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  • On Their Island Paradise, Tahitian Jews Make Do

    Bright morning sunlight illuminates the synagogue floor as Francois Yonah Poul sits alone in a dark corner wrapped in a tallit and tefillin. Praying in the Quarter Fariipiti of the bustling port city of Papeete, the 48-year-old Poul is among those trying to keep the Jewish community alive on this exotic, 400-square-mile island in the… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • Growing Evangelical Movement Finding New Ways to Proselytize

    An arctic blast has emptied the streets of the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, yet inside the Living Springs Family Center, a storefront Pentecostal church with stamped-tin ceilings, the space heaters are cranked up. So is the music, an upbeat gospel heavy on guitar and electric keyboard. Thirty Caribbean immigrants belting out Psalm 113… More ▸

  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jews should not be granted automatic citizenship under the Law of Return, an Israeli Cabinet member said. Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit made the comments Tuesday at the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. “I’d like to see that [the immigrant] is not a criminal, that he’s learning Hebrew, that he’s here for five… More ▸

  • Israel’s Arabs Work to Undermine the Jewish Character of the State

    Like the rest of my circle of Israelis who have seen war as kids and soldiers, and then as undergraduates attended peace rallies before establishing families and joining the middle class, I also assumed that Israel’s Arabs were part of the solution. We met them on campus, in classes and the dorms, and they seemed… More ▸

  • Israel Sending Aliyah Emissaries Despite Objections by German Jews

    Despite objections by two major German organizations, Israel will send two emissaries to Germany in an effort to beef up its outreach to 200,000 Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants there. Representatives from Nativ, a government-run group, will head to Germany in September, the Israeli Cabinet decided Sunday. However, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel’s new interior minister urged a major reform of immigration law. Meir Sheetrit, who took over the Interior Ministry this month as part of a Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said in a weekend newspaper interview that current Israeli immigration policies are too porous and thus threaten the country’s Jewish majority. “In the… More ▸

  • German Jewry Fights ‘hostile Takeover’ from an Israeli Government Group

    German Jewish leaders are considering turning to government officials in Berlin for protection against what they see as a destabilizing threat from a group run by the Israeli government. At issue is the future of Nativ, founded as an arm of Israeli intelligence in the early 1950s to serve as a covert liaison to Jewish… More ▸

  • Fears of Major Budget Cuts Have FSU Jewish School Heads Sweating

    A feared $1 million slash in the Jewish Agency for Israel’s budget for Jewish schools in the former Soviet Union would seriously impact non-Orthodox educational options, local leaders are saying. According to sources in Jerusalem and Moscow, the Jewish Agency will decide later this month whether to cut 40 percent of its annual $2.5 million… More ▸