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French, Ukraine Jews boost aliyah by 50%

JERUSALEM — Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50% over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine.

In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first four months of 2014 increased by 50% over the first quarter of 2013, from 4,073 to 6,101, according to data compiled by the Jewish Agency for Israel ahead of its board of governors meeting, which was held this week in Jerusalem.

The figures do not cover immigration from Ethiopia, which ended last year with the arrival of the last of the Falash Mura.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:17 )

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National

Claims Conference considers its future

Claims Conference considers its futureNEW YORK — A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned. The panel was appointed last year following a scandal involving the Claims Conference’s failure to detect a $57 million fraud scheme there that persisted until 2009. It also recommended cutting in half the size of the board’s executive committee and the number ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29 )

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Local

Local events around kidnapping filled with pain

Local events around kidnapping filled with painFour hundred people gathered at two heartfelt events on behalf of the three teens kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, June 12. As of press time, they had not been found. The first event was an extended  recitation of Psalms, beseeching G-d for His grace and help. The second event was a vigil, expressing pain and unity in song and speech. The recitation of Psalms was held at EDOS, Sunday evening, June 22. Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg of Zera Abraham led the responsive recitation. The event...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:37 )

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National

Three Jewish men run for Massachusetts governor

BOSTON — Steve Grossman, the former chair of AIPAC, will be one of two Jewish candidates for Massachusetts governor on the Democratic primary ballot. Grossman, the state’s treasurer and one-time head of the Democratic National Committee, and Dr. Don Berwick, a one-time pediatrician and former Medicare chief, qualified in voting by party delegates at the state’s Democratic convention held Saturday. A third Jewish candidate, Evan Falchuk, son of former Hadassah national president Nancy Fal...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:55 )

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Israel

Global community condemns kidnapping crime

Global community condemns kidnapping crimeTEL AVIV — Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers. Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task. The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread its forces across the West Bank to search for the teens. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop at nothing to find Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. But the effort is taking place amid a...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:31 )

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