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  • British Jews Charge That Coverage of Mideast Violence is Unfair to Israel

    As clashes between Israel and the Palestinians continue for a sixth month, many Jews in the United Kingdom are concerned that Israel is not getting a fair hearing in the British press. The Guardian newspaper has been the subject of the harshest criticism, but another daily newspaper, The Independent, and the BBC have also raised… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A coalition of American Zionist organizations has lost one of its largest members. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which has 300,000 members and is best known for its hospitals in Israel, is pulling out of the American Zionist Movement. Hadassah leaders declined to elaborate on the reasons, saying only that the AZM “no… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The World Zionist Organization launched a campaign against Austria, calling on Jewish groups not to negotiate Holocaust-era restitution with the new government in Vienna. “After years of stonewalling on the issue,” the Austrian government, which includes the far-right Freedom Party, “has suddenly agreed to sit down with representatives of the Jewish world,” the WZO said… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Austria Set to Talk Restitution, but Some Jews Balk at the Idea

    After years of failing to address the issue of Holocaust restitution, Austria’s new government says it wants to quickly enter negotiations with survivors and Jewish groups to settle outstanding claims. However, some in the Jewish world see this sudden change of heart as an attempt to dampen the criticism of the governing coalition. The government… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Zionists Who Stay in Russia Seek Acceptance from WZO

    The Russian Zionist movement has taken a step toward becoming a permanent force in Russian Jewish life — and not one solely dedicated to encouraging Jews to make aliyah. At a recent meeting here, several dozen delegates from throughout Russia gathered at a hotel to form an umbrella group called the Zionist Federation of Russia…. More ▸

  • Russian Jews Can Now Study Hebrew in the Light After Decades of Darkness

    Some 30 years ago, Soviet Jews began learning Hebrew underground. In the past decade, the study of Hebrew in Russia has made its way to the surface — as the use of Hebrew by all the presenters at a recent conference here makes clear. The conference of The World Union for Hebrew, a program of… More ▸

  • Year in Review Feature (1): a Chronology of Jewish News in 5755

    NEW YORK – The Council of Jewish Federations issues a report advocating federations to engage the intermarried in communal life and community services. JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sign an accord transferring jurisdiction in several key areas to the Palestinian Authority. JERUSALEM – Israel creates a diplomatic storm when a Pakistani ambassador is denied… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Outlines New Vision, Rejects Latest Calls for Its Dissolution

    Just as the Jewish Agency for Israel was outlining a new vision for its future, Israeli legislators were offering motions in the Knesset questioning whether the agency should have a future at all. The Jewish Agency’s annual assembly closed on June 23, having ratified in principle a strategic plan that broadens its traditional mission of… More ▸

  • Tu B’Shevat Affords Opportunity to Share Political and Spiritual Tastes

    The holiday of Tu B’Shevat which we celebrate on Feb. 1 this year is a time when many Jews gather for a special Tu B’Shevat seder, celebrating the renewal of the land of Israel and its first fruits. The seder includes four cups of wine: The first is white wine, symbolizing winter, when seeds and… More ▸