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  • With Withdrawal Agenda Foiled, Olmert Turns to Political Reform

    Bereft of attractive foreign policy options and under attack for his handling of the war in Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert seems set to launch an ambitious domestic agenda that he hopes can bolster his flagging prestige. Signals are that the focus will be on reforming Israel’s unwieldy political system. If so, Avigdor Lieberman,… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Ukrainian Jewish Community Uses Remnants to Portray Past

    Jewish tombstones and abandoned cemeteries, the remains of once-vibrant Jewish communities, are scattered across Ukraine today. Few communities have managed to do what the Jews in this Crimean town have done: assemble a collection of these tombstones for a museum dedicated to the community’s history. During the German occupation of the Crimea in World War… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5766 September 2005

    JERUSALEM — Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians hold rallies calling for a return to peace talks and an end to violence in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Some 10,000 people attend the Ramallah rally and 7,000 assemble in Jerusalem. VIENNA — Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of Nazi death camps who went on to found an eponymous human… More ▸

  • Jewish Candidates Win Big in Primaries Across United States

    A slew of Jewish candidates got a pre-Rosh Hashanah blessing Tuesday in primaries across the United States. Two Jews won their bids to become the Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate — Ben Cardin in Maryland and Bernie Sanders in Vermont. In other statewide races, Democrats Eliot Spitzer won his primary for governor in New… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Small Community in Armenia Strives to Preserve Its Heritage

    A community of rural residents in the former Soviet Union, descended from Russian peasants who converted to Judaism two centuries ago, may soon be consigned to the dustbin of history. Mikhail Zharkov, the 76-year-old leader of Armenia’s tiny Subbotnik community, says only 13 of the 30,000 people living in his small alpine town of Sevan… More ▸

  • Reforming Europe Facts on the Ground for Europe’s Progressive Judaism

    The non-Orthodox movements in Europe go by several names — among them, progressive, Conservative, Liberal, and, of course, Reform. In terms of nomenclature, the United Kingdom is a special case, however. There, the denomination officially known as Reform Judaism resembles a blend of American-style Conservative and Reform streams. The British movement called Liberal Judaism is… More ▸

  • Reforming Europe Progressive Judaism Sees Rebirth on Continent Where It Was Spawned

    Sarah Rubenstein, an American fashion designer living in Florence, recalls with bemusement an incident she feels conveys the perception of Reform Judaism in Italy. A rabbi from her adopted synagogue, Shir Hadash, one of only three Reform congregations in Italy, was attending a Chanukah party incognito at the Great Synagogue of Florence last year. The… More ▸

  • Rabbi Hopes Military Chaplain Law in Russia Will Help Jewish Soldiers

    Rabbi Aaron Gurevich is doing something out of the ordinary for a Russian Jew: He’s helping to reintroduce a religious presence into the Russian military. Although the details are still being hashed out, the law would create a religious affairs department within Russia’s military structure, the head of which would be directly appointed by the… More ▸