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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸