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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    The chairman of the World Zionist Organization presented Israeli President Moshe Katsav with a new edition of Theodor Herzl’s diaries. The ceremony involving Sallai Meridor and other high-ranking members of the WZO took place Wednesday as part of ceremonies marking the anniversary of Herzl’s death. More ▸

  • Sephardi Jews to Sue Arab League to Counter Palestinian Refugee Claims

    Jews who once made their homes in Arab nations are planning to sue the Arab League for lost and stolen property. Some 800,000 Jews fled Arab lands in the aftermath of Israel’s creation — roughly the same number of Palestinians who became refugees in the wake of Israel’s War of Independence. Their claims are regarded… More ▸

  • World Zionist Congress to Tackle Difficult Issue of Defining Israel

    When Jews from around the world gather in Jerusalem next week for the 34th World Zionist Congress, their presence will be seen as an expression of unity and solidarity with the embattled Jewish state. Yet one of the major challenges will be to bridge the gaps of the various parties and forge consensus over how… More ▸

  • Religious Streams Claim Victory in Latest American Zionist Elections

    The three major religious streams have emerged as the clear victors in the American Zionist elections to the World Zionist Congress — with the Reform movement once again leading the pack. Although participation declined by nearly 20,000 from the last elections in 1997, close to 90,000 Jews cast their ballots. The only elected body of… More ▸

  • Obituary Claims Conference Leader Israel Miller Dies at Age 83

    Rabbi Israel Miller, a longtime Jewish communal leader who most recently was head of the Claims Conference, died at his Jerusalem home Thursday after a long illness. He was 83. A passionate advocate for the interests of Holocaust survivors, Miller had served as president of the Claims Conference, a central organization that dealt with restitution… More ▸

  • South Africans Remember Massacre with Call for Sanctions Against Israel

    Several organizations are calling on South Africa to couple its annual commemoration of a 1961 massacre of blacks with support for “human rights in Palestine” and sanctions against Israel. Muslim groups from around the country have been joined in these calls by leading political parties and trade unions, as well as some Jews and a… More ▸

  • Rabbis Worry Court Ruling Will Spur Divisiveness in Israel

    They don’t agree on whether Israel’s High Court ruling on conversions this week was a good one. But Reform, Conservative and Orthodox leaders in the United States do seem to agree that with Israel locked in a cycle of violence with the Palestinians, now is not the time for a protracted and divisive Knesset battle… More ▸