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  • Breaking with Tradition Ajcongress Urges U.S. Jews to Participate in Israel’s Debate on How to Achie

    The American Jewish Congress released a policy statement late Monday endorsing an international conference for Middle East peace to serve as the framework for direct Israeli-Arab negotiations. The matter has split Israel’s unity coalition government along party lines: Labor favors the conference scenario, Likud is adamantly opposed. The AJCongress statement clearly favors the position of… More ▸

  • Closing of PLO Office Applauded

    The Reagan Administration’s decision to close the Washington information office of the Palestine Liberation Organization was enthusiastically applauded Wednesday by Morris Abram, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The State Department announced late Tuesday that it has ordered the office be closed within 30 days. The order does not effect… More ▸

  • New York City Council Votes to Close PLO Offices in the U.s

    The City Council has voted unanimously to endorse legislation which is pending in both houses of Congress designed to close PLO offices in New York and Washington. The resolution, which the Council adopted earlier this month, was co-authored by Council President Andrew Stein and the Zionist Organization of America. Based on legal research provided by… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Labor Party Sources Confident Their Man Will Win Top Zionist Post

    Akiva Lewinsky, nominated unanimously by the Labor Party Central Committee last week as Labor’s candidate for the chairmanship of the world Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, “is virtually certain of election” at the 31st World Zionist Congress to be held here in December, according to Labor Party sources. They base their confidence mainly on… More ▸

  • Parties Espousing Religious Pluralism Gain in Zionist Congress Elections

    Results of the American elections to the World Zionist Congress indicate a substantial victory for Zionist parties promoting religious pluralism in Israel and losses for all traditional parties except Friends of Labor Israel. Two parties running on the platform of religious pluralism — MERCAZ, the newly formed organization for Conservative Judaism; and ARZA, the Association… More ▸

  • Orthodox Groups Tell Jewish Agency to Stay out of Law of Return Issue

    The heads of five major Orthodox groups in the U.S. have accused the Jewish Agency of applying unwarranted pressure on Premier Yitzhak Shamir to refrain from initiating legislation that would affect the status of non-Orthodox conversions in Israel. In a letter to Jerold Hoffberger of Baltimore, chairman of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, the… More ▸

  • 23 U.S. Jewish Organizations Urge Shamir to Spurn Deal Amending Law of Return

    The leaders of 23 national Jewish organizations protested vigorously to Israel government leaders and key members of the Knesset this week against any political deal that would give the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate of Israel sole authority to determine the validity of conversions to Judaism performed outside Israel. A cabled message warning that such a move… More ▸

  • Election of Delegates to the Zionist Congress is Under Way

    Close to a million ballots were mailed within the last week to members of American Zionist organizations to elect delegates to the 31st World Zionist Congress which will open in Jerusalem on December 7, it was announced here by the American Zionist Federation (AZF), the umbrella group for all the Zionist membership organizations in the… More ▸

  • Black South African Women Inspired by a Tour of Israel

    A move to improve relations with South Africa’s Black community was undertaken recently by NA’AMAT and the Afro-Asian Institute of Histadrut. From all indications, the effort was successful. Thirty-one representatives of the Organization of Black South African Women, an umbrella group encompassing five organizations, came to Israel as the guests of the two Israeli organizations… More ▸