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  • After Debate, Claims Conference Votes to Continue Education Funding

    The main Holocaust reparations organization is standing fast in its policy of using some restitution money to pay for Holocaust education, despite calls to spend all of the funds on needy survivors. The 57-member board of directors of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany voted unanimously Tuesday to continue spending 20 percent from… More ▸

  • JDC Deflects Criticism of Ads Raising Money for Hungry Israelis

    The passage of an Israeli government resolution criticizing fund raising that depicts Israelis as poor and hungry has outraged one of American Jewry’s chief charities. Steven Schwager, executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, sent a memo to federation leaders and the JDC’s own board of directors Wednesday, rejecting the notion that… More ▸

  • Argentine Journalists Struggle to Keep Pro-israel Publication Open

    In the meager spare time Maximiliano Borches has between days spent as the librarian of a Jewish day school here and nights rocking his newborn baby back to sleep, this 28-year-old is working on a now-endangered project. Borches is the director of Horizonte, Horizon, in English, a new, bimonthly free publication sponsored by the Hagshama… More ▸

  • Obituary Jews Recall Moynihan As an Ally on Israel, Fight for Soviet Jewry

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan once received a $1,000 political contribution from a woman who wrote that she would have doubled the amount if only Moynihan would spend less time speaking out against the infamous “Zionism Equals Racism” resolution in the United Nations. Moynihan, who had been U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sent the check back,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Carole Solomon will become the new chair of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, according to informed sources. Solomon, chair of the Campaign/Financial Resource Development Pillar of the United Jewish Communities, emerged as the choice during meetings of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors in Jerusalem. Solomon was approved unanimously Sunday… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Disagreement All in the Family at German Jewish Youth Forum

    Gabriel Wolff, an Israeli conscientious objector, froze in mid-sentence. Rabbi Jacov Ebert was shouting: “How dare you blaspheme our people, our country? I can’t hear this anymore!” The roomful of Jewish students fell uncharacteristically silent. Participants in the recent Winter University of the Union of Jewish Students in Germany, they had been listening — many… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency to Reconsider Budget Cuts to Liberal Streams

    Amid protests from Conservative and Reform leaders in the United States, Jewish Agency for Israel officials will reconsider budget cuts to the Israeli branches of the liberal movements. The Jewish Agency had proposed slicing some 18 percent off each movement’s nearly $2 million allocation from the agency’s $320 million total budget, liberal movement leaders said…. More ▸

  • At Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture at Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸