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February 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The head of the agency primarily responsible for organizing the immigration of Jews to Israel stepped down after prosecutors charged him with fraud, breach of trust and fraudulent receipt of goods. Jewish Agency chairman Simcha Dinitz was accused of running up thousands of dollars of personal charges on an agency credit card. "I am innocent beyond any shadow of a doubt," said Dinitz, also a senior member of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's Labor Party.
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June 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
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NEWS
February 25, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Avraham Burg, an observant Jew and a political dove, this week vaulted into the nation's power elite by ascending to the Jewish Agency's chairmanship. The agency's 120-member board of governors on Wednesday elected Burg head of the oldest and most important institutional link between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Israeli police detained five women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall on Thursday, days after a new proposal emerged to set aside part of the holy site for men and women to pray together. Female worshippers at the sacred site are barred from performing religious rituals that Orthodox Jewish religious authorities say are solely for men. Women have repeatedly been detained for violating those rules, a continuing clash between the Orthodox rabbis who steer Israeli religious institutions and more liberal strains of Judaism in which women can use prayer shawls and lead congregations as rabbis.
NEWS
September 20, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Red and green pins dot the six-foot-wide map of the former Soviet Union--all spots where sizable Jewish communities remain, where economic collapse could bring political unrest and ethnic conflict but where Israel now has its own agents able to help the Jews to flee. "There must be the option for every Jew to leave and to come to Israel, and I can say now that there is," Baruch Gur, the head of the Jewish Agency's Eastern Europe department, declared with a sweep of his hand across the map.
NEWS
October 27, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel is in the midst of a tough reworking of its relationship with the Jews worldwide who raise hundreds of millions of dollars for it each year but want a bigger voice here on how the money is spent. At issue is who runs the Jewish Agency, the semi-governmental organization that now brings about 100,000 immigrants to Israel each year and in the process helps promote and guide the country's development. But equally at stake is the long-term role of the Jewish Diaspora in decision-making here.
NEWS
April 4, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time of great uncertainty in the relationship between the Jewish state and the Jewish people, at least one man passionately believes that the beleaguered Jewish Agency can play a powerful role in reshaping the ties between the two communities. The chief advocate for the bureaucracy that many Israelis have long viewed as little more than a dumping ground for fading politicians is Avraham Burg, the agency's newly elected chairman.
OPINION
June 20, 2003 | Tom Segev
JERUSALEM -- In one of those extraordinary turnarounds of history, the position of the Palestinians today mirrors the position the Jews were in nearly 60 years ago, between the end of World War II and the founding of the state of Israel. In those years, there were two Jewish paramilitary organizations in Palestine -- the Haganah and the Palmach -- affiliated with David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Agency, which represented the mainstream of the Jewish community.
NEWS
April 30, 1989
Soviet Jewish immigrants living in Israel have submitted a record number of invitations for their relatives to come from the Soviet Union, Israel Radio reported. It said about 79,000 invitations were submitted to Soviet authorities last year, the highest annual figure since the late 1960s. An invitation from relatives living abroad is a necessary step for a person wishing to emigrate from the Soviet Union. Uri Gordon, head of the Jewish Agency's immigration department, was quoted by the radio as estimating that Soviet Jewish emigration will reach 50,000 this year.
NEWS
June 6, 1990 | From Reuters
Israel should heed Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's threat to stop the flow of Jewish immigrants if they are settled in occupied territories, the top Israeli immigration official said. "Gorbachev holds the Jews. We do not have to erect obstacles in his path," Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the semiofficial Jewish Agency, said in remarks published in Israeli newspapers Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
"Call Me Maybe" has gone Jewish, just in time for Rosh Hashana. The French arm of the Jewish Agency for Israel created "Call Me Maybe-Chana Tova," a parody video of the Carly Rae Jepsen song to ring in the Jewish New Year. ( Shana Tova is how you say Happy New Year in Hebrew). The video was posted to YouTube on Sept. 3 and had already racked up close to 675,000 views by Monday afternoon. That's hundreds of thousands more views than it had Monday morning. The Jewish Agency for Israel was instrumental in establishing the state of Israel, but now the organization has made strengthening Jewish identity in young people around the world and in Israel its mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2004 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Alvin Bronstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles from 1968 to 1978, has died. He was 90. Bronstein died of natural causes Aug. 9 in Ojai, according to his son, Phil. During his tenure, the council expanded its outreach to the community, opening branch facilities in the South Bay and the San Fernando Valley. It also created the Menorah Housing Foundation to address the growing need for dignified housing for seniors.
WORLD
June 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Immigration to Israel has fallen sharply this year, a Cabinet minister said Monday, as the government took a step to try to reverse the trend by reinstating housing grants for new arrivals. Only 7,692 immigrants came to Israel in the first five months of the year, putting the country on track for a yearlong total far below the 35,168 of 2002, according to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. Immigration is in a "tailspin," said the head of the ministry, Tzipi Livni.
OPINION
June 20, 2003 | Tom Segev
JERUSALEM -- In one of those extraordinary turnarounds of history, the position of the Palestinians today mirrors the position the Jews were in nearly 60 years ago, between the end of World War II and the founding of the state of Israel. In those years, there were two Jewish paramilitary organizations in Palestine -- the Haganah and the Palmach -- affiliated with David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Agency, which represented the mainstream of the Jewish community.
NEWS
March 9, 2000 | By TRACY WILKINSON,
In a landmark decision that strikes at the heart of Israel's identity as a Jewish state, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government may no longer allocate land to its citizens based on their religion or ethnicity and may no longer prevent Arab citizens from living where they choose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1999 | Religion News Service
United Jewish Communities is the new name of an umbrella Jewish charitable agency that will disperse more than $700 million annually to Jewish causes in the United States and abroad. The agency was formed by combining the Council of Jewish Federations, the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal. Stephen D. Solender, executive vice president of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York, has been named the new group's acting head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
"Call Me Maybe" has gone Jewish, just in time for Rosh Hashana. The French arm of the Jewish Agency for Israel created "Call Me Maybe-Chana Tova," a parody video of the Carly Rae Jepsen song to ring in the Jewish New Year. ( Shana Tova is how you say Happy New Year in Hebrew). The video was posted to YouTube on Sept. 3 and had already racked up close to 675,000 views by Monday afternoon. That's hundreds of thousands more views than it had Monday morning. The Jewish Agency for Israel was instrumental in establishing the state of Israel, but now the organization has made strengthening Jewish identity in young people around the world and in Israel its mission.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1999 | JAMES MEIER
Jewish Family Service of Orange County is holding weekly discussion sessions to help interfaith families handle problems with child-rearing, holidays and other issues. "The predominant problem is there are often conflicting points of views," said Mel Roth of the organization. "Sometimes it's confusion as to how to raise the children. Sometimes, they feel pressure from the grandparents." The best course "is to choose one religion . . . and stick with that," Roth said.
NEWS
May 2, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Alarmed and angered by an escalating debate in Israel over who is a Jew, liberal Jewish leaders in the United States have launched a major shift of charitable giving to Israel.
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