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Layoff of Veteran Leader in L.A. Sparks Talk of a Split in Federation

By Nacha Cattan

Los Angeles’s Jewish federation’s sudden move to lay off the top professional of its public-affairs division, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, has sparked outrage and talk of a committee secession from the federation.Citing budget woes, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles eliminated the executive director positionRead More


Key Statistics Reported in Jewish Population Study

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 found an overall American Jewish population of 5.2 million, which it contrasted with the 5.5 million population figure found in the last population survey in 1990. The new survey’s appendix cautioned, however, that several methodological decisions could have resulted in an undercount in the new…Read More


New Population Survey Retracts Intermarriage Figure

By Nacha Cattan

The long-awaited National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 sent shockwaves through the Jewish community this week by retracting the single most hotly debated number in American Jewish life, the 52% intermarriage rate.The figure, first published in the National Jewish Population Survey 1990, has become conventional wisdom in public discussionRead More


Rival Orthodox Parties Battle Over Army Exemptions

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tensions are mounting between Israel’s two leading Orthodox parties after Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef suggested it is acceptable to kill members of the rival National Religious Party who criticize army exemptions for yeshiva students.While Yosef has a long history of making incendiary remarks, last week’sRead More


Sharansky Set To Take Heat On Campus Speaking Tour

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In an effort to reinforce students’ Jewish identities and bolster Israel’s standing on North American college campuses, Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky is embarking next week on a whirlwind campus speaking tour.Believed to be the first time an Israeli minister has embarked on an extensive tour of NorthRead More


Mel Gibson Movie Fuels Excitement Among Hollywood’s Christian Filmmakers

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — With Jewish groups warning that Mel Gibson’s graphic film about the death of Jesus could resurrect charges of Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion, some in Hollywood appear to be spooked. Despite the movie’s rave reviews from prominent Christian conservatives, 20th Century Fox, which has the option of first refusalRead More


Sale of Arrow Missile Systems Put on Hold

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In response to negative reactions from the Bush administration, Israel is putting off attempts to sell the Arrow missile-defense systems to India.Pro-Israel lobbyists have recently raised the issue with senior officials at the State and Defense departments and congressional staffers, according to Jewish activists in Washington, asRead More


Journalist Investigates Rise of Neo-Nazi ‘Little Hitlers’

By Max Gross

Several years ago, journalist Elinor Langer was on an airplane preparing for a lecture she was about to give about the death of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant murdered by skinheads in Portland, Ore., in 1989.As Langer began shuffling through pictures and cartoons that the police had seized from the house of one of theRead More


Greeting Sharon, Indian PM Talks Israel

NEW DELHI — With Prime Minister Sharon this week becoming the first Israeli leader to visit India, a mantra has been chanted back and forth in Jerusalem and New Delhi: “India and Israel — two countries that share challenges and values, the only two democracies in their regions. Both countries face dictatorships that sponsorRead More


Newsdesk September 5, 2003

Crash Victims Plan SuitRelatives of passengers on the Libyan jetliner shot down by Israeli fighters in 1973 say they intend to demand financial compensation from Israel equivalent to the sums Libya has agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie disaster, according to an Egyptian report quoted in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.TheRead More


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