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November 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Jewish community of North America is facing "a crisis of major proportions" that has been caused by the lack of commitment to passing on Jewish ethnic and religious traditions to a new generation, according to a national commission that has studied the situation for two years.
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November 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Jewish community of North America is facing "a crisis of major proportions" that has been caused by the lack of commitment to passing on Jewish ethnic and religious traditions to a new generation, according to a national commission that has studied the situation for two years.
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November 6, 1999 | ELAINE GALE
More than 1,400 Hebrew classes will be offered to Jews in North America this month to promote Hebrew literacy. The program, "Read Hebrew America/Canada," is the most extensive campaign of its kind organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program. Organizers say only 20% of American Jews speak Hebrew, and hope to raise that figure. About 20,000 Jews--many of them unaffiliated with any temple--are expected to participate in North America, up from 15,000 when the program began last year.
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December 9, 2000 | Religion News Service
Christians and Jews from North America are teaming up with a band of Israelis and Palestinians to serve as human shields in Israel. The nonviolent peace tactics of Mennonite Anita Fast and Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Jew, involve staying overnight in the homes of Palestinian families enduring missile attacks, as well as protecting Palestinian olive-pickers from armed settlers.
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May 31, 1994 | Associated Press
Gay men and lesbians Monday held the first service at Israel's Holocaust Memorial to honor the tens of thousands of homosexuals murdered by the Nazis. But the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem refused to officially sanction the event, and police detained four religious protesters who shouted "No More Gays," "AIDS!" and "Homos! May God Save You!"
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November 5, 1995 | ERIKA TAYLOR
BOYCHIKS IN THE HOOD: Travels in the Hasidic Underground. by Robert Eisenberg (HarperCollins: $20; 237 pp.) There are a quarter of a million Hasidic Jews in North America, and their numbers increase by 5% annually. If that growth rate remains constant, the Hasidic population will double every 15 years. Conversely, many secular Jews marry Gentiles, and their children are often raised outside Judaism.
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April 3, 1997
Enough is enough! Rabbi David Hollander's "clarification" of the declaration from the Union of Orthodox Rabbis (March 29) only makes matters worse. Yes, we all got the message: It isn't our being Jewish that is questioned (as long as our mothers were Jewish, or we were converted by a kosher rabbi, that is); whether the rest of us (over 90% of the Jews in North America) practice Judaism is the question. I believe the response from Rabbi Harvey Fields clearly stakes out the tremendous danger inherent in such pronouncements.
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February 17, 1997 | From the Washington Post
The American Jewish community, often regarded by outsiders as a monolith, faces a serious rift of historic proportions. The cause is the reemergence of the "Who is a Jew?" debate in Israel, prompted by the upcoming vote in the Israeli parliament on a bill that would deny legitimacy to all but Orthodox conversions. On one side are the Orthodox, who represent a minority of Jews in this country and in Israel, yet have a monopoly on state-recognized religious authority there.
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February 21, 1994
Michael Lerner ("It Was Israel's Optimists, Not Its Cynics, Who Changed History," Commentary, Feb. 11) is rejoicing prematurely. When the dust of Israel's incredible capitulation to Arab designs settles; when PLO terrorists dressed in "PLO police uniforms" roam Judea, Samaria and Gaza; when the 140,000 Jewish residents of these territories are vulnerable to Arab massacre; when Arab "refugees" swarm into the territories as their first step toward regaining...
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November 2, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Leaders of Reform Judaism, the most liberal of synagogue organizations, say they have outpaced the Conservative movement and now have a record-high 791 member congregations. They say they have been gaining new affiliates in the last three years at the rate of more than one a month. "We believe the Reform movement is already the largest denomination in American Judaism," said Rabbi Alexander M.
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