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  • 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 ▸

  • Call for Rival Jewish Agency Lacks Broad Political Support

    Calls to create an alternative Jewish Agency for Israel to represent the interests of Orthodox Jews are not gaining much support. Shas Party leader Aryeh Deri and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron have charged that the Jewish Agency is a bastion for the non-Orthodox movements and that its chairman, Avraham Burg, has displayed a preference… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israeli emissaries of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel stationed in America sent a letter to agency chairman Avraham Burg expressing their concern over the effect the religious pluralism crisis is having on Israel-Diaspora relations. The “Israeli government and her nationalist agencies should act unequivocally against” the phenomenon of “physical violence,… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Results of Zionist Elections Trigger Historic Shift in Power

    The battle for religious rights in Israel has triggered a historic shift in the power balance in the World Zionist Organization, the entity which gave birth to modern Zionism 100 years ago. Using religious pluralism as its rallying cry, the Reform movement’s Zionist arm captured 47.7 percent of the vote in the elections for the… More ▸

  • Brother of Netanyahu’s Rival May Seek Jewish Agency Chair

    The brother of a former minister who resigned after a well-publicized dispute with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged as a possible candidate for the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Netanyahu, however, was apparently less than enthusiastic about the nomination when three of the Likud Party’s coalition partners informed him last week… More ▸