For Ethiopians Left Behind, Another Wrongful Delay

03/22/2016 - 13:16

Last November 15, the Israeli government unanimously decided to bring to Israel approximately 9,000 Ethiopians, 70 percent of whom have first-degree relatives in Israel.  Left behind because they were only paternally linked, these people returned to Judaism years ago. All will undertake a full conversion, like the more than 50,000 Ethiopians who arrived after Operation Solomon. Even ministers from the charedi Shas party voted for the resolution.

Operation Solomon was a covert Israeli military operation to airlift Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1991. Wikimedia Commons

Ukrainian Jewish Lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman Menaced In Kiev

06/22/2014 - 20:00

Oleksandr Feldman, a Ukrainian lawmaker and Jewish leader, said he was threatened in Kiev by uniformed men who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him.

Esther's in Vegas

That's right, Esther's in Vegas. No, not THAT Esther? We'll shift our focus to Queen Esther in less than two weeks. For now, the focus is on another Esther.

The King & Queen of the Jewish Twittersphere: William Daroff & Esther Kustanowitz

School Guard Funding Mixup

10/17/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Just hours after outlining ways he would like to use the entire $20 million allocated by the United Jewish Communities for school security, the director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office was told he could use only $8 million. The remaining $12 million is now to be used for other projects. “The $12 million is now off the table [for school security],” Stephen Hoffman, UJC’s chief executive officer, told Avigdor Yitzchaki. “It is news to me that the $12 million has now vanished,” Yitzchaki said.

Birth Pains

11/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer and Editor and Publisher
Atlanta — To David Altshuler, the first official event of the newly formed United Jewish Communities — the four-day General Assembly held here this past week — was like a brit milah, or circumcision.

UJC Approves Funding Over Green Line

06/13/2002 - 20:00
Editor & Publisher
After 35 years of confining its Israel-designated funds to within the Green Line, the primary fund-raising arm for the American Jewish community has changed its policy. In an historic move, the board of trustees of the United Jewish Communities, meeting Monday in Chicago, unanimously “adopted a broad interpretation of the UJC charter to permit the organization to provide assistance to Jews around the world, irrespective of where they live,” according to an official statement.

UJC To Take Up Big-Money Chase

10/14/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
At a time when private Jewish foundations are doling out perhaps more money on their own than the entire Jewish federation network in North America, the Jewish community is set to strike back. Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the United Jewish Communities’ announcement last week, overshadowed by the appointment of Stephen Solender as president of the newly reorganized social service network, was the establishment of a national foundation to bring America’s most wealthy into the communal tent.

UJC Now Reassessing Aid To Ethiopians

07/22/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
As Rabbi Jerome Epstein left the synagogue in the Ethiopian city of Gondar Tuesday morning, a dozen children were pounding on the door of the closed food pantry next door. The children, ages 4 to 7, had come to the pantry as they had for months, apparently “too young to understand that the cupboard is now bare,” said Rabbi Epstein, executive vice-president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Can Silverman Fix UJC?

05/28/2009 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
  Jerry Silverman, who takes over at UJC in September, says he will hit the road to improve ties between local federations and umbrella group.  

Can Silverman Fix UJC?

05/28/2009 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
 Jerry Silverman, who takes over at UJC in September, says he will hit the road to improve ties between local federations and umbrella group.  
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