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  • 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 ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Emigration Figures Gladden Two Jewish Organizations

    Two national Jewish organizations said Wednesday they were heartened by reports from Moscow that 400 Jews will have been allowed to leave the Soviet Union by the end of March, but stressed their reservations over whether this “welcome step” signified a meaningful change of policy or a gesture aimed at improving the Soviet image. Alan… More ▸

  • Hadassah Leaders Press USSR to Free Ida Nudel

    Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, pressed the Soviet Union Monday to permit Jewish activist and refusenik Ida Nudel to emigrate to Israel. Three thousand Hadassah leaders, here to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary, endorsed a statement adopted by the Hadassah National Board urging that the Soviets allow Nudel “to achieve her dream and… More ▸

  • Funding Israel Outside Established Channels Attacked by Zionist Assembly

    The American Zionist Federation (AZF) biennial convention here last week unanimously passed a resolution deploring allocation of Jewish community funds outside established channels. The measure obviously was a reaction to the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s (JCF) recent decision to bypass the Jewish Agency by allocating $100,000 directly to projects in Israel — even though… More ▸

  • Solon Says U.S. Aid to Israel is ‘a Highly Productive Bargain’

    America’s assistance to Israel is “a highly productive bargain,” according to Sen. Larry Pressler (R. SD). “One outstanding and less appreciated fact” is the tremendous return the U.S. obtains from its small economic and security assistance contribution to Israel, he told some 600 people at the annual New York Regions Dinner of the Zionist Organization… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Milton Shapiro of Great Neck, NY, was elected Sunday to a two-year term as president of the Zionist Organization of America, succeeding Alleck Resnick. More ▸