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  • Russian Jews Can Now Study Hebrew in the Light After Decades of Darkness

    Some 30 years ago, Soviet Jews began learning Hebrew underground. In the past decade, the study of Hebrew in Russia has made its way to the surface — as the use of Hebrew by all the presenters at a recent conference here makes clear. The conference of The World Union for Hebrew, a program of… More ▸

  • Year in Review Feature (1): a Chronology of Jewish News in 5755

    NEW YORK – The Council of Jewish Federations issues a report advocating federations to engage the intermarried in communal life and community services. JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sign an accord transferring jurisdiction in several key areas to the Palestinian Authority. JERUSALEM – Israel creates a diplomatic storm when a Pakistani ambassador is denied… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Outlines New Vision, Rejects Latest Calls for Its Dissolution

    Just as the Jewish Agency for Israel was outlining a new vision for its future, Israeli legislators were offering motions in the Knesset questioning whether the agency should have a future at all. The Jewish Agency’s annual assembly closed on June 23, having ratified in principle a strategic plan that broadens its traditional mission of… More ▸

  • Tu B’Shevat Affords Opportunity to Share Political and Spiritual Tastes

    The holiday of Tu B’Shevat which we celebrate on Feb. 1 this year is a time when many Jews gather for a special Tu B’Shevat seder, celebrating the renewal of the land of Israel and its first fruits. The seder includes four cups of wine: The first is white wine, symbolizing winter, when seeds and… More ▸

  • Hadassah Honors a ‘giant’ Figure in the World of American Zionism

    Hadassah honors a `giant’ figure in the world of American Zionism Ask 20 people to name the greatest living Zionist leaders, and Charlotte Jacobson will top the list. So posits Marlene Post, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to explain why the organization has broken with tradition in bestowing on one… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Seeking $60 Million Emergency Aid

    Reeling under a mountain of debt, the Jewish Agency for Israel has turned to North American Jewry for emergency assistance. At a closed-door meeting in Washington this week, Jewish Agency leaders implored top officials of about a dozen large federations to send an emergency advance of $60 million to the organization whose historical mission has… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Salai Meridor was elected treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meridor, who is also slated to become chairman of the agency in 2000, is the former head of the Settlement Division of the World Zionist Organization. Meridor will oversee the agency’s $400 million annual budget. This budget represents a $15 million cut, which the… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Reform Leader Leads Call for a Redefining of Zionism

    The leader of Reform Judaism in America exhorted the Zionist movement this week to rethink its target audience and focus its energies on synagogue congregants, rather than continuing to rely on the Jewish fund-raising establishment in the United States. While Jewish federations are “elite organizations by definition,” it is “the synagogue that is the grass… More ▸

  • Uzi Narkiss, a Central Figure in Liberating Jerusalem, Dies

    The commander of Israeli troops that unified Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War has died at the age of 72. Reserve Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who died in Jerusalem last week, had an army career that dated back to the days of the Palmach, the elite commando units of the Haganah, which was the precursor… More ▸