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  • U.S. Folds Up ‘road Map,’ Blaming the Palestinians

    Now that the “road map” peace plan has failed him, President Bush may be ready to ask for directions. The Bush administration is quietly folding up the Israeli-Palestinian road map, the U.S.-led peace plan that neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis seem willing to follow. In recent statements, top Bush officials have made it clear… More ▸

  • As Birthrighters Visit Israel, Worried About Program’s Future

    On the stage where Yitzhak Rabin gave his final speech, young American Midwesterners and Israeli students from the Galilee sit together talking about where they were the night the Israeli prime minister was assassinated. Clustered in a semicircle, the Midwesterners — participants of birthright israel — listen raptly as their Israeli peers tell of the… More ▸

  • Yoffie Calls for Greater Links Among Reform Jews

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone. That was the message at the Reform movement’s 67th biennial here last week. Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe, and fight anti-Semitism by forging closer ties to Christians, said the movement’s president, Rabbi… More ▸

  • Progress on Falash Mura Seen Closer As Advocates and Israeli Officials Meet

    Increased pressure from American Jewish organizational officials is driving preliminary talks on a new deal to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel before famine takes a heavy toll on the community remaining in Ethiopia. Coming on the eve of a federation-sponsored trip to Ethiopia, federation leaders, advocates for Ethiopian Jews, representatives of Jewish humanitarian… More ▸

  • Funding Hate [part 1] Anti-Israel Activists at Durban Were Funded by Ford Foundation

    In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that participants hoped would address racial injustice plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States. But after more than a year of preparatory conferences held in Iran, Switzerland, Chile, France… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5763 September 2002

    TEL AVIV — The trial of Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian militia leader accused of orchestrating terrorist attacks that left scores of Israelis dead, opens in a Tel Aviv court. MONTREAL Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a speech at Montreal’s Concordia University after pro-Palestinian rioters wreak havoc. Police fire tear gas as protesters throw… More ▸

  • Education, Not Farming, is Key for Israel’s Newest Kibbutzniks

    If a host of new collectivist projects are any indication, the death of the Israeli kibbutz has been greatly exaggerated. Young Israelis fresh out of the army now are engaged in a revival of that unique Israeli invention — the collective farm — almost in the same way as were the first Jewish settlers in… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbinical Assembly to Launch Survey on Women Rabbis

    Are women rabbis hitting the stained-glass ceiling? That’s one of the questions to be asked in a new study by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which is undertaking the first study of Conservative women rabbis since the movement began ordaining them in 1985, JTA has learned. “Overall in society, it’s clear that women’s advancement in… More ▸