebrated in Poland. More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News 5762 Compiled by Max Heuer September 2001

    WASHINGTON — The United States invites Israel to participate in the international anti-terror coalition assembled by the White House following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. NEW YORK — in a statement faxed to Pakistani news organizations, Al-Qaida threatens Jews and Americans: “Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they… More ▸

  • Both Sides See Political Dimension to Trial of Palestinian Militia Leader

    When one of the Palestinians’ most popular figures goes on trial in Israel next month, the proceedings are likely to be filled with fiery charges and countercharges. Israeli officials are hoping that the trial of Palestinian militia leader Marwan Barghouti will prove that members of the Palestinian leadership have been directly involved in terrorism against… More ▸

  • Timeline of Terror Attacks Since the Beginning of the Year

    This week’s suicide bombings in Jerusalem are the latest of a long, deadly series of terror attacks launched by Palestinians against Israeli targets. Following is a timeline of some of the major attacks this year: Jan. 15, 2002 — Palestinian gunmen kidnap and then kill an elderly Israeli-American who drives into the Bethlehem area. Also… More ▸

  • Web Sites and Programs Help Israelis Hurt by Economic Crisis

    At one time, it seemed like an oxymoron to talk about an Israeli with good customer service skills. David Greenblatt hopes to change that. As CEO of Customer Service Management, a New Jersey-based customer service and telemarketing company, Greenblatt hopes to hire characteristically brash sabras in computer service centers he’s opening across Israel — and… More ▸

  • Reform Group Plans to Publish New Women’s Torah Commentary

    Amid a growing interest in Jewish women’s studies, a Reform group is commissioning what will be the most comprehensive women’s Torah commentary ever. Announced days before Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah, the book will be written entirely by women and is expected to take about five years to complete. Edited by… More ▸

  • Capture of Barghouti is Israeli Coup, but Some Fear Palestinian Retaliation

    There were some who saw an element of poetic justice in Israel’s capture of Palestinian militia leader Marwan Barghouti on the eve of Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers. Leader of the Fatah Party’s Tanzim militia, Barghouti, 42, has become a symbol — and coordinating force — of the Palestinian intifada against Israel, which has… More ▸