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  • 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 ▸

  • Hadassah Honors a ‘giant’ Figure in the World of American Zionism

    Hadassah honors a `giant’ figure in the world of American Zionism Ask 20 people to name the greatest living Zionist leaders, and Charlotte Jacobson will top the list. So posits Marlene Post, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to explain why the organization has broken with tradition in bestowing on one… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Seeking $60 Million Emergency Aid

    Reeling under a mountain of debt, the Jewish Agency for Israel has turned to North American Jewry for emergency assistance. At a closed-door meeting in Washington this week, Jewish Agency leaders implored top officials of about a dozen large federations to send an emergency advance of $60 million to the organization whose historical mission has… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Salai Meridor was elected treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meridor, who is also slated to become chairman of the agency in 2000, is the former head of the Settlement Division of the World Zionist Organization. Meridor will oversee the agency’s $400 million annual budget. This budget represents a $15 million cut, which the… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Reform Leader Leads Call for a Redefining of Zionism

    The leader of Reform Judaism in America exhorted the Zionist movement this week to rethink its target audience and focus its energies on synagogue congregants, rather than continuing to rely on the Jewish fund-raising establishment in the United States. While Jewish federations are “elite organizations by definition,” it is “the synagogue that is the grass… More ▸

  • Uzi Narkiss, a Central Figure in Liberating Jerusalem, Dies

    The commander of Israeli troops that unified Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War has died at the age of 72. Reserve Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who died in Jerusalem last week, had an army career that dated back to the days of the Palmach, the elite commando units of the Haganah, which was the precursor… More ▸

  • Israelis See Internet As Means to Promote Jewish Community

    For months, thousands of people around the Jewish world have been taking part in a “Virtual Zionist Congress” over the Internet. Some of them will be here for the 33rd Zionist Congress, scheduled from Dec. 23-Dec. 26, where they will convert their discussions and resolutions from “virtual” to “real.” After the congress ends, they will… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel approved a new structure that will streamline the agency’s bureaucracy and operations. The agency hopes to save money by combining administrative functions with those of the World Zionist Organization. More ▸