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18 Sivan 5763 - June 18, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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NYC Has Less than a Million Jews, but Metropolitan Jewish Population Stable At 1.4 Million -- Conservative and Reform Jews Rapidly Decreasing
by M Plaut

According to a study released this week by the UJA-Federation of New York, the overall New York Jewish community of the metropolitan area has remained stable at 1.4 million people over the last twelve years, but the population of New York City itself has dropped below a million for the first time in a century. The proportion of Jews identifying themselves as Conservative and Reform has dropped from 70 percent to 55 percent in only 11 years.

Israel Insisting on Stop in Terrorism
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel is insisting on a halt to terror activities, including Hamas, before moving ahead with the road map. Israel will not transfer even limited security control to the Palestinians as long as the Hamas continues to carry out terror attacks, according to a senior Israeli security official. At the same time, international pressure is being brought to bear on Hamas, as the European Union discussed whether to outlaw the Hamas political wing. Its military wing has long been blacklisted.

S A Jews Struggle Against Propaganda
by D Saks, South Africa

South African Jews are making little headway in countering negative portrayals of Israel -- and increasingly also of Jews -- in the mainstream media, despite statutory provisions prohibiting the dissemination of "hate speech" based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.

Education Ministry has Yet to Fund Chareidi Cultural Organizations
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Education Minister Limor Livnat told a Knesset plenum that she supports transferring advance funding for chareidi cultural organizations and promised to evaluate why these allocations from the 2003 budget have been delayed.

New Wing Dedicated at Kol Torah
by Betzalel Kahn

An immense assemblage of gedolei Yisroel, roshei yeshivos, rabbonim, dayanim, public figures, talmidim, alumni and other guests packed the Kol Torah campus in Jerusalem's Bayit Vegan neighborhood to participate in an impressive dedication ceremony for the yeshiva's new wing and the new beis medrash for the yeshiva ketanoh.

Dedication Ceremony for Mercaz Limudei Eretz Yisroel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A modest dedication ceremony for the Mercaz Limudei Eretz Yisroel, under the auspices of the Beis Medrash LeHalocho BeHityashvut HeChakla'it, drew Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv and HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, as well as the Beis Medrash's roshei kollelim, rabbonim, Knesset members, city heads and public figures to the construction site at the entrance to the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Media Myths
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week, the IDF carried out an unsuccessful mission to eliminate Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, who survived the helicopter strike upon his vehicle in Gaza City. An outpouring of media criticism has followed.

Court Blocks Construction of Botei Knesses in Rosh HaAyin
by A. Cohen

Tel Aviv District Court Judge Uzi Fogelman issued a temporary injunction to prevent the construction of new botei knesses in the Tal neighborhood of Rosh HaAyin in response to a request by local residents after the plan received City Council approval.

The Knesset Yehuda Cheder in Sanhedria Hamurchevet
by D.F.

A few days before the end of the Pesach bein hazmanim, I decided to recharge my spiritual batteries by visiting a cheder and interviewing its staff. What could be more inspiring than the sight of tinokos shel beis rabbon cheerfully studying Torah?

Rebbetzin Elsa Cohen, Hy'd
by Y. Arielli

Elsa Cohen, Hy'd, the wife of the late HaRav Chananyoh Cohen, the former Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Bialik, was brought to rest following her tragic death in last week's bus bombing in Jerusalem.

HaRav Moshe Ebstein zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Acharei Mos -- Kedoshim -- Emor is interpreted to mean that sometimes only after the passing of a tzaddik should one tell the full extent of his greatness. We will try to trace the life story of HaRav Moshe Ebstein, a master educator who was niftar last Wednesday, 11 Sivan.

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