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  • For Students, Dog Days of Summer Give Way to Israel Advocacy Training

    Summer for students once meant lazy days for swimming, reading or playing sports. But for many of today’s Jewish youth, summer is a key time for rigorous training in Israel advocacy and Jewish leadership. Since the start of the Palestinian intifada nearly five years ago, scores of Jewish groups rolled out or beefed up programs… More ▸

  • As Ethiopians Plan for Aliyah, Israel Hasn’t Found Money for It

    Though tens of thousands of Ethiopians are anticipating making aliyah, little has been done in Israel to prepare for their move. Officials estimate that it will cost some $23 million for the immigration of about 20,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose Jewish ancestors converted to Christianity but who have since returned to Judaism. Beginning next month,… More ▸

  • Pro-israel College Activists Quietly Successful on Campus

    Parents are frightened, defense organizations are sounding the alarm, and community-based activists are in a state of near apoplexy over the alleged dominance of anti-Israel forces on American college campuses. In the past few years, however, there has been a quiet revolution in pro-Israel campus advocacy — supported by such mainstream organizations as AIPAC, Hillel,… More ▸

  • With Tourism to Israel Reviving, Official Reaches out to Non-jews

    Missions to Israel are a staple of Jewish organizational life, but when Pepe Barreto leads a group tour there in the near future it will represent something new. Barreto is the most popular talk-show host on Spanish-language radio in Los Angeles and a major player in a new drive to boost travel to Israel by… More ▸

  • Irish Jewish Academic Explains Why His Country is So Anti-israel

    There’s an old joke in Ireland about the man in Belfast who, when asked his religion, answers simply that he is Jewish. “That’s fine,” his questioner replies. “But are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?” Though the joke appears to be aimed at Belfast tribalism, its real target is Irish parochialism — the… More ▸

  • Poll of U.S. and British Views on Israel Suggests Ways to Spin

    Publicizing Israel’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip may hold the key to winning public support for the Jewish state, according to a new survey. In the post-Yasser Arafat era, Americans generally still side with Israel, considered a like-minded ally, and show hostility toward the Palestinians, according to The Israel Project, a group working… More ▸

  • Coalition Asks State Department to Downgrade Travel Warning to Israel

    In a new campaign, a group called Caravan for Democracy is asking the U.S. State Department to reconsider its warning against travel to Israel. As a result of the warning to Americans planning trips to Israel, updated with more severe language in the spring of 2002, nearly all of the more than 100 U.S. colleges… More ▸

  • Survey: with Terrorism Down, So Are U.S. Jewish Ties to Israel

    Palestinian terror during the intifada led to an increase in U.S. Jews’ attachment to Israel, but now that the violence is subsiding, that attachment appears to be decreasing as well. That’s according to a new survey conducted by one of the leading demographers of Jewish life. “We know that 2002 was an unusual year of… More ▸