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  • Aid Request for 8,000 Falash Mura Prompts Concern of Endless Aliyah

    Just when it seemed Israel was on the verge of bringing mass Ethiopian aliyah to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian Israeli advocacy groups is demanding that Jewish aid services in Ethiopia be extended to an additional 8,000 people. The demand was made in a Jan. 3 letter by an umbrella group of Ethiopian Israeli… More ▸

  • A Difficult Time Becomes Harder: Intermarrieds Seek Burial Options

    Rob Berman didn’t know where to bury his 51-year-old wife, Kathleen, when she died suddenly in September 2005. Berman is Jewish and the Newton, Mass., couple raised their three children as Jews, but his Catholic wife never converted. When they married 25 years ago, Berman already had a plot in a nearby Jewish cemetery, but… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency, Hillel Partnering for College-age Jews in the FSU

    In an effort to end overlap between the two groups, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the Jewish Agency are joining forces to form one combined organization serving college-age Jews in the former Soviet Union. The new arrangement also will allow Hillel to move onto college campuses, where it can reach out to… More ▸

  • Conservative Day Schools to Debate Admitting Children of Non-jewish Moms

    The Conservative movement’s Solomon Schechter day schools are considering changing their bylaws to admit the children of non-Jewish mothers, JTA has learned. The 76 Schechter schools in the United States and Canada officially only admit children who are Jewish according to the Conservative movement’s interpretation of Jewish law, which means children born to a Jewish… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi proposed denying automatic citizenship to Jewish converts. Rabbi Shlomo Amar said Tuesday that the Law of Return, which currently grants immigrant converts the right to become naturalized Israeli citizens, should be amended. “Jewish law is very clear on this: There is only one form of conversion,” Amar told Israel Radio, referring… More ▸

  • Institute’s Initial Report Shows Challenges for Each Denomination

    A report on who joins American synagogues and why is the first piece of research to emerge from the newly created S3K Synagogue Studies Institute. Prepared by sociologist Steven Cohen of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, the report was released Friday. It uses data from the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study… More ▸

  • New Online Group Aims to Gather 600,000 Virtual Jews on Facebook

    Are 600,000 virtual Jews just as good as the real thing? Yeshiva University senior Evan Lyman says yes, sort of, but his quest to create an online community has raised halachic questions that were inconceivable before the Digital Age. Lyman, 21, of Livingston, N.J., created the online Facebook group, "600,000 Jews." Facebook is a popular… More ▸